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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 N 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, Client Services Manager

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, Facilities Manager

April Whitaker, Finance & Program Assistant

The Friendship Center is seeking Crisis Line Advocates to staff our 24-hour crisis line outside of our office hours, and on occasional holidays and administrative days.

This position is stipend-based with an additional hourly rate for hours worked. If you're interested in helping provide trauma-informed crisis intervention, advocacy, and support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, consider applying to join our team!

We're Hiring!

Katie Loveland, President

Cindy Bultena, Vice President

Erin Snyder, Treasurer

Ann Penner, Secretary

Brad Bragg

Ross Duncan

Kirsten Madsen

Kevin Mathews

Marie Mullarkey

Molly Severtson

Shawn Swift

Hanna Warhank

Staff & Board
Bridge over a River


115 sexual assault clients

received our help.

We provided

8,541 nights of safe shelter for

157 people

fleeing violence

784 people

engaged in more than

35 presentations about healthy relationships and consent.

We served

722 known individuals through 7,391 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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