has done nothing but try tobhelpbhos community in a way most others
will not. He receives no monetary compensation for doing so. It
breaks my heart that someone with nothing would offer anything to
anyone out of the kindness of his heart only to be punished for it.
He has helped families, veterans, those down on their luck and the
average Joe in a way no one else will. I find it unbelievable that
all the hoops he jumps through the circus act continues. He is a law
abiding man who offers what little he has to help mankind, without
motive or prejudice. If only our government and communities would
Halverson has a heart of gold, he has provided a haven for people in
need. These folks could have been a burden to the taxpayers. Thanks
to Mr. Halverson's generosity they have been given shelter and a
place to be safe.
stayed at orange acres there a few years back. Jeff and his family
opened their home and heart to myself.He never asked nothing, but in
return, he made me realize that there are good in people, from all
over. Ive never been to montana, but , I fell in love with God's big
blue sky, and the mountains. I was ay home and peace.because of Jeff
and his kindness, I now pay it forward. Please, let him keep this
piece of Heaven.
county has no right or business involving themselves in Mr
halvorsons affairs. He should be able to have anyone he wants over
at any time and should have to explain nothing. If the commissioners
are so worried about pollution maybe the question should be raised
why it allows the city of Missoula to continue to co taminate the
Clark fork with its waste. Typical liberal double standard.
Attitudes not fit for leadership. This make up the rules as you go
along mentality needs to stop and those who are actively engaged in
this behavior who represent the city and county of Missoula should
be ashamed. Can't believe these people were ever elected in the
first place. They are lucky they aren't bring sued over this
reckless administration and over reach of power. But as I said
earlier, typical liberal.
met Jeff and seen what he has accomplished with few resources. He
has a big heart, provides a safe, clean and warm place for travelers
and local people alike. To be treated the way he has by Missoula
County is unconscionable. I wholly support Jeff's effort in trying
to get the county to do the right thing. If the County would work
with Jeff and give a little, he'd give ten times more back to
society, which is 100% more than the County is currently doing.
have stayed at Orange Acres, and have to with Jeffery on many
issues, we even went on a hike through the mountains; a memory and
adventure and a place in Montana that will last a life time. My God
bless Jeffery and Orange Acres, may His blessing and His countenance
always shine upon you. Amen!
the caring support that Jeffrey Halvorson and Orange Acres provided
my family and I (at no charge) There is no way that we would have
been able to make it in Missoula. I witnessed countless people and
families come through Orange Acres during our time there. Without
Jeffrey's support many if not all would have been left to live on
the streets with their children. There should be more people like
him in the world but there aren't. I cannot fathom the idea that
anyone would sue him for helping mankind and careing about people.
Please grant Orange Acres a Variance, drop this ridiculous lawsuit
and cease harassing him so that he can continue to help the people
for which there are no sort of City or State run programs and sue
someone else who is actually doing something wrong.
let me and my girlfriend stay at his place when we were travelling
around the US. Not only did he provide us with shelter. We also
witnessed his generosity with people who really were in need of
help. It was under Jeff's roof that I realized some aspects of
American culture and heritage. Jeff is a person who gives second
chance to those who need it allowing them to start over. A man like
him should be supported, not undermined and harassed.
dumfounded that local authorities aren’t motivated to sit down
with Jeff to work out a solution. Whilst I am a long way from this
situation (an Australian currently living in Finland) I have met
Jeff and can’t fault his intentions and good will.
genuine and kind-hearted intentions should be applauded (and some
may argue, rewarded) and most County’s would love to have an
upstanding citizen like Jeff to inspire their constituents through
positively impacting the lives of those less fortunate.
big-thinking, positive people like Jeff should be supported. It is
people like Jeff who drive innovative thinking, challenge the status
quo and inspire the community
the underlying reason for his actions to help people less fortunate
than himself the county should be working in tandem with Jeff to
find a positive solution for all.
and his Orange Acres project is a tremendous asset for Missoula
County. Jeff has unconditionally helped endless people, who will
forever keep Missoula in their hearts, as the place where someone
gave them everything he had, never asking anything in return. Out
there, all over the world, there is a lot of people who owe so much
to Jeff. I am also one of them. Missoula County should be thank you
for all what Jeff has done for the name and spirit of Missoula.
is an inspiration. He helped me out big time a few years ago. I hope
that Missoula County can find it in their hearts to work with Jeff
on whatever issues they may have with him, as he is a great asset to
stayed at Orance Acres a few years back on my way back from the west
coast and saw how helpful this place is to those in need. It
inspired me to do whatever I can to help others. I hope this helps
stop this unjust punishment and that more people can stay at Orange
acres in the future to learn from this sacred place.
who sent this to me has stayed with this gentleman. She is a social
worker in a large Toronto hospital for children. She would not
support this is the place was unsafe or unseemly. As a community,
shouldn't Montana owe this man something? He is providing an
hosted me and a caravan of fellow travelers during a particularly
cold night while we were passing through Missoula on an impromptu
roadtrip a few years ago. He took us in, four of us, housed us, fed
us and was a great host. He should have every right to keep hosting
and helping others, and I support him fully.
just wants to help people. There are plenty of people who are
causing actual problems for society, and the law should concern
itself with them instead of a guy who just wants to feed and house
don't know this man, but I have friends who do, and reading this
story makes my heart go out to him. He sounds like a wonderful
person, and nobody should be persecuting him for safely and
responsibly helping other people. Please have a heart and drop these
is not acceptable, and it is our society who must look into ending
the cycle of poverty. In the meanwhile, taking away a safe place for
those who are struggling in our society, in our economy or life in
general is really a crime against humanity.
I understand this is on a no-covenanted lot. Who gives the MCC the
authority to change laws after being approved? Where is the
grand-fathered clause that our constitution protects? What is this
person harming? He is helping out people that otherwise might come
under government assistance.
stayed over on Jeff's property as a couchsurfer. I met the others,
families, who were out of luck and needed a place to stay; Jeff
provided them with lodging. He does great and generous work there,
and I'd really like for him to continue doing so.
Missoula government officials, please find ways to help Jeffrey
obtain a grant variance without penalty! Jeffrey was tremendously
generous and kind with his home when I first moved to this state
three and a half years ago, knowing no one and having no idea how to
orient myself to my new community. He opened his doors to me, set a
wonderful gracious tone for my first impression of the people of
Missoula, and helped so many other people while I was there. Please
do everything you can to help him. He has helped so many people like
me who now love and give back to the Missoula community! Please,
let's do a good turn for him.
Halverson is a man that only wants to help his fellow man. He is
generous with what little he has only for the County to try to shut
down a "facility" that is will to temporarily house, feed,
and do anything he can to help someone get back up on his/her feet.
This man should be honored, not crucified. Shame on the county
staff... I don't understand their motivation to persecute this Good
traveling Jeff helped a friend in need whose other plans had been
cancelled at the last minute. Jeff has tried to comply and it's
clear that regulations are being altered for punitive use by the
Missoula County Commissioners against Jeff.-
saved my butt not once but twice. I was traveling west with several
good friends and when we got into Missoula at 8.30 pm we found our
hosting arrangements had changed. Jeff responded immediately, taking
us in. He shared lodging, food and even offered us clean clothes. On
our way traveling home we had vehicle issues, and Jeff once again
allowed us to stay long enough to get our affairs in order. Jeff was
a heck of a host. And I'll be damned if they shut orange acres down.
stayed with Jeff when I was on break from college and I have never
met anyone like him. He is one the most caring and helpful person I
have had the fortune of calling my friend. He had done nothing wrong
to deserve this kind of treatment from the county. As a matter of
fact they should be thanking him and helping him to do more good
was in a position of real vulnerability having just got off a plane
from Mexico City to find that my backpack hadn't arrived.
was without a place to stay or cash. However, I managed to contact
Jeff using a borrowed phone. He picked me up soon after from the
airport, took me to his house, fed me a delicious sandwich, let me
sleep in his front room (with cat for company). The next day Jeff
took me back to the airport and thank God my pack had arrived!
dropped me back on the motorway and I head off towards the Rainbow
Gathering in Montana.
is a great guy. I am so appalled that the establishment would try to
stop him from doing all the amazing things that he does.
went the extra mile for me - let's do the same for him now.
homeless are not able to just evaporate themselves into
nonexistence, no matter how politically correct that might be. This
man has been doing a public service by helping them, and it is not
right that the public entities should conspire to hurt him like
embodies TBP values,why would anyone want to do anything to hinder
his efforts."Jeff embodies the change he wishes to see in the
world",the state should be giving him money to help in his
efforts not taking.
met Jeff and I've seen what he so selflessly does. Jeff's situation
needs to be addressed on its merits, and not by a textbook approach.
Work with him, Missoula County. He deserves better than you have
dished out so far.
a hometown Missoulian who will be returning to that hometown as his
residence soon, as an advocate for the defenseless and oppressed,
and simply as a human being, I stand with Mr. Halvorson and his
brothers and sisters. I call upon Missoula County to reasonably
accommodate Mr. Halvorson's endeavor, remit and exonerate all fines
and forfeitures, and directly address the problems for which Mr.
Halvorson has tirelessly attempted to provide a partial solution.
grant Jeffrey-James Halvorson a variance from all permit
requirements at Orange Acres and drop the lawsuit, or pay him for
the approximately 5 years that you have harassed him. He has made
every effort to do what is right on all accounts and not only has
his inalienable right to happiness, but deserves his rights to
is the most compassionate individual I've ever met and Orange Acres
is a beautiful and brilliant idea. Jeff and OA really really helped
me out last summer, as they have for countless other travelers. It's
completely absurd that the county is trying to give Jeff so much
trouble for helping people. Let's put an end to this nonsense and
let the man keep being a saint on earth.
recently, I enjoyed living out West (in Wyoming and Montana) and
really miss the friendliness, honesty, and genuine hard work ethic
of the local people that I came to know and love. I believe that
Jeff of Orange Acres projects the spirit of what "Westeners"
should be: there to help through work and creating a close
community, which he has done by inviting all, whether they live
close by or far away, to stay Orange Acres. In addition, "The
West" that I know places emphasis on individual rights and I
believe that what the Missoula County Commissioners have done to
Jeff and Orange Acres is an abomination to our American rights to
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The Commissioners
appear to have a power hungry mentality that ignores the fundamental
rights of the members of their community and when people who hold
such positions become as selfish and corrupted, as the Commissioners
appear to be, they must be stopped. Because of this, I gladly sign
the petition in support of Orange Acres to have their Property
Improvement Permits reinstated and to fight against the frivolous
lawsuit that the "Missoula County" has imposed on Jeff and