REDMOND, OR -- Darlene Hallam has had a tough life at times, but she doesn't feel sorry for herself. The Bend woman was recently promoted to Assistant Manager at Redmond's Goodwill store, and is receiving national recognition for her work.
As a child, Hallam was abused by her father. He hit her so hard, repeatedly, that she is deaf in one ear and relies on lip reading. She says receiving the Edgar J. Helms Award is a huge honor. "To me, it's like getting an award for being me. Reverend Helms believed if you teach someone, it's better than just giving it," she tells KBND News. "There's nothing wrong with giving something, don't get me wrong, but if I teach you how to do it yourself, you're going to to much further." The award is named for the organization's founder.
Dale Emanuel with Goodwill Industries tells KBND the award is much deserved. "Goodwill is a place that helps people with disadvantages. 72% of the persons in our 50 stores in Oregon and Southwest Washington have a disadvantaged condition. But, Darlene stands out among them because she leads by example."
Before being promoted to Assistant Manager in Redmond, Hallam worked for many years at the Bend location. She will travel to San Diego the weekend of June 21 to accept her award at the annual Goodwill delegate assembly.