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Neighbor: Roberts serves the community at Circles

The Daily News’ weekly Neighbors series features one person from LaGrange and the surrounding area.

This week we spoke with Holly Roberts, a coach with Circles of Troup County. Roberts enjoys spending time with her husband, who works at LaGrange College, and their three sons and walking near the college. She is also passionate about her work with Circles.

LaGrange Daily News: Are you from the area?

Roberts: I am not. I am originally from Tennessee near Chattanooga, and I’ve been in LaGrange for three years. I’ve been in Georgia for 20 years, but LaGrange for three.

LDN: What brought you to LaGrange?

Roberts: My husband is the chaplain at LaGrange College, and so we moved for his job.

LDN: What is your favorite part of living in LaGrange?

Roberts: I love the connections that you make and the small town feel. I love how people take care of each other. I love living downtown and being able to walk to all the downtown events and restaurants, Sweetland and the Thread and all the fun new stuff that is coming into town.

LDN: Downtown is growing a lot right now.

Roberts: It is amazing! It is great. I ran on the Thread this morning, and it was awesome.

LDN: What are your hobbies?

Roberts: I love to cook healthy food. I love to knit, and I just started running. Those are the main things that I like to do.

LDN: Do you have any future 5K race plans?

Roberts: I would love to run a 5K. I have only run a few times, but that is my goal. My goal is to run — I would like to say it is to run a half-marathon, but that may be pushing it. Let’s get a 5K first.

LDN: What would you say is the most beautiful part of LaGrange?

Roberts: I love the square. I love when it is decorated with all the different events that go on. I love the college. I think it is a beautiful campus. I love all the old houses. I love to be able to walk down the streets and see all the old homes.

LDN: What knew business would you like to see come to LaGrange?

Roberts: I would pick a new restaurant that serves super healthy food, like really, really healthy food. No meat, no dairy, super healthy. I would love for a vegan restaurant or a Thai restaurant (to open). That would be my pick. We have no Thai in LaGrange, or Indian, I would pick (that). I love Indian food.

LDN: What is your favorite part about working in LaGrange?

Roberts: I love the people that I work with. I work with Circles, and I love what we do. We help families who are in poverty learn skills that they need to move out of poverty. I think being able to share my experience, and the experiences of people that I work with was to build those strong relationships with each other. I love everything about my job. It is the perfect place for me to be. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

LDN: What is it that most excites you about working with Circles?

Roberts: I liked that Circles is a national program, and it was chosen to come to LaGrange because it works. I like that it is a tried and true model, and that excited me. Sherri (Brown)’s excitement for the program is contagious. I volunteered with my Sunday School class one night to serve dinner at Circles, and once I stepped into that room, I knew that was the place that I needed to be.

Anyone who would like to learn more about Circles or volunteer with the program should go to Circlesoftroup.org or call Holly Roberts at 706-883-1687. Roberts can also be reached by e-mail at hroberts@troupco.org.

‘Neighbors’ is a weekly series by the Daily News that highlights community members. To nominate a person to be featured, call 706-884-7311.