Neighborhood rallies around newly single special needs nurse, mo

PLEASANT GROVE — Plastic hangs in place of walls, the plumbing remains capped off and the floor is bare, and it has been difficult to keep the wintry temperatures outside where they belong.

All of that is cosmetic, says homeowner Kimberly Anderson, but the ripped up bathroom is a constant reminder of a tough and broken marriage that has taken a toll on the family.

“He really left me in a tough spot,” Anderson said. She said she stayed married to him because of her deep religious roots and thinking it was best for their three kids.

“I didn’t want to give up on it,” she said. And she doesn’t want to give up on her tattered house, either.

Anderson works full-time as one of three special needs nurses in the Jordan School District, stretching her time between hundreds of kids at 12 schools. But she also has kids with special needs at home.

“I’m impressed with how proactive she is,” said Anderson’s colleague Kristi Cyd. “She’s hardworking and resourceful. She puts her mind to things and just does it.”

Cyd said Anderson has been resilient working through all the issues at home and in her complex job, which includes managing children ages 3 to 22 and keeping them safe at school.


Source: Neighborhood rallies around newly single special needs nurse, mom | Deseret News

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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