A Ministry of Yellowstone United Methodist Congregations.
The Free Store is open for shoppers the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon.
It is located at 345 Broadwater Avenue, on the second floor of the Evangelical United Methodist Church.
Before the store opens, at 9:30 am an optional church service is available. There is also a free hot meal served in the basement.
You can become involved by volunteering your time while the Free Store is open, by donating items (linens, kitchen items, in-season, clean clothing), or by donating money to help meet the $200.00/month rent and utility costs. Another need is assistance with child care while the Free Store is open (contact Pastor Sara Neff 406-259-1897 if interested).
This ministry has been in existence for seven years. An average of 52 families shop each Saturday the Free Store is open. Clearly there is a need for this ministry.
Recently, a pregnant woman only days away from her due date arrived in Billings with nothing for the baby. The Free Store was able to provide diapers, clothing, bedding, and other needs. The mother-to-be was in tears as she left.
A couple, currently living in a small camper parked in a parking lot, at a time of very cold temperatures came looking for warm clothing and bedding. One item they received was a set of sheets. The woman was ecstatic. With teary eyes she related they had not had sheets for several years and instead had been using an old blanket.
We encourage visitors as well as shoppers. Do consider becoming a part of the Free Store family of volunteers.
FREE STORE LOCATION: 345 BROADWATER AVENUE
CONTACT NUMBER: 406-259-1897
HOURS FOR SHOPPING:
1ST AND 3RD SATURDAYS OF THE MONTH 10 AM TO 12:30 PM
DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED: Wednesday and Saturday 8:30 TO 11:00 am
The people of Grace United Methodist Church of Billings, Montana choose to fully embrace a commitment to "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors and Witness for Christ" as we share God's love with all persons through worship, nurture, fellowship, and service.
Our welcome erases all boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic condition, or physical and mental ability. We seek to honor the beautiful, amazing diversity of creation.
We are proud to be a reconciling, inclusive community welcoming all of God's people to full participation in our church and the larger community of Jesus Christ.
A Reconciling Statement for Grace UMC - May 11, 2011