GREAT FALLS – The Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic has served north-central Montana for 30 years.
“I think working for a nonprofit particularly in therapeutics is so valuable,” clinic director Molly Beck said.
The nonprofit provides early intervention speech and language therapy to 150 kids a week, all free of charge. The clinic helps children who typically are ages 12-18 months.
“We are not having to focus so much on insurance coverage and how many number of visits and those restrictions and all of our efforts in funds are focused directly on kids and parent programs, and parent training and implementing those with the families,” Beck said.
The organization receives no state, federal or insurance funds, which leaves them to rely solely on grants and donations.
“That is one of the drawbacks of nonprofit work is you really have to raise every dollar that we need for the clinic,” Beck said.
The clinic’s 16th annual spaghetti dinner is set for Thursday, May 2. All the funds raised will go towards paying the six therapists employed.
“Because our physical space is donated, we really run a lean and mean operation. The services are donated, we have a volunteer office staff, volunteer board members, and all of the money goes directly to making sure kids are having intervention time with skilled therapists,” Beck said.
Along with the dinner, there will be over 80 donated silent auction baskets, 50/50, and a raffle.
“There is something for everybody,” Beck said.
Beck invites everyone to come out and see what the Scottish Rite is all about.
She said her favorite part of her job is seeing the kids succeed.
“These parents are coming in and they know that developmentally something is very off track with their child and that is a very scary and vulnerable position to be in as a parent. To see the change that happens with those kids and those parents is really fulfilling,” Beck said.
Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased at the door.
The event kicks off at 5 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m.
The Scottish Rite is located at 1304 13th street south.
To learn more about Scottish Rite, you can click here.