Helen has dedicated her life to serving humanity. She is a founding member of the Halfway House Movement, which now has six refuges across the city and of the St. Paul Area Development Corporation (SPADC), an all-volunteer, charitable organization. She is a former National "Social Worker of the Year" and Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work Fellow/University of Louisville. SPADC has programs for after school tutoring and for seniors. The program has four project elements: Collaborative, Inter-Generational, Historical and Tangible. The SPADC is working with an university and is linking persons of different generations while recording the history of neighborhoods. Because of all that she has done in her life's journey to show the way to a more abundant life for all the citizens Helen is my hero. She is still on the path, striving toward the mark, despite being a diabetic amputee. She never quits trying to make a better life for her community.
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Jiya from Texas NOVEMBER 29, 2018
Best story about friendship!!! Heart- touching.
kashish from mumbai JULY 8, 2016
good story i hope everyone reads it
mika M from Texas APRIL 6, 2014
This is a really good story! Friends can always be made as long as we spend time! I am wondering, what are some things you talk about with her?
CCL from Texas JULY 12, 2009
That's great. I passed it on to a girl who hates me but I think this will help. Thank You!!
Chris S. from Austin, Texas MAY 29, 2009
At 52, I aspire to the strength of character this girl had at 11.
Lucy L. from Indiana, USA DECEMBER 22, 2008
It just goes to show how easy it is to be a friend.
Norman O from Cayman Islands OCTOBER 25, 2008
Just living by the adage, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. If the world followed this creed, we would never be fighting each other. Thanks for being a wonderful example of true friendship.
Jennifer E. from Mesa, AZ SEPTEMBER 3, 2008
I love this story and you inspired me to write one too. Thanks!
Obigeli U. from Lagos, Nigeria SEPTEMBER 2, 2008
Your story really touched my heart. I have learned to be tolerant of anyone around me because if I am, they could be my best friend tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing such a story.
Grace E. APRIL 24, 2008
That same thing happened to me with two people. We didn't like each other but were forced to interact with one another through mutual friends. But now I am better friends with those two than I was with our mutual friends!
William M from Barbados West Indies MARCH 23, 2008
Reminds me that I must always allow for the possibility of an 'enemy' returning. But here's a caveat: there should be some sort of basis for extending forgiveness, especially in more serious incidents, apart from the general 'broadness of heart' in overlooking minor things. I don't believe in giving away my friendship to people who don't deserve it.
Lindsay B. from Madison, IN MARCH 16, 2008
Your story is wonderful! I cannot wait to share it with my fifth grade students who will soon be moving on to middle school.
Miguel M. from Arizona, USA FEBRUARY 5, 2008
Wow if the whole world worked that way I'm sure we could stop all the senseless violence in the world.