Volunteer Spotlight: Helen Ostien
Disaster Mental Health Volunteer since: 1998
Professional background: Psychiatric nursing, social work
Recent assignment: Serving as the Diaster Mental Health lead after the Midland, MI dam disaster in 2020.
Why she became a volunteer: Helen saw Red Cross volunteers on the news after the Oklahoma City bombing and thought that would be a good way to keep busy in retirement. In the end she didn't wait that long and started volunteering a few years later.
Key moment: Volunteering at Ground Zero after 9/11. Working with everyone from police officers to crane operators showed her the value that she and her fellow volunteers were able to provide.
Quote: “We’re talking to people at their time of great need. And if we do it well, it makes a difference.”