by Travis Mateer
When the weather gets suddenly extreme, like the cold front that blew in yesterday, local media likes to check-in with homeless service providers to see what the needs are.
While this weather system is no different, the information available IS different, thanks to the city of Missoula’s contract with Roger’s International. To understand what I’m talking about, here’s the relevant part at the end of this KGVO article:
Jeager did not comment on the security at the Johnson Street facility due to the fact that security is privately funded by the City of Missoula.
I bolded the part that makes absolutely no sense at all. How in the hell can a city contract using public dollars be considered private funding?
The areas now being “secured” by Roger’s International with their city contract and MDOT contract includes the Poverello Center, the Johnson Street Shelter, the Transitional Safe Outdoor Space, and the official encampment near Walmart on Mullan.
A few months ago I spoke with Lynn Pritchard on the phone. Who is Lynn? She’s the co-owner of Rogers International. Why did I speak to her? Because I was curious.
I was curious why their address with the Secretary of State is NOT where they claim to be.
When you physically go to this address, like I did two months ago, you will find the Montgomery building, a place I am very familiar with. Why? Because when it was built it was intended to be a birthing center, where my wife and I planned on having our first child, but Dr. Lynn Montgomery died suddenly, and now I just go there if I need something from our family pharmacist.
Roger’s International DOES NOT EXIST at 1211 S. Reserve Street. I asked Lynn Pritchard if they moved their office, and she said yes, but I think that was a lie. I do not believe Roger’s International was EVER actually located at this address.
Another fact I find curious is when Rogers International was established. The screenshot image indicates the company was registered in March of 2020. So, just as the pandemic emerged, drastically altering the delivery of homeless services, Roger’s International ALSO emerged as a brand new security company. Nice timing.
There is something VERY fishy going on with this new and rapidly expanding role for private security companies in our community, and there are still some aspects of this story I’m not going into detail about yet because I hope to see more than just a blogger shining a light on what’s going on here.
Thanks for reading.