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    Much to be Thankful for!

    This year is one more year of watching and seeing what can happen in the lives of people who are  given trust and a home to live in, getting to know them and understand the cause of their pain that brought them to our door  needing a hand up to recovery in gaining the strength to go back into a world where they can be self sufficient.
    When our guest see a neighbor that reach out to touch their lives, it is easy to see that even  ones with bad attitudes  and a hard heart  starts to softens in the hope of recovery.
    As Mark Twain said so well “Always do the right thing”. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” Thank you for being one of those people that has astonished many broken people thru your kindness to them.
    Bob and I know with very grateful hearts that A Ray of Hope would not be a place of refuge and hope if it was not for all the donations that make it possible to keep A Ray of Hope Door open to people who have burned all other bridges in their lives and to the ones who have fallen thru the cracks of any help thru no fault of their own. 
    We are so thankful to each one of you that has given a Hand up to a hurting neighbor!!  
    Bob and Peggy



    Upcoming Fundraiser

     JUNE 25 2015 Thursday  
    The Ladies Charity Golf Tournament, for those of you better than I AM at golf, 72 women golfers are needed!  Invite women golfers you know to sign up!  please provide their info by using the enclosed registration form.
    Mail to Cookie (address on form) OR complete, SCAN & email to loissinnlindquist@gmail.com
    Village Greens Golf Course, 500 Palmer Drive, Kalispell--8:15 - 9:30  Registration & Breakfast--9:30 Shotgun Start--Luncheon & Awards after 18 hole


    Upcoming Fundraiser

    JUNE 28 2015 SUNDAY
    Flathead Southerner’s Fish Fry don’t miss this, it’s a blast! Once again Bill McGuffie has for the second year selected A RAY of HOPE as beneficiary of the Raffle & Silent Auction proceeds at his awesome 19th annual FLATHEAD SOUTHERNERS CATFISH FRY & GATHERI
    VISTA LINDA-PAVILION, 240 BOON RD, SOMERS, MT 'All-You-Can-Eat' Buffet (12+ Authentic Southern Recipe food items) begins at 5:30 pm & the 'Program' (raffle drawings, silent auction closings, etc.) begins by 6:30 pm. (Buffet price –Adults (STILL only$22 , Under 13 -$1/per year)  


    From the desk of Chris Trussell

    I recently had the most wonderful opportunity to see God working through others. A group of young men and women with Campus Ministries came from all over Idaho and Montana to spend a day volunteering their leadership and labor at A Ray of Hope. Lead and labor they did! There is ALWAYS something that needs doing around the property. Working around the shelter and thrift store, they managed to get some things done in a day that may have taken us a week.
    Close to lunch time I asked Tyler, the group’s leader, what we could do for lunch? He advised me they had brought their own. They had also brought their own tools. As they were loading into cars at the end of the day (I believe wanting no fanfare) I asked if they could indulge me a group picture. As I took the photo, my heart moved to the point of a few tears realizing that the whole point of these trips were simply to be a blessing.
    I hollered out “you forgot your things”, noticing they had left all their tools behind as they began pulling away from the shelter. “Those are for you all”, someone said as they drove off……..



    A Ray of Hope is dedicated to helping those in our community who need help. No one is ever turned away from our doors in normal circumstances. A Ray of Hope operates under Biblical principles, We seek to minister the love of God in very practical ways to those who need it most. We desire to heal the hurting and provide help for the hopeless. To reflect God's goodness and express His love, is our desire.

    A Ray of Hope is a non-profit trust administered by an independent board of trustees made up of concerned citizens in our community.

    You can contribute to A Ray of Hope through this website, or mailing your tax deductible  gifts to secured Box 5407 Kalispell, Montana 59903

    May God bless you as you help us give the needful a hand up...not a hand out.


    What Does A Ray of Hope Do?

    A Ray of Hope started  in 1999 in a second hand store on Hwy 2 east in Kalispell MT and in no time people began showing up off the streets asking for help and a safe place to sleep. Mattresses were put on the floor, warm food cooked and clothes provided.
    Our ministry has grown into one shelter and a Thrift store.  Our goal is to share God’s love in giving a hand up not a hand out. We work to help our neighbors to break the cycle of Homelessness in the following ways:  We provide shelter; We help keep families with children in their homes, Provide education in computer and retail skills. In our hand up not a hand out motto; they give back hours a day and receive on the job training while self documenting hours worked to acquire job skills and good work ethics. We provide bus tickets to get those who have lost their home safely home to family members who can get them back on their feet. We take in pregnant  women off the streets until they can be provided a safe home. We have a Mountain Retreat offered at no cost to those coming off drugs and alcohol to spend time in an intense 12 step program.
     A Thrift store to provide needed clothing and house hold items for people who have lost everything sometimes due to their own poor choice or to fire and other issues they had not control over such as a husband and father waking up one morning and putting his family on the streets while he leaves with anything of value. Taking mental health people and giving them a place to live as they stabilize.


    Where does the money come from?

    It comes from churches, business and people in the community, like you, who want to invest in the future of others less fortunate. If you have a Paypal account and would like to donate, please enter the amount and click the "Donate" button.



    Who is A Ray of Hope?

    A Ray of Hope is made up of your friends and neighbors, and we hope you will join us too. A Ray of Hope is operated by 100% volunteer service! A Ray of Hope has zero payroll! Every penny goes where it's needed, not in somebody's pocket or a corporate overhead. All benefits go to this community, all funds stay right here in Flathead County.


    What about other groups that do the same thing?

    The need is far greater than the resources, just look around you. The need is readily apparent. To even make a dent in the needs around us it will take a cooperative effort, composed of government and private agencies, law enforcement and churches.

    Society has shifted the burden of these needs back to local communities and churches. A Ray of Hope exists totally to serve these needs. As more and more people come our way our need of funds, friends, and other resources grows.

    A Ray of Hope operates simply and without fanfare and it needs your help to continue providing these vital services to our community.

    Please call or stop by so you can become part of giving a hand up instead of giving a hand out.