Helena Industries 2016 Annual Update

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on March 22, 2017

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In 2016, Helena Industries served approximately 900 people with disabilities in the Helena area and throughout southwestern and south central Montana. Our team provided case management, job coaching and rehabilitative services, as well as vocational and training opportunities. Your support helps us sustain and grow our efforts to generate meaningful employment opportunities for our neighbors…



2017 World Down Syndrome Awareness Day

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on March 16, 2017

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Article by Dept. of Public Health and Human Services Public Information Officer, Jon Ebelt. View the article as published in the Helena Independent Record on March 15, 2017. The Montana State Capitol is about to get ‘All Shook Up’ on March 21, 2017. That’s when the West Mont Cheer Squad and a certain local Elvis…



Helena Exchange Club Awards Funding to Helena Industries

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on March 6, 2017

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Helena Industries is pleased to announce the Helena Exchange Club has awarded the nonprofit organization with a grant to provide a yearbook for the approximately 90 people with disabilities who work at the organization’s Helena vocational campus and Thrift Store. Helena Industries requested the funding as a way to recognize and thank the people with disabilities…



Free Tax Help Clinics at Helena Industries

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on March 3, 2017

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Rural Dynamics, Inc. , a Great Falls-based nonprofit, will host a free tax help clinic at Helena Industries main vocational campus (1325 Helena Ave.) on Tuesday, March 14 from 3pm to 8pm. The tax help clinic is open to the public and IRS-certified volunteers will be on-hand to complete basic tax returns, helping people complete…



Support Funding for Disability Services

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on February 20, 2017

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Read this piece by Eve Franklin, Advocacy Director, Montana Association of Community Disability Providers as it appeared in the Helena Independent Record on February 16, 2017.  In 1902, Thomas McAloney, the Superintendent of the “Insane Asylum” at Warm Springs, asked the Montana Legislature to open a state institution for the “feeble-minded.” He believed that in…



Creating Better Businesses: SourceAmerica Engineers Enhance Workplaces for People with Disabilities

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on February 13, 2017

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Creating Better Businesses: SourceAmerica Engineers Enhance Workplaces for People with Disabilities By Theresa O’Neill (from SourceAmerica) SourceAmerica Senior Productivity Engineer Paul Nishman loves his job. In his role, he’s a teacher, advisor and engineer, showing businesses employing people with disabilities how small tweaks in work environments can produce remarkable results. Nishman’s innovative, adaptive solutions are…



Gianforte Family Foundation Helps Helena Industries Build Capacity

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on January 16, 2017

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Helena Industries is proud to announce we received a $25,000 grant from the Gianforte Family Foundation. The capacity building grant will help us grow our capacity by improving our very antiquated technology infrastructure. Just like any business, nonprofits like Helena Industries need adequate and appropriate technology to ensure efficiency in what we do (i.e. not…



A Focus on the Future: Helena Industries program provides relevant job skills

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on December 19, 2016

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John is a United States Army veteran and a Helena Industries employee. He  agreed to share his story. John was deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. During his time in the army, he was a Mobile Transportation Operator, responsible for moving troops, equipment, rations, and more. Like many other veterans, after leaving the…



Big Sky E-Recycling Program Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on December 15, 2016

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Today, December 15, Helena Industries’ Big Sky E-Recycling Program is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The program was officially launched one year ago today, and has grown to employ eight people, including veterans and people with disabilities, and has responsibly collected over 100 tons of electronic waste. The program is a win-win-win for the Greater Helena…



Workplace Innovations Work

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on December 6, 2016

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At Helena Industries, we believe that everyone has talents and abilities, and when people with disabilities work alongside people without disabilities, everyone benefits.   At our vocational campus, our unique program, Work First, embraces the philosophy that everyone can engage in meaningful work. Work First is where our team members with the most significant disabilities…



Intermountain’s Festival of Trees: Utick Law Firm Partners with Helena Industries

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on December 2, 2016

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Helena Industries is proud to participate in the 2016 Intermountain Festival of Trees. Andrea Fox, Helena Industries Board President and attorney at Utick Law Firm, was the mastermind behind the Law Firm’s tree. The 2016 tree is themed I’m a Lumberjack and I’m OK.  The theme received the festival’s most creative theme designation.  Fox reached out to Helena…



Helena Industries Community Placement Program: finding meaningful work

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on November 30, 2016

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Helena Industries Community Placement Program Meet Martha and Lisa, two Helena community members and Helena Industries team members. Both have worked at Helena Industries and out in the community for nearly a quarter of a century. Helena Industries Community Placement program works with over 60 local employers from McDonalds to Good Samaritan Ministries and Thrift…



Recycling is an Investment in our Community: 2016 America Recycles Day

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on November 17, 2016

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Today, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day, a day to celebrate the economic, environmental, and community benefits of recycling! At Helena Industries, our mission is to provide vocational and rehabilitative opportunities to empower people with disabilities in our community. The 3 Rs of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle help us provide job and training opportunities, offer…



PunkinFutz: Designed to Empower

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on November 3, 2016

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In the spring of 2016 we received a phone call from a woman named Lisa Radcliffe. Lisa lives in Brooklyn, New York, which is over 2,500 miles from Helena. Lisa is the founder of a new company, PunkinFutz, and she was seeking a partner to help her produce her company’s products. The company creates products…



Meet Marvin Colman

by Ona Lepard

  • Posted on October 19, 2016

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Marvin is a US Navy veteran. He came “on board” with Helena Industries (pun intended) while participating in the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. Our Job Placement team began assisting Marvin with locating a work assessment site. A work assessment helps our hardworking team of job coaches evaluate skills and strengths and…



Funding needed to responsibly care for people with developmental disabilities

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on October 17, 2016

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The US Census reports that over 3 percent of the population experiences a severe developmental or intellectual disability. These disabilities are characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which impacts the ability of these individuals to perform conceptual, social, and practical skills necessary for everyday life. The disability may be…



Helena Industries Receives Pride the Patch Award from Farm in the Dell International

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on October 11, 2016

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Farm in the Dell International has awarded Helena Industries with the 2016 Pride of the Patch award. Lowell and Susan Bartels, co-founders of Farm in the Dell International, were on hand at the first-ever Cowboy Cowgirl Up fundraising gala for Helena Industries on Saturday, October 8 to present the award to Helena Industries President and CEO,…



Meet Jessi: Helping the community stay active & healthy

by Ona Lepard

  • Posted on September 14, 2016

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Jessi is a 21 year old young lady who graduated from Helena’s Capital High School in 2013.  When she was nine, she had a brain injury as the result of an illness: “I had to relearn everything.” She struggles with balance and memory issues. Jessi came into Helena Industries’ placement services knowing that she wanted…



Meet Toni Broadbent, Director of Development

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on September 13, 2016

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Meet Toni Broadbent! As the Director of Development, Toni is the newest member of the Helena Industries team. Toni formally owned Allegra Marketing Print and Mail for thirty years with her husband Clark. The business, now located in the old Grimes Motors building grew into a nationally recognized and award winning company for sales growth, employee retention,…