Celebrating the Dedication & Perseverance of Moms
Thoughts from a member of our Team as a leader in the affordable housing industry
Manager of Property Management Systems
Motherhood is a challenging journey that requires immense devotion, affection, and perseverance. I admire the many mothers in my life and reflect on the relationships I have formed with the mothers in Archway’s communities. These relationships have provided me with a unique perspective on the importance of supporting the mothers who reside in and work for our communities as they are the pillars of their families but also the foundation of our entire organization.
Years ago, I had made the decision to accept the first job offered to me. I was experiencing a chapter of change, distress, and instability in my life. As a young mother with two very young children, I was desperate for any job opportunity. I had applied to every feasible affordable housing-related job, with the intention of re-evaluating my situation once my children and I were stabilized. Archway Communities was the first job offer that I received.
During my first year, I experienced several absences due to the unexpected situations that are typical for working mothers. Instead of facing disciplinary action, my supervisor provided me with support and encouraged me to prioritize my health and the well-being of my family. This was a unique experience for me since my previous employers were not as understanding when it came to parenting challenges. I also learned that all Archway property managers were encouraged to work with and advocate for our residents. This enabled me to take an active role in offering support, and I became a greater part of the community rather than just managing it. I helped other mothers by holding their children and explaining our after- school program and adult classes while they filled out lease paperwork. I was able to offer compassion, resources, and support to those who were struggling – I felt like I was making a difference. It was then I knew I had found a professional environment that aligns with my values and felt like home. It was then that I witnessed how organizations like Archway Communities can truly honor their mission.
So, what does motherhood look like? The answer is found within my story. Archway was committed to supporting me and meeting my needs. Because of this, I was then able to focus on supporting the mothers within the community I managed. When I think of what it takes to be a mom, I think of love, sacrifice, and selflessness. When those wonderful, loving, and selfless people are supported, and their needs are met, they, in turn, will support those around them. This creates a ripple effect so powerful that it soon becomes the foundation of a community and an organization.
By nurturing and supporting the mothers around us, we can create a strong foundation for our organizations and foster a positive ripple effect that can transform entire communities. Let’s celebrate the dedication and sacrifice of mothers by providing them the support they need to thrive. Happy Mother’s Day, you are appreciated.