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Mountain Home Montana

Three years in the making, new apartments opened in June 2011 next door to Mountain Home Montana’s original group home, which remained open.

As part of Mountain Home Montana’s celebration of its 15th anniversary, community members are invited to an open house Wednesday.

The event runs from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the organization’s home, 2606 South Ave. W. Tours will be offered each hour and people can view apartments and enjoy refreshments.

Since Mountain Home began, it has grown from a three-bedroom residential home to providing housing, support and mental health services for 45 young families a year.

The current facility boasts six transitional rooms, one emergency room and five apartments, according to a news release.

Mountain Home also has expanded mental health services and has made strides toward using evidence-based program models, including SafeCare and Parent Child Interaction Therapy.

"We are proud of the successes we have had as an agency and a community over the past 15 years, but even more excited to celebrate the successes of the hundreds of families we’ve served," said Afton Russell, interim director for the organization.

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Later this month, a fundraiser will be held to benefit the Mountain Home Mama’s Resource Center, which provides free activities for families.

Tickets to the March 27 screening of “Gimme Shelter” at the Crystal Theater are available for a suggested donation of $10 at Mountain Home and on the organization’s Facebook page and website.

The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. and features a pregnant teen who takes refuge at a homeless youth shelter. A panel discussion featuring Mountain Home workers and former clients will follow the film.

For more information about the open house and fundraiser, visit mountainhomemt.org, find Mountain Home Montana on Facebook, email info@mountainhomemt.org or call 541-4663.

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