Dec 21

Family Based Services and Day Treatment blessed by an AMAZING holiday party!

Scenes from the 2015 Holiday Party hosted by Helena First Assembly of God for our FBS and DT families

Scenes from the 2015 Holiday Party hosted by Helena First Assembly of God for our Family-based services and Day Treatment families

On December 17th, the wonderful people of Helena First Assembly held a beautiful, festive and amazing holiday party for the children and families served by Intermountain’s home support services and day treatment programs. “Helena First,” as they refer to themselves, is a congregation invested in the well-being of the Helena community, and they were especially interested in blessing local families that benefit from Intermountain’s services.

What many people don’t know is that Intermountain serves many more children and families than just those represented by our residential services at 500 S. Lamborn in Helena. Over the past 15 years, especially, Intermountain has made a consisted effort to minister to children before the need arises for intensive residential treatment. These services form the majority of what Intermountain now does on a day-to-day basis. Helena First saw this growing aspect of our ministry and wanted to support it in a tangible way.

(Click here for more information about Intermountain’s community services).

Volunteer coordinator Sheree Vainio and the Helena First church family embarked on this project with an enthusiasm and energy that is inspiring. What they were able to accomplish was simply amazing! They served a turkey AND ham dinner to over 200 people, brought Santa and his gingerbread helpers in to pass out dozens of presents, and even had special gifts for our staff.

The sense of community and connection was clear. Here are a few comments made by those most touched by the outpouring of support from the Helena First Assembly of God church:

“It was definitely a team effort and a special night.  We couldn’t have done it without the partnership of First Assembly.  It was great to have the opportunity to acknowledge our families for the hard work they do each day!” –Kelly Zimmerman, Family Developer

“What a beautiful night last evening was. I’d like you to know how moving it was for me, as well as for others to know what an amazing force of will and spirit there was in you and in the others to make it happen. There was such delight and warmth in the kids and families, and in me last night – as I experienced what a gift it is to be a part of a rich community – Thanks to First Assembly of God Church.” –Gwen Sensening, Day Treatment Therapist

“Wow! This is just what I wanted for Christmas. This is really cool!” –MANY of the children that were blessed to get a present from Santa’s helpers at Helena First Assembly