Roberta was raised in a rural community in Upstate, N.Y., where it was a way of life to be conscious of the environment and share resources. Neighbors routinely shared farm equipment, garden produce, and hand-me downs. It was a very simple concept: if a family needed support, the community would rally and help out.
The idea to start Grassroot Givers Community Store evolved from this simple concept. From the beginning, the mission was simply about connecting communities, giving with dignity, and offering opportunities. The goal is to provide basic essentials. You can't cook a healthy family dinner without pots, pans, and dishes. You can't get a good night’s sleep when you are cold. Clean clothing and personal care items are vital to overall health and self-esteem.
Roberta draws on her twenty-two years of experience as a registered nurse where she saw the importance of treating people with dignity when they were in vulnerable situations involving illness or injury.
Roberta enjoys cooking, kayaking, hiking, and traveling with her husband to Austin and Denver to spend time with their three grown children.