commonFont Makes $500,000 Donation to HRDC’s Griffin Place

Wednesday Jul. 15th, 2020

HRDC announced a $500,000 contribution from commonFont, a technology services company headquartered in Bozeman and a community partner to HRDC. The contribution is in support of Griffin Place, HRDC’s plan to better address hunger and homelessness in the community.

“commonFont has been an extraordinary advocate of HRDC for many years, as well as long standing volunteers and donors,” said Heather Grenier, CEO/ President of HRDC. “We are grateful for their partnership and for their generosity in the early stages of the development of Griffin Place. We hope their gift will encourage other businesses and individuals to consider a philanthropic gift to ensure our community can respond to future needs of our most vulnerable citizens.”

Griffin Place will be located across two parcels of land to the east and west of North 7th Avenue and will include a food resource center, home to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, Fork & Spoon restaurant, and more. The facility will also include a year-round shelter with onsite housing services and Housing First Village, an innovative approach utilizing tiny homes to address housing for persons whom homelessness has been a chronic situation.

“We have seen the growing needs of our community and witnessed the outstanding results HRDC has achieved in meeting those needs over the years,” said Abby Schlatter, Chief Executive Officer of commonFont and Co-Founder/Owner, along with Managing Director Matt Fulton. “We believe in the mission, we believe in this project, and we believe in HRDC’s ability to execute this project to meet the needs of our community. As a growing technology company, we are committed to investing in our community as we achieve success as a business. HRDC’s Griffin Place allows us to give back and make Bozeman and Gallatin Valley stronger by leveraging HRDC’s proven success in identifying critical long-term food and shelter issues and then diligently addressing them.”

commonFont helps enterprises envision, implement, and manage Customer Experience technologies and solutions. The company is headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, with a second office based in Providence, Rhode Island.

HRDC is a local Community Action Agency that exists to respond to the community’s most pressing needs. From addressing basic needs like food and shelter to providing comprehensive tools and services to promote and sustain independence. HRDC supports everyone on their paths to growth and stability. HRDC’s mission is to instill hope, develop resources, design solutions, and change lives.