Category Archive for: News

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,…



A Crafty Partnership: Helena Industries and Local Breweries

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on August 24, 2016

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Montanans love craft beer According to Steve Lozar, Montana beer guru and beer historian, “craft brewing has been around in Montana since 1859- 17 years before Custer’s Last Stand…having a brewery meant you had a stable town…it was part of the economic fabric and was tied to industries like logging and mining that produced ‘thirsty…



Spreading the Word: Helena Industries hosts Business after Hours

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on August 24, 2016

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Helena Industries hosted the Helena Chamber of Commerce’s Business after Hours on Thursday, August 18, 2016. With a turnout of over 90 business leaders, we were able to provide tours of our headquarters, feature our programs and services, highlight products made at our vocational campus, and share our mission to: provide vocational and rehabilitative services…



Helena Industries Recognizes Outstanding Employees, Community Partners

by Katie Gallagher

  • Posted on August 10, 2016

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Every year, Helena Industries presents service awards to outstanding employees and community partners. Through a nomination and selection process, employees and partners who have gone above and beyond to support the mission of Helena Industries are recognized for their exceptional work. Congratulations and thank you to the 2016 Service Recognition Awardees! Helena Industries Team Members…