November 21, 2023
Executive Director Insight - Meet Interim Executive Director Karissa Trujillo
Outgoing Executive Director Andrea Davis passes on the torch—or hard hat—to Interim Executive Director Karissa Trujillo, who gives us an update.on our annual report, Trinity, Crowley, the State of the Organization event and our nationwide executive director search.
Our 2023 Annual Report is here!
Thanks to your support, we've empowered hundreds of Montanans through our programs over the past year and improved the lives of over 2,000 Montanans by providing rental homes they can afford. Read more about our impact in the annual report.
State of the Organization
You're invited to our State of the Organization talk on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom. Join us to hear about our updates and accomplishments. We will also provide an overview of our 2023-28 Strategic Plan and executive transition plan. Registration is required for this event.
Your Gift Makes Our Work Possible
More than 2,000 Montanans live in our rental homes, including veterans, local workers, 466 seniors, 341 people with disabilities and 642 children. Our financial skill building and homebuyer programs empower over 1,000 people a year.
Your gift of any amount will help empower hundreds more Montanans through our programs and help create 196 more homes that Montanans can afford to live in.
Save the Date for Giving Tuesday
On Nov. 28, your gift will be matched up to $2,000 to give Montanans the ability to build strong foundations that will allow them move forward in their lives. Help us reach our goal of raising $4,000 to empower local workers, seniors and families!
We're looking for an administrative specialist to join our team.
Our administrative specialist is the first point of contact for Homeword, manages class registration and preparation, supports our operational needs and provides administrative support to all staff.
Does this position look like a fit for you or someone you know? The priority deadline is Thursday, Nov. 30.
Urban Farm Grows Thousands of Pounds of Produce at Homeword Property
Homeword’s Orchard Gardens property is situated on 4.6 acres near the urban-rural fringe of the west side of Missoula, an area still deeply rooted in agricultural traditions. Residents began moving into the 35 rental homes at Orchard Gardens in 2005. At the same time, Homeword partnered with fellow local nonprofit Garden City Harvest. Leasing land on the property to Garden City Harvest for a Neighborhood Farm and Community Garden, the two organizations have collaborated to help revive the tradition of producing food for the community through agriculture.
Half of Orchard Gardens is dedicated to urban farming and community gardens. The Orchard Gardens Neighborhood Farm is 1.53 acres. It has served over 1,800 people, including 26 community-supported agriculture (CSA) members, and has grown well over 12,500 pounds of food.
Do you have a great experience as a Homeword resident or class participant that you'd like to share? We want to hear from you!
Share your story and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate for Home ReSource, $100 at the Good Food Store and a $100 gift card with the Missoula Downtown Association.
Special Thanks to Our Generous Program Sponsors
Coffee With Karissa
Coffee With Karissa is an opportunity for you to join our new interim executive director for a chat! We will share a few updates, gather suggestions and answer any questions that you may have.
On select Tuesdays at 3 p.m., Karissa will host an in-person meeting at our office, and on select Fridays at noon she will meet with groups virtually via Zoom.
Click one of the Coffee With Karissa event links below if you'd like to sign up for a time to meet Karissa.
Homeword uses sustainable methods to strengthen Montana communities by teaching homebuyer education and financial skill building and creating safe, healthy homes people can afford.
Montanans empowered through our Regional HomeOwnership Center
Safe, healthy homes Montanans can afford
Program participants empowered last year
Our Contact Information
1535 Liberty Lane, Suite 116A
Missoula, MT 59808