Bozeman, Montana

Befrienders Bozeman & Montana Raptor Center

Bozeman is a pretty magical place. In no small part it’s due to people like our new friend, Cami, who was the Executive Director of Befrienders Bozeman, an organization that puts seniors in touch with young folks to bridge the intergenerational gap. Over the course of two days I met a variety of warm and loving seniors for great conversation including one of the best stories ever told.

On Saturday, we also had a chance to go fishing with two Bozeman locals (thank you Linda and Noah!) in Belgrade, Montana. Though I didn’t have any luck, Noah and Linda did. The fish they caught were donated to the Montana Raptor Conservation Center. Lucky for me, Linda took us to the Raptor Center and we were fortunate (very coincidentally) to see a Red Tailed Hawk the Center had been rehabbing for the past two weeks get released into the wild. We had no idea the release was happening, but were very glad to see it and very impressed by the work the Center is doing.

More about Befrienders Bozeman (from their website):

Befrienders is a non-profit program whose mission is to enhance the quality of life by “befriending” our aging population. Due to life transition, physical limitations or other circumstances, seniors may have limited social interaction. Befrienders matches a volunteer and a senior together to spend at least an hour each week doing a variety of activities, such as going out to lunch, playing games or just talking.

Befrienders was established in 1993 and has brought many generations together in a mutually rewarding relationship by honoring the human spirit and provding life-enriching volunteer opportunities. The program is free and open to seniors age 65 and older and volunteers age 18 and older.

More about Montana Raptor Conservation Center (from their website):

Our mission is to improve the welfare of raptors across Montana through rehabilitation of injured birds, community education, and partnerships for raptor conservation and research.

Befrienders Bozeman on the web:
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Montana Raptor Conservation Center on the web:
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Mobile, Alabama

The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama

I had an opportunity to visit the Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama in Mobile with my friend Michelle. Public Relations Director Katie Emer gave us a tour of the facilities and explained the philosophy behind the organization. We then joined some of the kitchen staff to help prepare and serve dinner to those in need.

More about the Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama (from their website):

The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama provides spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men, women and children who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.
Our centers offer emergency shelter, job training and placement, social services and seasonal assistance for families in need.

We also provide work, group and individual therapy for men who are recovering from addictions. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with family and resume a normal life.

Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama on the web:
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Dahlonega, Georgia

TLC Humane Shelter

I joined my friend, author Delilah S. Dawson at the TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, Georgia. We spent time with cats and dogs who needed a little human interaction. To be honest, it was nice, having been on the road for a bit, to run around outside with the dogs and to quasi-nap in the sun with the kittens.

More about the TLC Humane Society (from their website):

TLC Humane Society, legally recognized as Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, was founded in 1977 and is Dahlonega’s only no-kill shelter. We are a licensed non-profit 501(c)(3) rescue organization and have both dogs and cats and, often times, puppies and kittens available for adoption, and all of them need to find a good home.

The shelter sits on 5.87 acres of beautiful property which includes a dog park, walking trail, small block house with 2 cat rooms, a kitten room and 3 dogs runs, plus a puppy palace with 6 dog runs and 16 large dog kennels.

TLC Humane Society is very active in the community, hosting adoption events almost every weekend on the beautiful Dahlonega Square and at many other locations nearby. In addition, we hold several activities and events throughout the year, such as the annual Bark in the Park Festival in the fall.

We do our best to save as many animals as we can, but that’s only possible with the help of our community and people like you. We are especially happy to find new volunteers who share out commitment for the animals of Lumpkin County and surrounding North Georgia area. Check out our Get Involved for more information on what you can do. A helping hand is always appreciated!

Denver Rescue Mission on the web:
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