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West Mont begins major renovation of group home

Posted at 6:36 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 20:36:06-04

HELENA – Members of the community gathered at West Mont Farm and Gardens on Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking on major renovations to their group home.

Construction will make the facility fully ADA accessible, add another bedroom, revamp the bathrooms to help staff assist clients as well as many other improvements.

“This means a home where clients can age with us and still receive services. That way they don’t have to attend any nursing homes or anything like that,” said Ashleigh Heimbach, West Mont President.

Many of the clients that live at the West Mont Farm and Gardens Group Home have been there for more than a decade.

The non-profit was able to make the $800,000 renovations thanks to funding from HUD, the Montana Department of Commerce and Lewis and Clark County.

Vice President of Development Arlene Flynn said this update has been a long time coming and will greatly improve the lives of the clients that live there.

“There’s a lot of longevity and I think sometimes people don’t realize that our clients are not a transient population. They are here to live with us. We are their family and they’re our family,” said Flynn

Flynn would also like to thank the community for all of their support over the years.

Construction is expected to be completed by the beginning of September 2019.

Current clients of the Farm and Gardens Group Home have been moved into other West Mont facilities while work is being done.