A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Melissa Roberts is no stranger to overcoming adversity. She suffered a stroke at the age of 18 that left her with paralysis of the left side of her body and a dire prognosis—doctors told her she would never have children and might never walk again. She ignored them and went on to have two children and spend 25 years as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant. She obtained her certification by working in the field and completing her formal education, which required her to walk her children to a babysitter every morning before walking to school. She then walked from school back to the babysitter’s, walked her children to a second babysitter and then walked to work.
Misfortune found Melissa again when she was diagnosed with a heart condition that resulted in a hospital stay of several weeks. The hospitalization cratered her finances, and she lost her home and her car. Homeless and unable to find employment in her former profession, she soon found herself at Sun Cedar, which she describes as “the first job where I enjoy coming to work!” Gainfully employed, with her heart problems controlled by medication, she says that Sun Cedar demonstrates that “people who are comfortable and happy in their work environment are more productive.”