Dr. Vergarie Sanford

February 21, 2020
Iowan of the Week

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Dr. Vergarie Sanford for her outstanding work and commitment as a faith leader in her community.

Dr. Sanford serves as a minister at Mount Zion Refuge Center Church in Council Bluffs. Here, she centers her work on creating safe, supporting communities that focuses on serving God by serving others. Dr. Sanford engages young women, providing mentorship for girls between ages 12 and 18. She has also worked in local middle schools on bullying prevention programs. Her dedication to bettering her community is shown in her multiple memberships on the boards of local Council Bluffs organizations. Dr. Sanford is a true community leader and servant.

Born and raised in Council Bluffs, Dr. Sanford is dedicated to continued learning that allows her to better serve her fellow Iowans. She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School and attended Iowa Western; most recently, she received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oral Roberts University and I know her community is deeply proud of this accomplishment. She said she is inspired by Matthew 9:37 which reads “the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few” which speaks to her heart and desire to serve her community.

Dr. Sanford is on the Board of Directors of Children’s Square U.S.A., which provides behavioral health, educational services, child welfare and emergency services to families. She is also the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of Centro Latino. This organization created a social services office in Council Bluffs to help the growing Latino community navigate through different resources including pantry services, housing assistance, applications to Medicaid, SNAP and unemployment. Through her work, Iowans are getting access to services they need to support their families.

It is an honor to commemorate the outstanding achievement of Dr. Sandford and celebrate the hard work that she has put in to give back to her community. I have great respect and admiration for activists like Dr. Sanford who continue to build up others and help them fulfill their needs.