Breaking the Generational Cycle of Poverty

Breaking the Generational Cycle of Poverty

Written By

The Vivint Smart Home Team

It’s extremely challenging to break the generational cycles of poverty and change the lives of children and communities – but it’s a challenge the Friendship House in Billings, MT is willing to take on. Early this summer Vivint employees in the area joined the fight to help children and families struggling with poverty.

The Friendship House is well-known in the Billings community for providing after-school and summer programs children. The mission is two-fold: providing affordable and quality childcare for working parents as well as programs that help participating children “adopt a different worldview than the one they grew up in.”

With the help of the community and donations, the Friendship house has been undergoing an important renovation which has included additional insulation to the building, a new kitchen, the addition of a playground and more. Vivint volunteers helped with the renovation’s finishing touches and painted new classrooms, dug and leveled soil in preparation for planting soil and installing sprinkler heads, and cleaned out the nonprofit’s buses used for field trips for the children.
“Everyone was touched by the work that is done at the Friendship House. It was rewarding to know that we were helping this organization make a difference in the lives of children in need,” volunteer Elizabeth Miles said.