"The draw for us was the combination of easy access to the city, great schools and a reasonable commute."
When her husband accepted a position with the Federal Home Loan Bank in Pittsburgh, Brandi Bentrim wasn’t sure she wanted to leave her home and family in the eastern part of the state. What’s more, as a licensed clinical social worker, she had built up a private practice working with high-risk youth.
“It was a very difficult decision. However, as my own children were getting older it was more and more difficult to be available for them and meet the demands of my practice.” This dilemma helped Brandi make the decision to leave her professional work and focus on finding a better quality of life for her kids. Her family, talents and energies landed in Pittsburgh.
More than five years later, the family loves its new home. “We were so pleasantly surprised by how nice it is here.” Brandi enrolled their children in the North Allegheny School District. They are very active in sports: her 13-year-old daughter runs cross country and her 11-year-old son into wrestling and flag football. When school lets out, Brandi goes into overdrive, getting the kids to music lessons and sports clinics. Brandi has connected into her Franklin Park neighborhood, starting a book group and playing Bunco (a dice game) with the neighbors. She loves to spend time with the kids at North Park, take walks around Sewickley’s main street and also practices yoga three times a week at Yoga on Broad.
As a family, the Bentrims are regulars at The National Aviary at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden as well as the Carnegie Museums, especially the Carnegie Science Center, with year long passes. They also enjoy performances at the Benedum Center and Heinz Hall including The Nutcracker and Chicago.
“Here in Pittsburgh, we have access to all of the amenities the city has to offer. We live in the suburbs and it’s so easy to get in and out of the city and explore its arts and dining scene.”
They also enjoy taking out-of-town visitors – who are equally surprised by the quality of life in the city – to restaurants they love, including Andora and Tamari. She and her friends created a dinner club to experience Pittsburgh’s growing reputation as a “food city,” getting together often to try new restaurants.
Brandi is also back to work as the supervisor of school based services, overseeing mental health program in Beaver and Butler counties at Glade Run Lutheran Services. When she is not working and being "supermom," Brandi also loves to give back to the community. Having prior experience in child welfare and the court system, she volunteers her time to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Allegheny County, passionately advocating for kids. Her husband sits on the board.
“People here are committed to their communities. They love where they live, love what they do and love their sports teams. It is just a great place to live.”