A native of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Robbin is passionate about helping disadvantaged children. She serves as Vice president of the Board for FBFP and volunteers with Fort Bend Cares and BSA Troop 441. She and her family moved to Sugar Land in 2011 and became involved in Fort Bend Family Promise soon after. Her previous professional experience includes positions in corporate communications and public relations with Phillips Petroleum, Benchmark Communications and the City of Sugar Land. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Public Relations from the University of Houston. She was a member of the 2014 Fort Bend Leadership For Non-Profit Excellence class.
What is your favorite part of volunteering for Family Promise?
I love getting to spend time with the families when I overnight at my church. My husband and sons usually play basketball with the older kids while I chat with the parents or play with the little ones.
Do you have any favorite memories from your time serving Family Promise?
In May of 2015, I helped organize the first FBFP Family Reunion at Gattitown in Sugar Land. The event was hosted by my church, Christ United Methodist. We had a great turnout and current and graduated families enjoyed the opportunity to visit with the staff and other families, share their stories, celebrate their successes and find new resources to help them continue on their path to independence. Getting back into a house or apartment is really just the first step in the journey to self-sufficiency for homeless families. That's why at FBFP we continue to provide case management services for two years after the families move into their own home, helping to break the cycle of poverty.
Do you belong to a congregation or are you an unaffiliated volunteer?
I'm an active member of Christ Church Sugar Land.
Do you have any kids and/or pets?
I have two amazing sons who are in high school and a mischievous dog, Big Dan, who we adopted from the Sugar Land Animal Shelter. He is an escape artist and once managed to lock us out of the house by jumping on the back door while we were outside.
From looking at you, no one would guess thatâ€¦..
I spent eight incredible years living in Southeast Asia, first in Bangkok, Thailand and then Sumatra, Indonesia, and loved the adventure of experiencing other cultures and traveling the world.
Favorite place to eat:
Too many! I love Carrabba's, Churrasco's and Pappasito's. The Melting Pot is fun for special occasions. Who could resist chocolate fondue?
What would you tell people who are considering helping Fort Bend Family Promise?
Don't hesitate! Building strong, self-sufficient families is a win-win situation for the parents, the children, the community, the donors and the volunteers. It's great to be able to meet the people you are helping and couples or families can volunteer together.CONTACT