Dr. Roberta Victor is the full time Executive Director of CROSS Ministries with the Presbytery of Des Moines. CROSS Ministries is a social outreach agency serving low and no income Iowans with homelessness prevention assistance and other basic survival needs including financial help toward the payment of rent, mortgage, or utilities. Additionally CROSS provides a food pantry, personal hygiene items, bus tokens, laundry vouchers and back to school supplies. In 2014 CROSS Ministries provided more than 17,000 acts of service to people in crisis.
Those assisted by CROSS include men, women, and children such as the under-employed single mother struggling to make ends meet in a challenging economy; the disabled person living on social security benefits that barely covers their rent leaving nothing left to deal with an emergency need; people who are experiencing mental illness; newly returned veterans as well as those whose wars raged long ago but linger in their hearts and minds; refugees and immigrants trying to find their way in a new world; people who have recently lost their employment or experienced dramatically reduced work hours; and the families with young children who are facing evictions or the loss of their utility services.
Dr. Roberta Victor is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist holding undergraduate degrees in Visual Arts and Human Services, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Art Therapy, and a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Specialization in Cross Cultural Counseling. She was the 2008 President of the Iowa Art Therapy Association, has served on the board of the Polk County Housing Continuum for 9 years, and was awarded the Sertoma Club’s “Service to Mankind” in 2013. Roberta has worked for CROSS Ministries since 1991 and became the Executive Director in 2006.
In earlier years, Roberta provided counseling sessions with the mentally ill incarcerated at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville and with the Sudanese refugee population in Des Moines including the Lost Boys of Sudan. She was a member of the Iowa Crisis Response Team for several years and, as such, was utilized to counsel rescue workers at Ground Zero in New York City after 9-11. Roberta shares her passion for the profession of art therapy with others by serving part time as the adjunct instructor/ director of the Grand View University Art Therapy Certificate Program.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Roberta Victor as our special pulpit guest this Sunday, July 19 as she shares a sermon from Mark 10:13-16 titled “On Behalf of the Children.”