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Construction begins on campus bringing together Bozeman's first year-around shelter, new food resource center

Intrinsic Architecture and Hennebery Eddy Architects
A rendering of the new campus in Bozeman bringing together the city's first year-round shelter and a food resource center.

A Bozeman nonprofit broke ground this week on a campus that will be home to the city's first permanent year-around shelter and a new food resource center.

The new campus in north Bozeman will for the first time bring housing and food resources to the same location.

Jill Holder with the Human Resource Development Council says moving out of a repurposed garage and into a new larger space will allow the Gallatin Valley Food Bank to offer resources like more cooking classes and pre-made meals for seniors.

“I’m so excited about a building that will equal the food that we’re getting, the staff that we have and the volunteers that we have,” she said.

Bozeman’s pay-what-you-can restaurant, Fork & Spoon, will also eventually share space with the food bank at the new food resource center.

And next door, the overnight shelter will provide housing counselors and accommodations for 130 guests, says HRDC Housing Director Brian Guyer.

“But the other pieces are important as well, people needing mental health services, we’ll have those on site, but we’ll also have financial coaches," he said. "We'll have dentists, anybody who is willing to help provide those services for our guests on site."

The new campus that will eventually house most of HRDC’s programming and some office space is slated to open in the spring of 2023. The nonprofit is hosting a virtual community celebration on Thursday to share design plans and more updates.

Olivia Weitz covers Bozeman and surrounding communities in Southwest Montana for Yellowstone Public Radio. She has reported for Northwest News Network and Boise State Public Radio and previously worked at a daily print newspaper. She is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and the Transom Story Workshop.