The mission of The Friendship Center 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.


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 either do we. Our services are available to anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.


President Katie Loveland

1st Vice President Cindy Bultena

2nd Vice President Renee Kowalski

Treasurer Jacki Frank

Secretary Ann Penner

Gina Boesdorfer

Ross Duncan

Michael Glenn

Kirsten Madsen

Kevin Mathews

Marie Mullarkey
Hanna Warhank


1430 Sanders St.
Helena, MT 59601


406.430.0114 fax



Gina Boesdorfer, Executive Director


9AM - 4PM  / FRIDAY 



We have an amazing team of advocates available to assist you.

If you do not need immediate help and wish to reach out via e-mail, please fill out the contact form and an advocate will reach out. Be sure to leave information where it will be safe to contact you and indicate if we can leave a message.

We will respond as quickly as possible but if there is a more urgent need, please call 406.442.6800.

Is it safe to call this number?
Is it safe to leave a voicemail?
Is it safe to use this email?
What is your preferred method of contact?

An Advocate will be in touch.

The Friendship Center Staff

Gina Boesdorfer, Executive Director

Heidi Opitz, Client Care Director

Deb Bakke, Direct Services Advocate

Cheyenne Bartelt, Finance Director

Sarah Kamis, Direct Services Advocate

Jaime Gabrielli, Residential Advocate

Jan Stergar, Direct Services Advocate

Ruth Ferst, Shelter Advocate

Kim Patterson, Development Director

Brenda Thompson, Shelter Manager

April Whitaker, Program Support Assistant

Eric Parsons, Outreach and Education Coordinator



We want to increase prevention efforts through public awareness campaigns, education, and outreach. Wouldn’t it be a beautiful day if our services were no longer needed because family violence and sexual assault were eliminated? 

Call or email us to discuss opportunities.


STAND (Survivors Taking A New Direction) is an educational based support group that meets on Tuesdays from 1-2pm and childcare is provided. The group schedule rotates through the following topics every 6-weeks: domestic violence, sexual assault, safety planning, healthy relationships, coping skills, and self-care. The information discussed each topic week is different, e.g. every week 1 topic will be related to domestic violence, but each week 1 throughout the year will have different information. This allows individuals to attend the group weeks that best fit their situation and needs. There is a 1 week break between every 6 week cycle to plan for the following series.

2nd Friday of each month // Friendship Friday

Join us for a complimentary lunch and tour of our shelter to see how this community provides safe haven and hope to the most vulnerable among us. RSVP to 406.442.6800 or email kim.p@thefriendshipcenter.org.


October 30 - November 10 / Crisis Line Training