Recently Montana 1st News reported on a family who had been living on the streets of Kalispell. At the time we thought (as we passed the family while driving) that the children were approximately 1-3 years old.
We discovered recently that the children, (two little girls) are 2 and 4 years old and look younger than they are and are malnourished. We also learned that a couple of different women reached out trying to help the homeless family who were seen around Kalispell and who spent a lot of time in Depot Park.
What transpired from the generous help was sad indeed. One resident shared that she had bought the family things they needed including diapers, food, supplies, and clothing and even wanted to get the family a couple of nights stay in a motel. However, what really transpired is the mother of these tiny homeless girls sold the items to purchase drugs (we think Meth).
We also learned that the father was seen ‘abusing’ the children in public. (To what degree and manner of abuse we do not know) and that the mother is continuing to do drugs and as stated above the girls are malnourished.
We are glad to report that the young children have been removed and are in foster care. We are also grieved that this is what had to happen and hope and pray that the parents can get the help they need to recover. The streets are no place for tiny children to be living and especially with the extreme heat we will be experiencing in the next couple of weeks.
Friends keep an eye out for our neighbors and do what is right to the best of your ability. To read the former article published by Montana 1st News concerning this family please click here.