Help Over Hurdles
Help Over Hurdles is an organization that helps the people who provide direct support to people with disabilities. Many people employed by direct care struggle to pay their bills and get back on their feet when a hurdle crosses their path, which then impacts their ability to provide the very best care they can. Help Over Hurdles was founded with the mission of getting direct support employees back on their feet to help people receiving care pursue their dreams. The founder of Help Over Hurdles, Lucy, sat down to talk about the organization and everything that they do.
1. What are the goals of Help Over Hurdles?
Help support as many direct support professionals as possible while educating the general public on the impact and struggles this profession faces.
2. What is your involvement in Help Over Hurdles?
I founded the organization and continued to work to build a great team grounded in a great mission.
3. How did you get involved in the organization?
Started the organization as an idea after seeing a need and an indirect correlation between decreased levels of care among a struggling employee base
4. How did you originally get involved with working with special needs?
I started in high school. I was an aide in a classroom that taught life skills and fell in love. When I went to college at the University of North Dakota, I answered a newspaper ad and worked in a group home in the mornings and on weekends as a student. I have grown in the profession in parallel with my education.
5. What is your favorite part about the organization?
The impact and change in people when a hurdle is eliminated.
6. Is there anything specific that you want to promote about the organization? (events, things offered, etc.)
We are having an educational and fundraising event on August 6 the Buffalo Wild Wings in Fishers, IN,
7. What is your favorite success story from working with Help Over Hurdles?
There are so many, but one of true impact was helping someone to get Ensure as the only nutrition they could have during cancer treatment. Their respective insurance would not cover the cost, so we were able to help.
8. Anything else that you would like to share with our community?
Direct support professionals are a true engine to helping people with disabilities move their dreams forward. If they are struggling, then it naturally trickles into the supports they provide. By eliminating struggles of an electric bill, not being able to buy groceries, or needing a car repair it helps pave the way forward for all.
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Emma is a student-athlete at Purdue University majoring in Kinesiology and on the cross country and track and field teams. She has been involved in the special needs community for many years as a coach with Special Olympics Minnesota, and as a personal care assistant/respite sitter. She has worked in media, marketing, and journalism with various organizations. When Emma has some free time, she enjoys riding horses (she grew up doing barrel racing), baking doughnuts and cake pops (yum!), pursuing her new art interest (wood burning, painting, or drawing), or going for a long run in sunny weather (her favorite!).