Soft Landing Missoula to host soccer tourney, celebration June 17

In the last year, the Missoula community has stepped up to welcome more than 25 refugee families, and make Missoula a welcoming place that refugees can call home. Soft Landing Missoula is excited to celebrate the addition of these families to our community with a soccer tournament and community celebration on Saturday, June 17.

Mary Poole wins peacemaker award

By Lucy Tompkins/ The Missoulian

Mary Poole is the first to admit she’s no Mother Theresa.

Despite recently receiving Missoula’s Peacemaker Award from the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center and Missoula Peace Quilters, Poole wonders if world peace is possible. As a practical, hardworking “roll-up-your-sleeves kind of gal” with no background in volunteer work, Poole had to do some soul-searching to understand how peace relates to her own work in a tangible way.

Poole, 36, is the executive director of Soft Landing Missoula, a new nonprofit that supports incoming refugee families and educates the community about refugee resettlement.