HLG is very excited to have Sarah Kelley as a new legal assistant. Sarah grew up in Northern California, moving to Bend in 2001. Sarah has spent her career working in various social service organizations. Her most recent employment was with Deschutes County Mental Health, where she developed their homeless outreach program and served as their Homeless Outreach Coordinator. In conjunction with that position, she assisted clients in filing their Social Security disability applications. Sarah’s talent came to the attention of HLG when she was the co-chair of the Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition. Sarah is well-respected in the community and has worked closely with many of the social service organizations in the area.
Sarah is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work through Portland State University. Through her internship, she has been creating a social service program at the Deschutes Public Library, where she works to connect library customers with the community supports they need.
Sarah is working with HLG as they expand their services to include Social Security disability applications. She is meeting with clients to assist them with the process, be it in the HLG office, over the phone or at the SSA office. Sarah is extremely helpful assisting clients navigate the application process which can sometimes be daunting.
Sarah, her husband and three teenage children enjoy living in Bend and taking advantage of all the area has to offer. Sarah especially enjoys the summer season in Bend: camping, kayaking and growing a garden.
Sarah’s vast knowledge and experience with the private and governmental agencies and individuals in Central Oregon will be an invaluable asset to our clients and she will be instrumental in helping HLG execute it’s holistic approach to serving the Central Oregon disabled community.