Donated former church building will provide shelter for teenagers
Marcia Bumke of Sparrows Nest hugs Brian Tanko after touring the
Kalispell building that Tanko and his wife, Victoria, donated
to the organization on Wednesday.
By HILARY MATHESON/The Daily Inter Lake
Shelter for Flathead Valley homeless teens is within reach.
The Sparrows Nest Northwest Montana (formerly the Flathead Homeless Youth Committee) received a recent donation of a 6,720-square-foot building at the corner of Second Street West and Seventh Avenue West in Kalispell from Brian and Victoria Tanko of Kalispell.
The building, which was purchased by the Tankos for $140,000, formerly housed a church.
The donation is a dream realized by a grassroots effort among community members, churches and organizations that began meeting a year and a half ago to brainstorm ways to provide safe, temporary shelter for teens under 18.