This Friday, the Belgrade VFW Post will present Gallatin County Treatment Court and the Friends of the Treatment Court (FOTC) with its largest single donation in the programs’ history.
Jim Matters, Jr., Commander of the VFW Nicholas Bloem Post 12112 in Belgrade, will attend the bi-weekly Treatment Court session on Friday, March 15 where he will present a $1,100 donation to Treatment Court’s FOTC program.
Friends of the Treatment Court is a group of volunteers who donate time and funding to help participants in the Treatment Court program.
Gallatin County Treatment Court is an 18-month voluntary program that can be an alternative to incarceration for adult offenders whose crimes were motivated by substance abuse.
Among a number of things, participants are required to attend addictions counseling, mental health therapy and support groups, as well as submit to frequent drug and alcohol testing and report weekly to a case manager.
The five core values Treatment Court attempts to instill in the participants are honesty, integrity, responsibility, sobriety and service.
Friends of the Treatment Court was formed nearly 20 years ago to support the program’s participants. Over the years, that support has ranged from donating furniture and kitchenware to participants moving into a new home, to buying gifts for participants, birthday cards and Christmas gifts.
“Just little things to make them feel appreciated and a part of the community,” explained Steve Ette, Treatment Court coordinator.
The donation will be presented during Treatment Court’s regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. in Gallatin County District Court Judge John Brown’s courtroom at the Law and Justice Center, located at 615 S. 16th Ave. in Bozeman.
Steve Ette, Treatment Court coordinator