Deanna and Jason Roberts Support AI
Deanna Roberts, Joel Repic’s sister, has seen her brother’s vision for Aliquippa Impact blossom over the years. She has been involved with the ministry in some form since it first began. Before moving to Chicago in 2009, she taught art and dance classes to youth in AI’s day camp. Then in 2007, she served the role of City Camp Arts Coordinator where she developed arts curriculum for City Camp teachers and taught dance/movement classes with a cultural focus. She also directed a 2-week drama camp for middle and high school students for 3 summers using poetry, movement, and performance to explore topics such as hope and having a voice in the community.
Her role at Aliquippa Impact was very fitting because of her passion for dance/movement therapy. As a dance/movement therapist and counselor, she works with adults with chronic mental illnesses and both children and adults in a group practice for creative arts therapy. She says, “Both professionally and personally, I value the use of arts, movement, and dance for emotional exploration and expression. I believe God created our bodies as a wonderful resource for understanding ourselves better and to communicate to others. I get really excited about helping people to practice using movement in this capacity.”
While Deanna works as a dance/movement therapist in Chicago, her husband, Jason, is a Physics professor at Chicago Public School. They both share a desire to see God’s kingdom grow. This is reflected in their involvement with their parish, Vineyard Christian Church and their continued support of Aliquippa Impact. They follow up on AI’s development through Joel and other family and friends in Aliquippa, supporting the ministry financially and through prayer.
Deanna and Jason believe in using the resources they have to help bring God’s truth to light. By supporting Aliquippa Impact, they are doing just that. Deanna says, ‘We are fans of giving to an organization where we can trust its leaders to readily seek God’s will and where we can actively see use of its resources with those in need. I trust the vision of AI through years of witnessing its programs, meeting and seeing the people whom it’s reached, and hearing its vision to continue to bring hope to the community.”
The couple still visits Aliquippa from time to time. During their visits, Deanna often encounters some of her former campers from the early summers of City Camp. She reflects, “Then children, these growing adults continue to develop awareness of God’s truth for them and seem to have a real hope for their futures, wherever it may lead. It’s inspiring to see committed change and support actually making a difference, and it’s inspiring to see an organization that continues to grow and develop in creative ways as it serve its community.”