Helms’ facilitation of Communitarian small groups draws on culture and creativity to build relationships and develop community solutions to complex problems. New leaders and collective goals emerge from the collaborative process. Helms facilitates workshops, retreats, and trainings on a variety of themes and topics including: Neighboring for Good, Mixed Media, Gardening, Asset Based Perspectives, Pottery,
Small Experiments of Radical Social Impact, Group Building, Activating Narratives of Abundance, Practices of Anti-Racism
Thinking outside the box
Principles, Measures, and Aesthetics for Social Change
Abundance Lab is a collection of workshops, curricula, small group gatherings, and other interactive projects created by Helms and Greg Jarrell. The Abundance Lab materials and experiences awaken the imagination to possibilities of abundance. Helms and Greg Jarrell launched Abundace Lab in the fall of 2018 with a 6 week small group series at Covenant Presbyterian. Abundance Lab Live is a large group gathering that serves as an interactive intervention of the imagination, populating community solutions.
Helms enjoys weaving stories, imagery, and Biblical imagination into her sermons. Helms has had the honor of preaching in a variety of settings including traditional pulpits, retreats, and youth camp. Please contact Helms if you would like her to preach for your congregation or group.
Helms's creative and generative leadership style has impacted a variety of social impact organizations including West Side Community Land Trust, QC Family Tree, National Benevolent Association, and Summer Communities of Service. Helms continues to deepen her abilities for social impact and change by participating in continuing education training, cohorts, and collective partnerships such as:
Alternate ROOTS member and week participant
Artists as Change Agents Cohort
Innovation Institute: Creative and Connected Cohort
Community Organizing Training
Anti Racism/ProReconciliation Training
Affiliation with Alliance of Baptists and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Center for Arts and Activism Webinars
Marketing and Development Cohort
CBI Connected in Community Cohort
Liberating Church Project
Christian Community Development Association
In the media
Helms' family likes to ride bikes, hike, eat interesting foods, and play make believe. If you stop by their home, you'll find the family playing with the dog Brother, feeding their chickens, sweeping the floors, and always welcoming folks in for a meal, a rest, or a conversation.
In 2015, I started becoming involved in housing justice efforts and organizing. Here is a short summary of some of those efforts:
Artivism- remessaging "We Buy Houses" to speak out against real estate speculation.
Community Organizing- house meetings that established the West Side Community Land Trust
Affordable Housing Provider- QC Family Tree provides 6 affordable rentals to neighbors, helping keep people in place.
Rental Equity Workshop Facilitator- using artistic practice to populate solutions to increasing rental equity
Coalition- Joining forces with several organizations to combat Source of Income Discrimination
Resident Residency at McColl Center for Arts and Innovation focused on evictions entitled, "Reliquary: Evicted"- the holy grief of loss and houselessness.