HELP Change Lives

Most people find jobs, some find careers, and very few are fortunate enough to find their passion.

LaVitha Kennedy found her passion at HELP Foundation, Inc., an agency that provides residential and community based supports for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, when she was hired in November of 2013. LaVitha works as a Residential Site Leader at HELP where she supervises a team of Direct Care Workers and provides support to the residents at her sites. In her role as a Direct Care Worker, LaVitha assists with all activities of daily living including, but not limited to: cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene, toileting, and transporting to/from activities and medical appointments.

HELP Foundation is currently seeking motivated Direct Care Workers to join our team to serve our consumers. We have full and part time positions available in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Summit Counties. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of the consumers at HELP, please visit our website:

When asked what she would say to a perspective candidate, LaVitha said she would, “recommend employment because it’s very satisfying to help individuals gain independence.” Direct Care Workers help consumers work towards independence each day by reinforcing life skills and activities of daily living. LaVitha understands the impact she has on the lives of consumers and says that her favorite part about working at HELP is having the ability to, “improve the quality of life of each consumer by helping them attain as much independence as possible.”

LaVitha acknowledges that her job has its challenges. She works with a diverse group of consumers with unique needs so her role changes from mentor, to teacher, to companion depending on the day. Regardless of the variation LaVitha sees in her day-to-day responsibilities, she describes all the work she does as incredibly fulling because she knows she is bettering the lives of consumers as a Direct Care Worker.

If you think your next job, career, or passion could be improving the quality of life of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at HELP, please visit us and apply at:

Rachel McKelvey

HI! I'm Rachel McKelvey. I am the Manager of Development & Communications at HELP Foundation, Inc. here in Euclid. HELP is an agency that serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through residential, day support, and vocational programs. It is my job to get the word out about the incredible work we do and engage the community in our mission. I hope you enjoy reading about HELP and will consider attending one of our events, volunteering, or sharing our stories with your networks!

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 7:46 PM, 10.03.2016