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Kelly

I am a mother, a resident of Red Lodge, and the Executive Director of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. Our mission is to serve individuals, families, and communities impacted by physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in Carbon and Stillwater Counties. When my son was born, I didn’t want to leave him for a second. Unfortunately, […]

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Jolene

I am a proud resident of Polson, Montana and I work for Safe Harbor. SAFE Harbor is a non-profit organization that provides emergency services to male and female survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking for all of Lake County, which includes a majority of Flathead Indian Reservation. Working for a small nonprofit, and […]

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Angie, Small Business Owner

I have been the business owner of Candy Masterpiece in Great Falls for 17 years. During my tenure, I have done my best to help my employees when and where I can, as life happens to all of us. It is my belief that paid leave is a topic worth considering and has been a […]

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Kathi, Business Owner and Physician

I am a family medicine physician practicing in Hamilton, Montana. My husband, who is also a physician, and I have owned and operated our independent practice since 2004. We have a staff of 9 people, including 2 Physician Assistants. There are many challenges to operating an independent medical practice in this day and age. The […]

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Laurie, Nurse

I am  a Family Nurse Practitioner who has worked with Great Falls residents for 38 years. I am also a family caregiver. When my husband and I raised our daughters, we were both fortunate to work for county and state agencies, and a local school district. We had benefits that included paid leave to care […]

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Keri

My mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in December 2014. She was 76 years old at the time of diagnosis. She lives in her own home in northcentral Montana with my father who was diagnosed with dementia three months earlier. She had a bilateral mastectomy with lymph node removal 7 days after her […]

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Chelsia

I am a bladder cancer survivor of four years. I support the Family Paid Leave Act. It is legislation that not only supports the structure of family unit, but that is an affordable means for managing care when other options run out or are not available. When I was diagnosed I was working full time […]

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Kelly

A little over a year ago, my extremely healthy and active mother, Jan, and broke her femur resulting in hospitalization and surgery. Mom’s only prior hospitalizations were for childbirth. She’s entirely unfamiliar with the medical system which limited in her ability to manage major medical services while injured. None of her children live in Great Falls, […]

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Jennifer, Owner of Skin Chic in Missoula

I own Skin Chic, a small business in Missoula, and I completely support a state program to fund paid family and medical leave. I know how hard it is to grow a business. When I started out we were very small and times were tough. It took a long time to find the exact balance […]

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Shane

When my wife got pregnant and we started to plan out the first year of our unborn daughter’s life, we knew it would be hard. The best my wife could do was to take a little of what sick leave she had, another two months of unpaid leave, and then go back to work. However, […]