20 years is an incredible milestone for a career, especially in this day and age when people change jobs often and the average time in a position is just over four years. We are immensely proud of these milestone employees and are pleased to bring their stories of celebration to our community!
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Nestra Love – LPN
Nestra Love first began working at Springbrook nearly 34 years ago as a Direct Support Professional. After some time, Nestra left Springbrook and became a mother of twins. She went to school to pursue her education and became an LPN, working at hospitals and several other geriatric healthcare positions. Then 20 years ago, Nestra came back to Springbrook to start her career as an LPN. Nestra has a sister who receives services from Springbrook. She shared that her sister was her inspiration to go into healthcare, where she could help others and be an advocate for her sister and anyone else with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Today we are excited to congratulate Nestra on her 20-year Milestone! So many years with an organization can make you wonder, what is Nestra’s favorite part about working at Springbrook? “I enjoy getting to see the students. They always bring a smile to my face, and I know I am doing my part to connect them to what they need medically. It makes me feel like I am making a difference,” shares Nestra. When we interviewed Nestra, we asked her what brought her to Springbrook all those years ago, and she shared that it had everything to do with her sister. Growing up, Nestra’s parents didn’t advocate as well as they could have for her sister. Nestra was always around her sister and helped care for her. She saw her sister’s desire to learn to read and write and, from then on, became an active advocate for her sister. When her family moved upstate and Nestra’s sister came to Springbrook, Nestra was first introduced to Springbrook and its mission. Years later, Nestra provides quality supports and services at Springbrook, advocates for her sister and others who face similar challenges.
When not providing services for the people she supports, you can find Nestra reading or spending time with family at the beach. “It has to be the beach of an ocean and not a lake,” Nestra pointed out with a laugh. She has always found satisfaction in helping people and being an active advocate. Her desire to help others is fulfilled at Springbrook. Working with people she supports has given her some of her fondest memories—always bringing a smile to her face.
Thank you so much for your 20 years of service, Nestra!