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Beth Odor is the Associate Religious Services Coordinator at Hope Haven, in Spencer, Iowa. 

When Beth told her mom she was working with people with disabilities, she said, “Of course you are, that’s all you’ve done your entire life!” Beth grew up with two best friends, one who lived with Cerebral Palsy and one whose parents both were deaf, and these relationships shaped her. She says, “I will always stand for those who need a voice.”

Beth shares her experience with Friendship Bible Studies that affirms “when you learn you teach and when you teach you learn.” She is involved with the program in a Lutheran church and in a United Methodist church. Both groups have opened doors to people from Hope Haven’s day habilitation programs that are needing different places in the community to be. Listen to more of her story below!

Perhaps you have the gifts or know someone with gifts to share as a disability advocate in your congregation. Disability Concerns wants to help you do that. Visit to discover the many ways advocates help make churches places where everybody belongs and everybody serves!

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