South Side Billings, MT

Community Leadership

& Development, Inc.


Our redemptive work on the South Side of Billings


First-hand accounts of transformation.

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When Love Breaks Through

When Raquel was told that she was loved by her mentor from Youth Works, her instinct was to push away.  She had learned to protect her heart by keeping it guarded from the very thing that could nurture her… or destroy her.  Listen in to see how love broke through.

Gospel-Centered Restoration

Transforming and empowering the south side

We’re passionate about finding creative solutions to the challenges marginalized communities face. We lean in to the messy and broken with tangible hope for individuals, families, and communities to flourish through the gospel of Jesus Christ. In doing so, we want our neighbors to experience the love of Christ in both word and deed.

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Does the Mission of CLDI Excite You?

We’re Hiring!

    • Are you highly organized and detail-oriented?
    • Are you wired in such a way that you enjoy creating and sustaining systems and processes?
    • Do you see gaps or challenges and look forward to creating solutions?
    • Are some of your best skills listening to others, coaching them through challenges, asking good questions, and cultivating space for them to feel heard and seen?
    • Would those who know you best say that you are humble, curious, and deeply relational?

    You might be a great fit for our Director of Operations!  See this job description to see if you qualify, then apply below!


    Join an Unstoppable Community of Monthly Givers

    Our community of monthly givers is known as The 100Fold because, like Jesus tells his disciples in Mark 10, we believe that when people live lives of generosity and sacrifice the blessings returned to them will be one hundred fold. 

    The 100Fold is a group of people who are passionate, courageous and committed to seeing the South Side be restored through a gospel lens. You belong here.   



    CLDI is non-profit organization that seeks to transform and empower struggling communities. For nearly 40 years, CLDI has been at work in a low-income neighborhood of Billings, Montana known as the South Side. At the heart of our work is a gospel-centered desire to invest in the South Side in such a way that residents of the community thrive financially, spiritually, and relationally.

    Overlooked and Broken

    The Reality on the South Side

    Historically, the South Side has been plagued as being seen as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Over time, residents have moved out of the community for more desirable neighborhoods and places for business in the city. This has left the South Side with low homeownership, inadequate yet expensive housing options, few opportunities for employment, and overrun schools, further exasperating poverty in our neighborhood.


    Extremely low-income household rate


    Population age 18-24 who do not have a high school diploma or GED


    Own their home in the South Side compared to 70% own their home in Billings Proper


    South Side residents live in low-income housing

    Holistic Problem Solving

    Our Response

    We are driven to provide creative solutions for real needs, imagining the impossible, and paving the way for genuine relationships to be fostered in a way that addresses material and relational poverty. Our mission is to seek the transformation of the South Side by rebuilding lives, restoring families, and re-neighboring communities.

    Affordable Housing

    We believe in providing second chances to individuals and families with poor credit, no rental history, or criminal backgrounds


    We engage South Side youth by providing safe after school programs, mentorship, and new, FUN experiences.

    Community Development

    We labor to remove blight, renovate, and stimulate the economy through commercial development and restoration.

    Women & Children Recovery Home

    We work directly with women and children to provide a safe place for recovery and restoration of families. 

    Leadership + Job Training

    We provide leadership development opportunities for young adults through our internship as well as job skill training for at-risk youth.


    We work with mentors and counselors to provide Christ-Centered mentorship and personal development to individuals. 

    A Redemptive Coffee House

    Rail//Line Coffee

    • Restored from old gas station
    • Provides leadership and job training
    • Encourage other businesses to move here
    • Investing in South Side economy

    Mentoring At-Risk Youth

    Youth Works

      • Safe after-school programs for South Side youth
      • Proclaiming the love of Jesus
      • Creating new experiences
      • Positive adult relationships

      Women and Children Recovery Home

      Hannah House

        • Transitional housing for women
        • Reunification with kids
        • Addiction recovery and family restoration
        • Relationship and real-life training

        Live and Work Missionally


          • 1 year internship with CLDI
          • Paid internship + housing
          • Ignite your faith and gain experience
          • International trip

          Invest in the South Side

          Join us in transforming and empowering the South Side. Your partnership directly impacts lives and we could not do this without you. 

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