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Founded in 1971, The Friendship Center is the community resource for addressing and preventing domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking through advocacy, education, and outreach in Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson counties.

Domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking do not discriminate and neither do we. Our services are available to anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be a safe haven for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and to empower our community to flourish in relationships free from violence.


1430 Sanders St.
Helena, MT 59601


406.430.0114 fax




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Gina Boesdorfer, Executive Director

Deb Bakke, Direct Services Advocate

Cheyenne Bartelt, Finance Director

Jackie Brennan, Development Coordinator

Jaime Gabrielli, Direct Services Advocate

Maggie Hanzel, Direct Services Advocate

Sarah Kamis, Direct Services Advocate

Eric Parsons, Outreach and Education Coordinator

Kim Patterson, Development Director

Emma Person, Crisis Line Assistant

Jan Stergar, Direct Services Advocate

Terri Stotts, Residential Advocate

Brenda Thompson, Shelter Manager

April Whitaker, Finance & Program Assistant

Katie Loveland, President

Cindy Bultena, Vice President

Ann Penner, Secretary

Brad Bragg

Ross Duncan

Kirsten Madsen

Kevin Mathews

Marie Mullarkey

Molly Severtson

Shawn Swift

Hanna Warhank

The Friendship Center is seeking a Treasurer to join our governing board! If you have a financial background and a desire to support our mission, consider applying to join our board!

Staff & Board
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Our Impact

In 2022, The Friendship Center


82 victims of sexual assault.


6,342 nights of safe shelter for

146 people

fleeing violence.

Presented to

1,121 people

in more than

35 presentations about healthy relationships and consent.


591 known individuals through 5,429 services.

Literally saved my life.

Everyone there is so nice and they are very helpful. They have great resources and I love what they do for our community.

The people who work there are the best life is so much better than it was before I stayed at the center.

Amazing staff. Helpful caring people. Loved the group meetings and the class 'Changing Patterns.'

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