In 1968 Don and his wife Lynne started their own restoration business, with little more than a van, small garage and raw determination, they ventured out into the restoration industry. Don's reputation as a hardworking, reliable contractor preceded him. He soon received referrals for all types of work, from fire and water damages, to carpet and duct work cleaning. The growing work load allowed them to add staff, vehicles, equipment and expand the facilities. Helferty's Disaster Restoration was on the map, and making a name for itself. Over the years the business kept growing, providing work for many people and other family members. Don and Lynne's children, Shannon and Devlin helped out while attending high school and during post-secondary education.