Robin Helm received a Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2012,
after working as a special education paraeducator with the Vancouver Public Schools
for 10 years. Desiring to alleviate suffering while working within the family
system, Robin joined the Clark County Juvenile Court in 2013 as a Family
Assistance Specialist to work with families facing the added challenges of
In 2013, Robin was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her
recovery, Robin connected her losses with the work being done by Free the Girls,
an international organization that provides business opportunities for women
rescued from sex trafficking by supplying donated bras for boutiques run by the
Determined to begin collecting bras locally, Robin pursued
partners. In fall of 2014, NWCAVE agreed be a sponsor. When Robin approached
her surgeon, Allen Gabriel, the project solidified. In 2010, Dr. Gabriel had founded
The Gift of Lift and collected gently
used bras from his patients to distribute in impoverished countries and to
local charities. Over time, the project had lost momentum.
Thrilled with Robin’s enthusiasm and NWCAVE’s support, Dr.
Gabriel joined the partnership, and The Gift
of Lift was reborn. In January 2015, The
Gift of Lift presented 1,150 bras to Free
the Girls and YWCA Clark County’s
Robin has two grown daughters, five step children--also
grown and four grandchildren. Robin is an artist specializing in pottery and
beadwork and loves to grow things in her yard. Robin lives in Vancouver,
Washington with her husband, Paul Gerhards.