Thank you to our

generous community for making a difference!

Every contribution counts and goes right where it belongs at RMDC! Your giving makes a concrete difference in the lives of families and individuals in our community – in YOUR community. An investment in RMDC helps provide the assistance our community needs right here in south-central Montana.

HISTORY OF RMDC

 

BACKGROUND

Rocky Mountain Development Council, Inc. is a nonprofit Community Action Agency (CAA). In Montana, we are one of ten such organizations called Human Resource Development Councils (HRDCs).

 

Like our 1,000 counterparts around the nation, we exist to improve the lives of community members and promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families. We work primarily, but not solely, in Broadwater, Jefferson, and Lewis & Clark Counties.

 

THE WAR ON POVERTY

In 1963, shortly before he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy had asked his economic advisors to prepare proposals to address the problem of poverty in America. President Lyndon B. Johnson continued this initiative. In his first State of the Union address, Johnson called for an unconditional war to defeat poverty and ultimately prepared the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which became law that same year.

 

The Act authorized a variety of programs including Head Start, the Job Corps, VISTA, and Community Action Agency programs. Congress slowly appropriated funding to match the Act’s initiatives. Beginning in 1981, many CAA agency programs were funded through federal Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) dollars, which are awarded and monitored by state agencies.

 

The Community Action Agency component of this legislation was modeled on two successful urban renewal projects both of which emphasized active participation by low-income citizens.

 

Community Action Agencies are committed to:

Prioritize prevention of poverty;

Address the causes of poverty;

Involve the community;

Improve the community; and

Create opportunity.

 

Community Action Agency response to clients is

designed to be:

Flexible;

Coordinated; and

Directed to long-term client development.

NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER

200 SOUTH CRUSE AVENUE HELENA, MONTANA 59601

PHONE 406.447.1680

JACKSON STREET CENTER

648 Jackson Street

Helena, Montana 59601

 Phone 406.447.1625

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