That Extra Push
Andrea Depelteau is a hero. Being a single mom with no nearby family is intense. Nursing school is no joke either. Stack them one on the other and you’ve got a daunting challenge. Andrea took it on and succeeded.
"I didn’t sleep that much,” she laughs. “During my last two semesters I had to basically quit working and live off student loans, because the coursework was so demanding."
Andrea was determined to make a better life for her family. So somehow she just did it all. As graduation approached, she landed a nursing job in a great neonatal intensive-care unit. It sounded like the perfect next step, but there were logistical problems. Andrea drew the night shift and was going to need help with childcare. The best solution was to live closer to her mom, but that meant moving. Immediately. In late December.
"The best solution was to live closer to her mom, but that meant moving. Immediately."
That’s when the MOMentum Network kicked into gear, gathering help for Andrea. We were lucky enough to get involved and had the privilege of sending two free bellhops to do the heavy lifting on moving day.
“They were very considerate,” says Andrea. “They made sure I was comfortable with how everything was loaded. I think it’s nice for companies like y’all to help people like me, who’ve worked their butt off to get where they are and just need that extra push to get settled and get working. They were really good and really nice.”
Now Andrea lives close to family, has all the childcare she needs, and is already hard at work caring for newborns in intensive care. Basically, if we ever grow up, we want to be like Andrea.