Social Justice Team Members Assemble Church World Service Kits yearly.

Social Justice Team Members Assemble Church World Service Kits yearly.

Our Team

Pilgrim’s Social Justice Coordinating Team oversees a wide variety of activities in which many of our friends and members are engaged.  We expand our ministry by helping those in need here in Bozeman as well as in Montana.  Several of our activities also support national and international efforts to bring aid and comfort to millions.  The current Social Justice team members include:
Mary Ann Tower (Chair),  Mary NollSusan ByorthSara BisterfeldDana MiquellePhyllis BockSusan Reisch, Connie Myslik McFadden and Elise Strong. We thank Rebecca AdamsKerry Williams and Karen Savage for their years of service and dedication to Social Justice and the Pilgrim team.

2017 Giving Tree

2017 Giving Tree

Social Justice News!

This Christmas Season the Social Justice Team is offering a Giving Tree

The tree has decorations with wish list items from three local charities - The Warming Center, Haven and the Help Center.
The Warming Center (open from Nov. 1st through Mar. 31st) is in it's 9th season of offering shelter to homeless people in the winter.  The past several years the need at the Warming Center has increased about 20% each year but last year the need increased by 33%.  To accommodate this increase the staff was doubled this year and families and single women are being sheltered at Christ the King Lutheran Church on Durston.  The Warming Center is a program of HRDC and a new shelter is being planned.  HRDC has purchased land on Griffin between north 7th and Rouse and it is currently raising money to pay off the land and build the new shelter.  The future shelter will be year-round with a resource hub (e.g. mental health counseling) above the shelter.  The Food Bank will also be in this building.
     Haven is committed to reducing the incidence and minimizing the impact of domestic abuse on families and communities.  Haven provides emergency shelter, crisis intervention, on-going support, referrals and education.  Haven's services are for any victim or survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.  They include offering an emergency shelter, 24 hour support line, legal advocacy, adult support group, kid's group, individual counseling and community education.
     Help Center started as a Crisis Hotline in the 1970's.  It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help individuals and families sort out problems, deal with feelings and make decisions.  The Help Center accepts calls from people with issues ranging from suicidality, depression/anxiety to relationship/family problems and makes referrals.  The center also provides sexual assault and suicide outreach as well as follow up counseling and referral.  The center is part of the Child Advocacy Center of Gallatin County - which focuses on child abuse.  Hearts and Homes is a Help Center program that offers support services to families who have children in foster, kinship or dual custody care.
     Please place your gifts in the decorated box in the Narthex.  Thank you!

Pilgrim donated $18,507.35 to the following organizations in 2017. 

This does not includes dollars collected Flying Signs for the Warming Center, Matching Grant monies for the Food Bank, Dollars spent on the Shoe Drive, Christmas presents for Warms Spring Patients, In-Kind donations for the Food Bank, Personal Pantry Items, Building use by Mission Groups, and the CWS Health Kits:

  • $500 to the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries for aid to hurricane victims

  • $500 to the United Way of Missoula County which has set up funds to help the victims of area fires

  • $250 went to the Lolo Peak Fire Fund

  • $250 went to the Seeley Lake/Rice Ridge Fire Fund

  • $250 was donated to the Help Center

  • $250 went to the home visit program at Thrive

  • $250 to the Gallatin Re-entry program

  • $500 to the UCC Emergency USA Fund-Louisiana Flood

  • $400 Bozeman School District- Homeless Students

  • $210 to the Montana Assoc. of Christians MAC Day

  • $430 in Good Samaritan Support

  • $600 to the Salvation Army

  • $500 to the Community Cafe (Fork& Spoon)

  • $500 to International Rescue Committee

  • $300 to Doctors Without Borders

  • $500 to Family Promise

  • $1000 to the Warming Center

  • $1000 from Women of Pilgrim for the HRDC Youth Shelter

  • $5,530 for CROP Walk

  • 79 pairs of Gym Shoes for homeless students

  • 15 huge bags of gifts for the Warm Springs Patients

  • $2277.35 at Megan Makeever's 2017 Warming Center Concert

  • $3000 from Used Book Sales in support of local literacy programs:

  1. · 11/4/2016 $500 for Bozeman HS Native American Program

  2. · 11/4/2016 $250 for a Nursing Student & $250 for a Minor Homeless Student

  3. · 1/24/2017 $500 to Greater Gallatin United Way Kids Link Literacy Program

  4. · 1/24/2017 $500 to the New Bookmobile in honor of Marcia Johnson

  5. · 9/9/2017 $500 to Bozeman Head Start & $500 to Belgrade Head Start

Megan at God's Garden Spring 2017

Megan at God's Garden Spring 2017

Organizations We Support

HRDC: Warming Center, Homeless Youth Housing, Home to Stay
Community Cafe
Aid to Orphans of Madagascar
Church World Services (distributing school kits)
Family Promise
Salvation army
Gallatin re-entry program
Globalgiving (Ecuador)
Bozeman High School Homeless students
MT Association of  Christians ( MAC day)
UCC Emergency Fund  (Louisiana Flooding)
Heifer Foundation
Crop Walk
Southern Poverty Law Center
Coats for Kurdistan
Hope House
Community Health Partners
Intermountain Children’s Home
International Rescue Committee
YMCA Child’s Scholarship
Habitat for Humanity
Doctors Without Borders
Warm Springs (gifts to patients)

Pilgrim CROP Walkers October 2017

Pilgrim CROP Walkers October 2017

Hands On Outreach

  • Community Cafe on the fourth Thursday of each month

  • Family Promise Hosting

  • God's Garden volunteer

  • CROP Walk sponsor or walker

  • Warming Shelter fundraiser or volunteer

  • Gifts with a lift

  • Church World Service Kits

  • Heifer Project Living Market

  • Literacy Book Sales