AGAPE has experienced significant growth with the program adoption of Morning Star Sanctuary. We are thankful to have so many new faces join our team and look forward to working together to bring hope and healing to those in need. One of our newest additions to the Morning Star team is case manager Roberta Higgins. She joins us from the Department of Children’s Services. Read the Q&A below to learn more about her!
When did you join Morning Star?
What’s your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part is empowering women. I love being able to support them through difficult situations and help them feel like they’re capable of overcoming those circumstances.
What about your work might surprise people?
Every case and every day are different. I’m sure a lot of things would surprise people, especially the different stories and situations I encounter. Being trauma-informed in my approach is key as it helps me give the ladies the therapy they need.
What motivates you?
Seeing the women exit the shelter with housing secured and jobs lined up. It’s also motivating to watch them set goals, believe they can achieve them and share their progress along the way.
What have you learned since joining Morning Star?
A lot! I’ve learned about keeping the AGAPE/Morning Star belief and vision central to everything we do and how to best deliver that to everyone. I’ve also seen the power of encouraging women through God and how it strengthens them.
Do you have a favorite memory from working at Morning Star?
I’ve loved working with one woman in particular. She was able to find housing and has left the shelter. She’s able to be independent now and participate in our mentor program. It’s great to see someone have power back over her situation and improve her life for the better.
What do you like to do for fun?
Well, since it’s the holiday season, I’m watching a lot of Christmas movies. :) I also love FaceTiming my niece, who lives in St. Louis.
Tell us a little about your family:
They all live in St. Louis, which is where I’m from. My parents were foster parents for more than 30 years, so I grew up being familiar with the social work field. We also have a lot of extended family, and I’m looking forward to going home for Christmas.