Parents Support Group


The Marshall University Higher Education for Learning Problems (H.E.L.P.) Center is pleased to announce that it will be offering a free parent support group.

The group is open to all parents of school-aged children who have been diagnosed with a specific learning disability or Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).

Sessions will be run by H.E.L.P. Center staff members Elijah Wise, M.A. and Meg Stone, M.A., who will lead discussions centered on issues ranging from the basics of an Individualized Education Plan (I.E.P.), steps for pursuing and completing psycho-education testing, finding community resources and navigating the range of treatment options from behavior plans and medications.

“We hope that this group provides parents an opportunity to share their concerns and experiences with one another,” said Wise. Stone added, “Our intention is for this to be both an informative and therapeutic experience.”

The group will meet for an initial session on Wednesday, March 4th and run for eight weeks. A time for the sessions has not been established and interested parents should contact Stone or Wise via email at and/or

Moving Forward

ded-pageDebbie Painter assumed the position of Interim Director of the H.E.L.P. Center on January 26, 2013. A part of H.E.L.P. since January 1991 when she began as a graduate assistant while obtaining her Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities, she was most recently Assistant Director/ Coordinator of Diagnostics.   H.E.L.P. is fortunate that a person of Mrs. Painter’s caliber agreed to fill this position.  Her twenty-two years of experience is invaluable in directing the H.E.L.P. Center.

Mrs. Painter is enthusiastic and passionate about H.E.L.P., and she is dedicated to empowering students with Specific Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to reach their full potential.  She has touched countless lives through the years and will continue to do so as the program moves forward.

Married to Charles Painter, they are the parents of two adult children, Scott Painter and Courtney Urbach.  Mrs. Painter’s interests include reading, gardening, and traveling (especially to Colorado to visit their only grandchild, Cassidy Urbach).

Mrs. Painter says that she looks forward to leading the H.E.L.P. team during this time of transition.


Marshall University H.E.L.P. Center is recipient of scholarship grant from Enterprise Holdings


Huntington, January 23, 2014:  Debbie Painter, Director of Marshall University’s Higher Education for Learning Problems (H.E.L.P.) Center is pleased to announce the program has received a scholarship grant of $1,500 from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation.

Painter accepted the funds last week on behalf of the H.E.L.P. program, which enters its 33rd year serving students with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) at Marshall University and in the surrounding community.

“The core of what we do at H.E.L.P. is to provide students with the tools, training and tutelage they need to be successful across their present level of education,” said Painter. “This scholarship donation will directly impact that.”

“An investment of this nature will provide 50 hours of tutoring for a student in our community who is struggling to keep pace academically because of a diagnosed learning disability or attention deficit.”

The donation was the result of a grant application completed by the program and submitted to the foundation, which acts as the charitable arm of Enterprise Holdings, parent company of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Rent-A-Car and Alamo Rent-A-Car and recognized as “the largest car rental service provider in the world measured by revenue, employees and fleet” according to its corporate literature.

The H.E.L.P. Program’s grant application specifically drew attention to the need for scholarship funding in the Community H.E.L.P. division, citing Census statistics which show that one in three children in Cabell County is living below the poverty line.

Community H.E.L.P. is one of six divisions of academic support with the center offers – ranging from students in primary school to post-graduates entering medical school. The Center also provides assistance with diagnostic assessments and skills development. In the Community H.E.L.P. division, the program’s tutors work with students in grades 1-12 to develop and improve their skills in reading, spelling, writing, math, organization, and self-esteem building.


H.E.L.P. Center Director Debbie Painter and Coordinator of Skills and Student Development Sara Barker accept a check for $1,500 in scholarship funds from representatives of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. Pictured (L-R ) Raymond Washington, Area Rental Manager for Enterprise Holdings; Debbie Painter, H.E.L.P. Center Director; Sara Barker, Coordinator of Skills and Student Development; Derek Barker and Brian Hess, Enterprise Holdings.


From H.E.L.P. Center Website


The mission of the Marshall University H.E.L.P. Center is to provide educational support, remediation, and mentoring to individuals with a specific Learning Disability and/or Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.


From Enterprise Holdings Website


The Foundation was established by our Founder Jack C. Taylor to allow the company to give back to the communities in which our customers and employees live and work. The Foundation provides charitable support to worthwhile, non-profit initiatives that are actively supported by the company’s employees, their spouses and loyal customers in the thousands of local communities where we operate. The Foundation also provides more sizable special grants to non-profit groups or causes of significant strategic or social importance to the company and its employees.


January 28th, 2014 - Members of the Marshall H.E.L.P. Center recently contributed to most recent issue of the SouthEast Education Network’s publication S.E.E.N. Magazine.

We are delighted to share the article with the H.E.L.P Community.


Click Here to link to the article




 H.E.L.P. Graduation

Our favorite time of the year, our graduation ceremony. We at H.E.L.P. are so very happy and proud of our graduates and wish them the best.