Helen DeVore-Hill returns to organization in expanded role as program specialist
We are delighted to introduce Helen DeVore-Hill as program specialist serving both the Thief River Falls and Crookston communities.
Helen brings previous experience as an employment specialist at ODC’s Roseau division along with a longtime advocacy for individuals with disabilities. In addition, she holds a bachelor’s degree in health science and human services.
“In my earlier role at ODC, I had so much fun working with our persons served,” Helen said. “In a lot of ways, they are smarter and harder-working than many of us are. They bring joy to everyone’s lives.”
Her mother provided a loving home for several foster children with disabilities while she was growing up. Helen then worked at a group home for children with disabilities for many years, which she describes as one of the best jobs she ever had. Helen credits these experiences with inspiring a dedication to service.
Some of her day-to-day responsibilities include building relationships with community employers, partner organizations, staff and clients. The best part of the job for Helen? “Encouraging our clients. Having someone tell them they are smart and capable,” and seeing the transformation in how individuals view themselves. “Everything we do is for the people we serve, and it’s worth it to see the smiles on their faces,” she added.
“We are excited to have Helen return to ODC,” said President/CEO June Schelde. “Her advocacy for people with disabilities sets an example for us all, in addition to her commitment to greater independence for our clients in their life and work.”
Born in Okla. and raised in Hawaii, Helen served a two-year term as a member of the USAF Security Forces at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Fla., where she lived for 23 years. She now calls northern MN home, happily married for five years to her husband who is originally from the area. Helen has two grown children—a son in Florida and a daughter here in Thief River Falls—and three grandchildren, with two more on the way.
ODC is a nonprofit organization that specializes in providing skills and employment development for populations of individuals with diverse disabilities and vocational needs. Working with community partners and businesses, we offer options for inclusive and sustainable employment that result in greater independence. Comprising nine divisions located throughout northern MN, we are a diversified company that adapts to regional employment needs and opportunities.