Andrea Bobrick loves sense of community in Morris

 Andrea Bobrick, Raising Up Stevens County Kinship Mentoring

Growing up in Southwest Pennsylvania, Andrea Bobrick lived in an area that was rife with drugs, violence, depression and limited opportunity. When she graduated college in 2012, she could hardly wait to leave. After spending time across the country, she ended up in west central Minnesota, and has loved the opportunities that the region has given her.

Bobrick grew up in Pennsylvania and attended college at Waynesburg University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After college, she spent time in California serving with Americorps NCCC before moving to Austin, Minn. to hold a position from Americorps VISTA with Habitat for Humanity. Her partner, Tallack, grew up in Morris, so when he accepted a job in his hometown, Andrea and Tallack bought a house and moved to Morris in 2012. Knowing that she wanted to work in nonprofit administration, she applied at several places before finding the position of Executive Director at Raising Up Stevens County Kinship Mentoring, a new organization based in Morris that serves Stevens County youth. She applied and was thrilled to get the job in late May, 2015.

Andrea has enjoyed many of the benefits of living in west central Minnesota. She and her partner were able to buy their first home, where they live together with their two cats. Due to the relatively low cost of living, they were able to pay off their student loans in their twenties. She has enjoyed her career at RUSC Kinship, as it has helped her build professional relationships with businesses and other professionals. Her favorite part of living in the region? “The sense of community and how involved people are in making the community a better place,” she said. To her, the opportunities that many people in the region have to invest in the community by volunteering or donating are much more accessible than most places, especially compared to where she grew up. These strong community values are the reason that Andrea, like so many others, has chosen to Live Wide Open.

Steve Henning