Haley Andes has a heart for serving others above all else. As the Associate Director of Build Inclusion, a local non-profit serving high school students and young adults in their preparations for “competitive, integrated employment”, she has made a difference in the lives of many. Annette Jett, colleague, friend and Executive Director of Build Inclusion denotes, “At Build Inclusion, Haley teaches teens and young adults with disabilities Workplace Readiness and Advocacy Skills and works with them to discover their strengths, skills and interests. She then helps them explore jobs in those areas and gain meaningful employment in the community. Haley, a Certified therapeutic recreation specialist, is always willing to go above and beyond and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Business Administration. She also recently became ordained so she can preside over her dear friend’s wedding!” Annette continues, “Although she is young, she is extremely successful and dedicated to serving others. She has a bright future with Build Inclusion and beyond.” Haley accomplishes all of this while being a super single mom to 3-year old Bryan, which is to no one’s surprise, her favorite role of all.
Haley shares, “Bryan inspires me to be the best mom that I can be. We love to play outside in the dirt with trucks, water guns, take walks and play with Legos. We like to go to church, play on playgrounds and participate in both community and Build Inclusion events.” She pauses for a moment and continues with a smile, “We also love to have movie nights, which wouldn’t be complete without popcorn, of course!” Though she admits that balancing everything can be challenging, her planner has been key to ensuring all of her responsibilities on a daily basis are accomplished. She reflects, “Not only am I a mom and an employee, but I am also in school for my MBA so it can be very hard to balance everything!” For Haley, a day in the life of a super mom includes getting up before Bryan and getting herself ready before helping him get ready for school at Grace Early Learning Center in Georgetown and fixing breakfast. After work and school, Haley cherishes their time before bedtime by enjoying dinner with him, playing, bath time and stories. “Once he is down for the night, I do cleanup around the house, work on homework, and try to relax with some popcorn or ice cream (or both) and watch something on TV,” she says.
“I think it is important as moms that we give ourselves some grace,” she reflects. “I know it’s easier said than done, but it is super important to take time for self-care in addition to not being so hard on yourself.” Haley also advises other moms to find a mommy tribe that you can do life with and to not fall into the trap of comparison. “We have enough to juggle as it is and at the end of the day, doing the best we can for our children is what matters most.”