Montgomery County 2016 Business Partner



Montgomery County 2016 Business Partner of the Year

Home Helpers & Direct Link of Amsterdam


Home Helpers & Direct Link of Amsterdam and RAMA Real Properties LLC is owned and operated by Ramon and Maria Rodriguez. The couple is from the Dominican Republic and have been married for 34 years AND are the proud parents of two wonderful sons, Amauris and Alex. Ramon served 20 years in the US Army followed by 11 years with RCIL, a local organization serving people with disabilities in the Amsterdam area.  Maria spent much of her career as a military spouse working retail jobs followed by eight years with RCIL as a coordinator for in-home care.


After living and working in the local home care industry, they began to see how many families in the community (“would appreciate” or “could benefit from”) a helping hand. They opened Home Helpers & Direct Link of Amsterdam in May, 2011, operating out of a home office and with three employees, provided in-home care and companionship to seniors, new and expectant mothers, working parents, and individuals requiring recuperative or continuing care.


Their first location (other than operating out of their home) was in a small office in the Mohawk Valley Medical Arts Building in Amsterdam. Home Helpers grew and once they received their NYS Department of Health license to offer “Licensed Home Care Services,” the need to expand into a larger building became obvious. In 2016 they purchased the former YMCA building in Hagaman.  Through much work and renovation, HHDLA can now boast of their beautiful new office space that can handle their growing number of employees.  They presently serve approximately 150 clients with 200 employees.


HHDLA has been utilizing the Workforce Solutions Centers services since they first started recruiting staff.  They post their open positions with the Central Job Bank and take advantage of the On-the-Job Training Program incentives to cut the cost of training their new hires. In addition, HHDLA utilizes the Customized Training Program to assist in cutting the certification training cost for their Personal Care Aides.  Ramon and Maria continue to strive to be consistent in their efforts to hire and train new staff and maintain a stable work environment for their employees.  The partnership with Home Helpers & Direct Link of Amsterdam has been extremely successful and as a result, FMS Workforce Solutions looks forward to a continuing partnership with them in workforce development. Congratulations to Ramon and Maria for their success!


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