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One of Houston’s Real Hidden Stars Gets a Building Named After Her: Former TV Talk Show Host Became a True Difference Maker

BY // 06.03.17
photography, Daniel Ortiz

A woman of accomplishment and philanthropy over the decades, Warner Roberts has worn many hats from that of TV talk show host, to charity event founder, to editor and on and on. But the endeavor that has been most rewarding to the affable Roberts has been supporting the Mission of Yahweh.

Founded by Sister Helen Gay in 1961 as a homeless shelter for women and children, 20 years later, the Mission of Yahweh grew its wings through the help of Roberts. She assisted in raising money for the first dormitory and within six months it was built and furnished, the latter thanks to her appeal to Hoffer Furniture’s Jodie Hoffer.

Through the years Roberts has continued to raise awareness of and funds for the mission that now has 13 buildings on a tree-shaded campus. Eight years ago, she founded the annual Mission of Yahweh gala that has raised more than $3 million for the mission’s operating fund.

It was all of that and more that earned Roberts special recognition at the Mission of Yahweh. More than 100 friends and fans turned out at the mission on Wednesday to honor Roberts as the plaque naming the first dormitory as the Warner Roberts Building was unveiled. A mayoral proclamation designated May 31 as Warner Roberts Day in Houston. Topping off the day, Larry Martin, who built a 10,000 square-foot building as a home for Sister Gay and her 24 adopted children, made a generous donation for the mission’s work.

Joining in the chorus of praise for Roberts were mission executive director Richard Hill, board chair Joyce Pankonien, Monica Hartland, Pam Lockard and Paul-David Van Atta.

The Roberts family turned out in force for the event including Warner’s husband, Bob Sr., and their sons and wives, Kristin and Bob Jr.,  and Angie and Cliff, and grandsons, Cliff, Lee and John Luke.

Who: Bill King, Deborah Duncan, Betty Hrncir, Kristina Somerville, Alicia Smith, Andy Delery, Joanne Crassas, Sybil Roos, Angela Poujol, Bobbie Weinstein, Kathi Rovere, Beth Wolff, Scott Evans and Jeff Henry, Nancy Dinerstein, Mary Ann McKeithan, Regina Rogers, and Barbara McKnight, whose Culinaire provided luncheon fare.

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