Women & Children's Center
106 5th Ave W
Kalispell, MT 59901
Our Mission at Peggy's House
No one can deny there is a profound need in today’s world to show greater love and respect for one another. Positive change can happen in the world from one single life being touched by kindness and compassion. Nobody aspires to be homeless and nothing compares to the mental and physical challenges of being a homeless mother with children.
Our humanitarian philosophy at A Ray of Hope is to share God’s love by giving a hand up not a hand out. Peggy's House opened it's doors in July of 2019 with the same goal. We work to help our neighbors break the cycle of homelessness in the following ways: Providing shelter and the basic necessities, partnering guests with other community resources, promoting independence and recovery, providing accountability, facilitating the opportunity to be of service to others and to encourage the opportunity to spend time in God’s word and to join us for bible studies.
In our hand up, not a hand out motto, guests give back hours a day and receive on-the- job training. This entails self-documenting hours worked to acquire job skills and good work ethics. They put in hours at our Thrift Store accepting and sorting donations, assisting customers and organizing the store. While living in our shelters they begin engaging in work related skills such as culinary, janitorial, receiving/sorting inventory, office work, and writing for our newsletter. They are encouraged to restore and rebuild healthy relationships. We take pregnant women off the streets until they can be provided with a safe home. We offer a sober and accountable environment to those coming off drugs and alcohol to begin the road to recovery. We are a safe environment where moms can be reunited with their children. We help those with mental health issues, giving them a place to live as they gain stability. All of our services are free of charge. The only requirements of guests staying with us is to remain sober, give back benevolence, be accountable for their choices and actions and to follow our guidelines.
For numerous years before her passing, it was A Ray of Hope Founder Peggy Christensen’s, hope, dream and vision to provide a place of safety, protection, guidance, spiritual training, healing, hope, and housing for the needy women and children of our valley. She believed everyone is welcomed here and the stigma of being a homeless, “street person” is disregarded as soon as you walk through our doors. Our 3 story, Women & Children's shelter provides an additional 9 bedrooms to keep moms with their children and begin the process of helping to change their lives. You don’t need to be a mom to receive our services, single ladies are welcome as well.
The Women’s and Children’s Shelter shall provide a safe harbor to those in the community with nowhere else to turn. It will provide those who seek help not only with food, clothing and shelter but with knowledge and an avenue to develop competency in meeting life’s challenges. We are proud to provide opportunity and access of a safe place to heal and we are building up and supporting the physical, mental and spiritual components of every individual. The people in the shelters are being nourished, guided and challenged to do their best and become their best.