How To Request A Need

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How To Request A Need

Please visit our office at 511 Central Ave STE 104 Great Falls, MT to fill out an application. Note: We require you to complete a full application, provide proof of residence (lease) and a valid photo ID.

Things to consider before completing the Need Request form

Here at we understand how stressful it is when you are in need. We also understand that when you are facing a situation that seems daunting, a “want” may seem to be a “need.” However, needs are different than wants. During our verification process our staff will ask you several questions about your situation. Your answers and the fact that you are seeking help remains private and confident. This is important because as stewards of the community’s willingness to help, we have to verify that your request is a “need” and not a “want” before considering posting your request on the website. Some of these questions will be about your financial situation, employment status, your ability to fulfill your need yourself, your history of receiving help from other organizations, etc.

Please know that no one is here to judge you or your situation, but we must verify the merit of your need. In some cases, we will make suggestions on who you should contact first. If you tell us that you have been to other organizations and they turned down your request, we will ask you why. It is not that we do not believe you, but we must verify all of the facts before considering posting your need request. Our motto is simple: “If we cannot prove it, we do not post it.”

Approved Need Request Categories

Beds (Twin, Full, Queen)

Furniture (kitchen table/chairs, couch, loveseat, recliner, sitting chair, dresser, coffee table, etc)

Appliances (microwave)

Housewares (pots & pans, coffeemaker, hot plate, dishware, glasses & cups, silverware, towels, bedding, blankets)

Medical Equipment (wheel chair, lift chair, walker, hospital bed, blood pressure pump, canes, crutches, shower chair/bench, shower/tub bar)

Emergency Fuel For Your Vehicle (driver’s license, registration & insurance in your name is required)

Auto Repairs – $600 limit – applicant must be able to pay at minimum ½ of the total cost of the repairs in advance of services being performed. We are unable to post need requests for major repairs such as: transmission or engine rebuilds. (driver’s license, registration & insurance in your name is required)

 Tires – $600 limit—generally the applicant must be able to pay ½ in advance of services being performed. (driver’s license, registration & insurance in your name is required) Bus/Transit Passes – Local transportation only.

Medical Trip Expenses – Executive Director must approve.

We will also consider other need requests on a case by case basis.

We Are Unable To Post A Need Request For The Following Categories:

Moving Help, Toys, Computers, Appliance Repairs, Emergency Shelter, General Plumbing, Painting, General Construction, Roofing Repairs, General Repairs to Non-Crucial Items, Cable Bills, Cell Phone Bills, Large Electric/Gas Bills, Damaged or Failing Fencing, Collections, Rent or Mortgage Payments, Previous Medical Issues, or any Prescription., New/Used Vehicles, Christmas Presents, Veterinarian Bills, Medical Bills, Deposits for Rent.

Washers and Dryers: Requests for Washers & Dryers can be approved for elderly or fully disabled.

How To Request a Need

Please visit our office to fill out an application
511 Central Ave STE 104
Great Falls, MT 59401

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