The Face of Beaumont Parenting: Sandra Sova

 

Woman and husband in front of some open water

Sandy Sova and her husband, Douglas

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Typing that made my Autocorrect go crazy – which is appropriate for a quote from Dr. Seuss.

BPP volunteer, Sandra Sova, told me that her favorite kids’ book is “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and that her favorite quote is the one above. Any fan of Dr. Seuss is a friend of mine, as is every individual who has given so selflessly of their time to become a part of the BPP volunteer family. Sandra is one of those individuals.

Group of kids around a staircase

Meet Sandy’s kids and their significant others: Heather, Nathan and Lisa, Leslie and Jeff, Elizabeth and her fiancé Joe.

Sandra and her husband, Douglas, are the parents of four kids: Heather (37), Nathan (36), Leslie (31), and Elizabeth (28), and they live in Shelby Township. Sandra and Douglas are also grandparents of five with one more on the way. In her free time, Sandra loves to swim; in fact, she swims 8 hours per week! She also enjoys biking, reading (her favorite grown up book is “My Sister’s Keeper”), and knitting, and goes camping with her whole family every year. Sandra and Douglas got married a year out of high school, and started their family shortly thereafter. Sandra stayed home with their kids for the first 22 years of their marriage before becoming a manager at Target. Now that she’s retired, and the kids are on their own, she confides that she stays so active that she finds it difficult to fit all of the things she wants to do in each day.

Group of kids on staircase

Sandy’s grandchildren are Teryn, Avery, Alicia, Lilian and Nicole.

One of the things Sandra makes time for is the BPP. She’s been a volunteer for about a year, and she serves as a Parenting Partner and Hearing Screener. For those of you who aren’t familiar with these roles, Parenting Partners visit new parents in the hospital and reinforce some of the nurses’ teaching in topics like bathing and infant care. Hearing Screeners perform the State-mandated hearing testing required for all newborns. Both roles put Sandra in the hospital working with new parents and their brand new babies. She shares that her favorite part about being a BPP volunteer is this interaction with the babies and new parents. In addition to all of the help she gives to Beaumont parents (as well as the nursing staff who are also supported by these BPP roles), this giving woman also volunteers at her church, helping people in need through the MREST program.

When I asked Sandra to have her kids tell her what their favorite thing about her was, one of them said that it was the fact that Sandra is “always there for them and make them feel special.” It’s amazing that she can be there for so many people – her family, her church, and our BPP families as well. We’re very glad that there is no one alive who is more Sandra than Sandra!

– Nicole Capozello, Parenting Program Volunteer

1 Response to “The Face of Beaumont Parenting: Sandra Sova”


  1. 1 Anonymous April 14, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    A story of inspiration! Thank you Sandra for all the love that your give!


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