Andrea lost her hospitality industry job and health insurance during the pandemic, forcing the delay of an important surgery for her young son’s club foot condition. With travel and medical costs mounting, Andrea didn’t know how she would afford the new specialty brace Kean needed after his surgery.
Andrea applied for a Hospitality Cares crisis grant through United Way of Southeast Louisiana and the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, which provided funds to cover a significant portion of the brace.
“Just to know that someone is helping you – it's been a blessing,” shared Andrea.
Kean is flourishing post-surgery and keeps his mom busy with his boundless energy. Andrea is now in a new job in human resources where she uses her industry experience to connect hospitality workers to resources and supports.
Health, education, and financial stability are the cornerstones of a good life. That’s why United Way of Southeast Louisiana is committed to helping all our neighbors by providing programs and services dedicated to increasing access and support in these areas. Together, United, we can create opportunities for everyone to thrive.