Gift of Life Housing Centers
Imagine receiving a devastating diagnosis and then learning there is hope through treatment. The only problem is the treatment, which will take several weeks, is 110 miles from home.
Where will I stay? How can I possibly pay for lodging on top of the treatment?
This is why Gift of Life Housing exists.
Benefis Gift of Life Housing Centers provides donor-supported housing to individuals who live outside of Great Falls and are receiving treatment at Benefis Health System for cancer or another illness or who have a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Also, a family member can stay at Gift of Life Housing when a loved one is receiving inpatient care at Benefis.
What does Gift of Life Housing offer?
Gift of Life Housing becomes a “home away from home” by providing a warm, cozy atmosphere for people during what could be the greatest crisis of their lives. The apartments each feature a fully-equipped kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom, with linens and towels provided. There’s a laundry room available for guests as well.
The two Gift of Life Housing Centers – one on Benefis East Campus and the other on Benefis West Campus - together offer a total of 22 apartments and six short-stay rooms (similar to hotel rooms). Additionally, East Gift of Life Housing has RV spaces with hookups to water and electricity; West Gift of Life Housing has RV spaces with hookups to water, electricity and sewer.
Gift of Life Housing residents are undergoing treatment at Benefis and live outside of Great Falls. If you are eligible, please make your doctor aware of your need or call the Gift of Life Housing office at (406) 731-8180.
How is this housing possible?
Gift of Life Housing Centers came to be through grassroots fundraising efforts by people who cared and wanted to help others in their times of need. Since then, people have continued to donate to Gift of Life Housing through Benefis Health System Foundation, and, thanks to these kindhearted donors, Gift of Life Housing has continued to be a blessing in the lives of many.
Your donation to the Gift of Life Housing Centers Endowment will ensure that this important service continues in perpetuity. Or you may donate to the Gift of Life Housing operating fund, which helps the centers meet current, daily needs.
If you'd like to support this important program, please click on the "Donate Now" button at the top of the page. You also can call us at (406) 455-5840 or contact us through the website by clicking HERE. We look forward to partnering with you continue providing this incredible “gift” to the people of our region.
Here's what previous Gift of Life Housing residents have said about this important service, which is 100 percent supported by donations from caring people:
"When darkness and uncertainty threaten a family and their friends, there is a light at the end of the tunnel - Gift of Life Housing. Thank you for your generosity, which has brought light and warming shelter to many families."
- Gift of Life resident, Cut Bank, MT
"What a blessing it was to have such a nice, comfortable place to stay while we were in Great Falls. My husband was here having hemodialysis treatments. Having a place with a kitchen was so nice because he needs to watch his diet carefully; eating out would cause a setback to his health. It was also a blessing that the rooms were on ground level. It made taking care of our 8-month-old son a breeze. Your thoughtfulness made me cry when I walked into the furnished apartment. The worry of having to make another trip back home to buy more stuff just melted away. We will never forget your hospitality."
- Gift of Life resident, Wilsall, MT
“When my husband needed to stay in Great Falls for nearly eight weeks of medical treatments, it was a respite to leave the hubbub of motel lobbies and restaurants for a peaceful apartment at Gift of Life Housing Centers. With a kitchen to prepare special meals in, more than one chair to relax in, a separate bedroom for getting away for a nap, and the support of staff and new acquaintances who were dealing with similar circumstances, our stay at Gift of Life was like finding a little bit of heaven on earth during a very difficult time.”
- Gift of Life resident, Malta, MT
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Benefis Healthcare Foundation for Gift of Life housing. I stayed at the East Campus throughout the summer while I was having radiation treatments. The apartment and staff reflected the care and love with which this program was conceived and created. It would not have been possible for me to have had radiation if it were not for this wonderful housing. You have, quite literally, given me the gift of life.”
- Gift of Life resident, Shelby, MT
"Gift of Life Housing was an answer to my prayer. The weather was very bad during the month I was there, and everything was perfect. It was so nice to have adequate parking for not only your car but also visitors, and the driveway and path to Sletten were always free of snow."
- Gift of Life resident, Belt, MT