Finding security,<br />a sense of belonging,<br />and a place to call home.

Finding security,
a sense of belonging,
and a place to call home.

The Greatfish Challenge to benefit the Flathead Youth Home

Support the Flathead Youth Home through the Great Fish Community Challenge!
July 25th through September 13th

We are excited to be a part of the Whitefish Community Foundation Great Fish Challenge that grows your support through a matching gift supporting our care for kids!The Community Challenge is an annual charitable giving campaign designed to maximize donations, encourage charitable giving, and raise awareness for participating charities. Your gifts will make an even greater impact to the Flathead Youth Home when combined with the additional matching grant.

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October 10th, 2019 – Snowline Acres (South of Kalispell)

We are excited to be hosting the 3rd annual Dress to the Nines and Dine for the Flathead Youth Home in the newly constructed Snowline Acres, south of Kalispell. To take full advantage of this amazing venue, we have moved our date forward a month so our guests can enjoy the beautiful sprawling patio looking out over the Swan Mountains.We are thrilled to have chef, Tim Good, returning with a hand-selected menu, and bar librarian, Meagan Schmoll, mixing up her amazing specialty drinks at our hosted bar.
One of our amazing past residents will share a story followed by a rousing live auction with some exciting adventure opportunities. We will close out the evening with a paddle call in support of the kids at the Flathead Youth Home.Live music all night long!

This year’s theme is:  Garden Party

What:  Dress to the Nines and Dine, a benefit evening for the kids at the Flathead Youth Home

When:  October 10th [still making decision on time]
Where:  Snow Line Acres, Kalispell  [just beyond the Hwy. 93 by-pass]
Who:  Event open to our community
How much:  $75 / person
Menu options:
  • Prime Rib with roasted garlic mashed potatoes & grilled seasonal vegetables
  • Chicken Saltimbocca with roasted garlic mashed potatoes & grilled seasonal vegetables
  • Vegetable yellow curry with tofu served with basmati rice (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Vegan)

Interested in donating or sponsoring?  Download our donor/sponsor information here…  

Or contact Hannah Plumb for more information. Thank you!

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If you are unable to attend our Dress to the Nines event but would like to support the work of the Flathead Youth Home, you donation today goes directly to caring for our community’s most vulnerable youth.

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What We Do

We carry a dual license in both short-term shelter care and long-term group home care to provide for the unique needs of each child. That means a youth may stay with us for three weeks, allowing time to stabilize the crisis and set up necessary services to prevent future crises. Other youth come to us with needs that require a longer stay and may be in our care for up to a year. This dual license allows time for case workers, probation officers, counselors, family, and our dedicated staff to work together to provide best outcomes for these kids.

Their Stories



Ashley’s mother was not able to provide adequate and consistent supervision because of her drug abuse. Ashley has never known her birth father but he is rumored to be in the mafia. Ashley’s early childhood was marred by sexual abuse at the hands of a foster brother, and she suffered from depression. When the pressures came down on Ashley, she made a serious suicide attempt, so she was placed with Youth Homes. Ashley responded well to the consistency Youth Homes offered, compared to the chaos and abuse she had endured for years. Ashley did well with nurturing, individualized attention, clear directions, explanations of consequences, and positive reinforcement. She learned to advocate and express herself in a positive manner, as well as accept feedback and redirection. At 15, she is hoping to go to a healthy foster home where she can become a “normal” teenage girl.




Damien arrived at Youth Homes under immense personal stress and with difficulties that most adults would find overwhelming. His gregarious, generous and kind-hearted nature was evident from the beginning, but it was shielded by the difficult circumstances in which he was placed. Damien had been recently diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes and was still learning how to live with its challenges when his mother was paralyzed in an accident. Damien’s mood swings from the disease were compounded by the painful cloud of his mother, and primary care giver, being suddenly swept away; hurt and too far away to visit. Damien found a safe and structured place to stay with Youth Homes as he and his mother began the healing process, and with time, were reunited under the same roof.




Hope’s early childhood consisted of an abusive, alcoholic father and a very unstable mother.  Hope’s father eventually left the family and they spent the next few years moving from state to state. During this time, the family stayed in random houses, and Hope and her siblings were abused by strangers. When the family arrived in Montana, Hope’s mother became more distant, and Hope was never sure where she would sleep or if she’d be safe. Eventually Child and Family Services removed Hope from the run down motel room she, and several other people, lived in and placed her with Youth Homes until her mother could stabilize. Instead, her mother and siblings abandoned Hope and left the state. Hope was then placed in group care so she could learn to trust adults, and just recently, was placed with a therapeutic foster family through the Dan Fox Family Care Program. She now has a brand-new bedroom she calls home and has adults in her life who will keep her safe.