Joan and her husband, Al Baker, live on Lake Campbell near Brookings, SD. They each have three children and Joan has two lovely granddaughters. Joan and her late husband, Mike Hegerfeld, farmed near Elkton, SD for many years. Joan taught high school science before changing her career path to South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension. During her Extension career Joan earned her M.Ed. and Ph.D. After 22 years, Joan retired from Extension in 2016. Joan oversees the senior moving portion of the business.
Transition to Senior Mover
Shortly after Joan's retirement, her parents decided they were ready to move from their family home to a senior living community. Through assisting them in this process, she discovered the unique challenges seniors face when moving. After much thought, research and discussions with her son Alex, they decided to start a business to help Seniors sort and downsize. Helping Hand Movers has now evolved into a full service moving company, and we are still providing sorting and downsizing services to seniors.
Alex grew up on a farm near Elkton, SD. He graduated from South Dakota State University, and worked in manufacturing for 15 years before starting Helping Hand Movers with his Mother Joan. He married his wife Ann in 2010 and they now live on an acerage outside of Brookings where they raise their 5 year old daughter Josie. Alex oversees all the moving operations for Helping Hand Movers.
Transition to Mover
Helping Hand Movers started as a part time business to help Seniors downsize and sell their items. It has now evolved into a full service moving company.
Helping Hand Movers was started in Brookings, SD and has now expanded to Sioux Falls, Madison and Watertown. Our goal is to provide value to our customers through quality service at an affordable price.