A 2020 study by Healthy Gallatin found that almost half of all Gallatin, Madison, and Park County residents are negatively affected by substance abuse, according to Greater Impact Executive Director John Paszkiet. “It is important for those in recovery to have a safe place to build a healthy lifestyle, with a healthy community around them, and leaders who support them,” he says.
The nonprofit recently opened a centrally located men’s addiction recovery home in Bozeman. Jeremy House joins Greater Impact’s Lindsey House, a sober-living home for women. Launched in 2020, the program has graduated nine women. “All have jobs and are flourishing in Bozeman,” says Recovery Director Linda Walker.
Lindsey House graduate, Anetta, says, “Completing this program saved my life.” A Native American mother of six from the Flathead Reservation, she was at the end of her rope when she joined Lindsey House in 2020. Now two years sober, Anetta works full time and has reconnected with her family.
Walker would like to open more Greater Impact homes, including a place for women and children, in the coming years. “We’re trying to provide a safe place for people to start a new chapter in their lives,” she says. “We’re hoping to help a lot of people.”