Roberts is a deacon and chaplaincy program manager at Father Joe’s Villages and lives in San Diego.

It gives me great joy to work with the employees and volunteers to provide accompaniment to our neighbors at Father Joe’s Villages. I began my journey with Father Joe in 1994 as a life skills coach at the Toussaint Teen Center, then was a case manager in a transitional shelter, and later a counseling intern in Behavioral Health Services.

In 2020, after I became an ordained minister of the Catholic Church, I returned as the manager of chaplaincy and health and wellness programs. Volunteers in these departments provide programs such as art workshops, music therapy, yoga, creative writing, meditations and support groups.

Our cycling program is one that I’m incredibly passionate about. It is a healthy activity that can be part of the pathway to wholeness. Those who are living in any of our residential programs at Father Joe’s Villages, or experiencing homelessness, are invited to come and ride with us on Thursday mornings. We ride every week, unless it is actively raining at departure time. Visit the link below to read the full essay.

Opinion: Our cycling program empowers homeless San Diegans – The San Diego Union-Tribune (