What is the Montana Veterans Foundation?

The Montana Veterans Foundation is a registered 501c3 tax-exempt organization based in Helena, Montana.  The Foundation provides transitional veteran services at our living facility—the Willis Cruse House.  We also operate the Veterans Thrift Store as a work program and the Veterans Recovery Workshop as a center for vocational therapy.  We serve Montana veterans and homeless veterans residing in Montana.    


How do you help veterans in Montana?

The Montana Veterans Foundation helps homeless veterans by getting them off the street and into an integrative recovery program that addresses their mental and physical health, their life style, addiction, and job training and placement.  The Foundation also provides a Recovery Workshop open to all Montana Veterans that offers skill training for employment as well as vocational therapy.  In addition, the Foundation is also charged with extending a service center both in person and on-line that serves the homeless and distressed veteran population.


Is the Montana Veterans Foundation the same as the VA?

The Montana Veterans Foundation works closely with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) but is not an affiliate.  The VA funds the Per Diem Capital Grant for the Willis Cruse House residents but does not support any other programs.  The Foundation has a positive working relationship with the VA and can help you find the resources you may need to navigate the benefit system in cooperation with VA personnel.  


How can I get more involved with the Montana Veterans Foundation?

You can get involved with the Foundation by: 


Donating funds or gifts for the Willis Cruse House and its residents

Support our work online via Facebook and Twitter

Shopping at The Gallery 318 Fuller Avenue, Helena MT 59601


Where is the Willis Cruse House?  Can I visit?

The Willis Cruse House is located at 1112 Leslie Avenue, Helena MT 59601 and is a therapeutic living environment.  Please keep in mind that the Willis Cruse House is a safe space for veterans but it is NOT a shelter.  Instead, the Willis Cruse House offers a holistic recovery setting where interested veterans must apply and be accepted.  If you are interested in scheduling a guided tour of the house and meet some of the residents, please contact our Program Director at 406-449-7666.


I am interested in the Veterans Recovery Workshop, can I get a tour?

The Veterans Recovery Workshop is the newest program of the Montana Veterans Foundation.  The Workshop offers veterans the opportunity to learn life skills, technical skills, vocational skills, and vocational therapy.  To visit Site 1 or 2 of the Workshops please contact our Program Director at 406-449-7666.


I want to donate to the Foundation, how can I do that?

Thank you for considering a tax-deductible donation to the Montana Veterans Foundation.  There are several ways to donate:

•Visit our donate webpage at www.mtvf.org to process a secure payment online

•Donate over the phone at 406-459-2667 and speak to a friendly membership representative

•Make a personal check payable to Montana Veterans Foundation and send to:

Montana Veterans Foundation

Membership Services

318 Fuller Avenue

Helena MT 59601


I am a woman veteran; can I live at the Willis Cruse House?

Unfortunately at this time, the Willis Cruse Facility is exclusive to veteran men.  This is due to the enormous rate of need.  However we at the Foundation understand that veteran women are an underserved population and would be happy to help you find a Veteran Women Advocate to work with you.  Visit our Veteran Women Service Center to learn more.


I have a veteran related emergency!  Who can I call?

If you have a medical emergency please dial 911.

If you or someone you know is in need of a crisis counselor please call 1-800-273-8255 press ‘1’ or visit the Veteran Crisis Hotline to begin a live chat with a qualified professional. 


I know a homeless veteran, can you help him?

Yes!  Please contact our program director at 406-449-7666 and we can get started on helping you or your loved one.