Advocates urge passage of Missoula County Crisis Intervention Levy

David Erickson

Sean Startin of Missoula knows that sometimes, people who commit crimes are simply in need of better relationships in their life.

He knows because he was one of those people.

On Thursday, Startin was one of a group of local residents who gathered downtown to express support for the Missoula County Crisis Intervention Levy, which will be on the November election ballot.

Startin said that the Hope Rescue Mission, a local organization that worked with other partners to set up the Temporary Safe Outdoor Space, literally saved his life.

“They gave me one of the greatest things that you could give somebody in my position,” Startin explained. “Before I got there, I was on a fast track to commit suicide by cop. Some of you guys may know me. I might have robbed your store or tried to steal out of your car or something.”

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But, he said, as soon as people from Hope Rescue Mission started working with him, he realized he could turn his life around.

“They gave me hope and the ability to know that I’m not just a product of my environment and

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