The GFIA meeting this month was centered around raising awareness of the plight of homeless students in Great Falls schools, as well as inmates transitioning back into society from prison.
There are 186 homeless students in the Great Falls public school system. In Shelby, the prison system busses all inmates they release to Great Falls and drops them off with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Rents are doubling and tripling in Great Falls due to the influx of oil workers. Cascade County Inmates are not getting the education they need in order to transition back into society successfully.
St. Vincent DePaul, the Salvation Army, and other groups are trying to help them. Some of the bigger churches can do more than others, since they have food pantries and access to affordable housing.