Executive Director: Certified Family Support Partner: Certified Nurtured Heart Approach Trainer and Coach
Ms. Helt is a native Staten Islander who has made Sussex County her home in 2006. Ms. Helt is a Certified Nurtured Heart Approach Trainer and Coach with over 30 years combined experience in medical, human services, sales and marketing and nonprofit business operations. In 2010 Ms. Helt joined the Family Support Organization of Morris & Sussex Counties after receiving services for her own family. She currently serves as their Executive Director. Prior to joining the Family Support Organization, Rachel served as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. She is an active volunteer in the community and proudly serves as Board Member, Council Member or Committee Member for many local organizations, including: New Jersey Alliance of Family Support Organizations, Sussex County Human Service Advisory Council, Sussex and Morris County Council on Juvenile Justice System Improvement (CCJSI) Council Member, Highlands Advisory Committee Member & Sussex County Law Enforcement Committee Member. She has also served over 8 years as Chair & Co-Chair for the Sussex County Mental Heal Board and Joint LACADA Board.
"My own journey began back in 2007 as a new resident of Sussex County NJ and as the parent of three biological children and one step child all with significant mental health challenges; three with co-occurring substance use challenges, two with heroin addiction, all now in long term recovery and all of us long term survivors of domestic violence. I am a graduated kinship caregiver having raised my granddaughter from birth until she was successfully reunified with her mother in 2018, and co parent to two additional teens with complex trauma related mental health challenges. For those who lost count that’s 7 very special children that I wouldn’t trade for the world. My professional career with New Jerseys Children's System of Care began in 2010. I have seen the positive progression of service options and availability of programming for families including the integration of services for ID/DD youth and youth with substance use challenges. I personally experienced being served as a family and am now honored to serve families on a professional level ensuring they are provided with proper resources for a successful family journey.