Allen W. Erickson, Sr.
President and Founder
Allen W. Erickson, Sr., president and founder of North West Montana Veterans Stand Down & Food Pantry, served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1963. Prior to his current position, Allen was a volunteer with numerous Stand Downs in Eastern Washington. He was raised in Montana and Washington and now lives with his wife in Kalispell. He enjoys hunting, gardening and spending time with his family in his spare time. After raising 6 children, Allen is devoting his “retirement years” to helping veterans and their families.
It is through his vision the local organization has developed from a 2-day annual event, called a stand down, to a veteran’s service center offering a helping hand up to homeless, low-income and at risk veterans and their families. The first Stand Down was held in 2000 and the Food Pantry opened in 2002 after Allen realized he had to do more as the many needs of our veterans were not being met in only 2 days a year. A former homeless veteran with 3 children, Allen knows first hand the difficulties many face in that position. As someone intimate with the struggles of being homeless, he is in a unique position to offer peer counseling and encouragement to those in need.
Allen’s vision has touched many lives and the Food Pantry has assisted thousands of veterans and their families, helping to bridge the gap between the veterans and the service providers who sometimes have trouble connecting with each other. Allen is continually seeking solutions to assist all veterans gain access to any and all resources that can benefit them. He continues to be the driving force behind the organization, raising community and national awareness to the plight of our veterans, no matter how large, or small, the issues may be.