Picture This

The maze of rooms within the Rocky Mountain School of Photography is hurried with footsteps. There is a woman holding a brush to another woman’s face, her eyelashes fanning up toward the ceiling. A few steps away is a man adjusting his tie, his wife cooing to a sleeping baby dressed in a Christmas outfit. Flashes of light come from…

A Gown to Clothe Our Heart

In 2011, my wife and I endured the unthinkable. She was 18 weeks pregnant with our first child and an ultrasound came back with some curious results. Within 36 hours we found out that our unborn baby was not well, and the prognosis was bleak. The following 18 weeks were filled with doctors we didn’t know existed, tests we had…

Bridging Uncertainity

Child Bridge, a nonprofit founded by Mary and Steve Bryan in 2011, recently opened an office in Missoula and its team of professionals include staff with theological and human services backgrounds. The organization recruits prospective foster/adoptive parents through churches, which they’ve found are uniquely poised to mobilize volunteers because of the shared value systems, regular gatherings, and sense of community,…

Companions 
to Our 
Furry 
Friends

It's remarkable to know that our community has played an enormous role in the Humane Society of Western Montana's 98% adoption rate, isn't it? All across our city there are bellies being rubbed, dogs taking their new owners on hikes, and felines burrowing into the necks of their fur-ever family members. It's a dutiful place of selfless, all-enduring love that…

Putting a Smile on Prevention

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. While painful to recognize or be reminded of, there is beauty here—something every heart in the Missoula community should be proud of. The beautiful part, of course, comes with the word prevention and witnessing how our community's efforts help make it a national movement. It's wince-worthy to even imagine child abuse having a…

Little Free Libraries

Kindness is contagious. It’s a driving force for cities around the globe, sometimes saving them where they need it most—the heart. Most would say Missoula’s heartbeat is unwavering, pronounced even. There’s an energy to this place that’s unlike many other cities, unique to its geographic location and to the crop of people who have settled here, or those who have…

Chasing Normal

Global Health Innovation’s Mission of Caring for Moms and Babies with HIV Article Lisa Allen | Photos Provided I could pack this article with statistics: approximately 23 million people live with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly 16 million children under the age of 18 have been orphaned by AIDS in Africa alone. Each day, 6,000 … Continued

Feeding Hungry AniMeals

Eight years ago, Karyn Moltzen received a call that changed her life. A man from Missoula Animal Control asked her if she could take in eight cats that were at-risk of being euthanized for lack of space at the facility.