Local pastor carrying purple purse as part of effort to counter domestic violence in Johnson County

Veronica's Voice
Aaron Roberts, senior minister at Colonial United Church of Christ in Prairie Village, carried around a purple purse last week in support of Veronica’s Voice, a local organization supporting victims of human trafficking.

If you thought you saw Colonial Church minister Aaron Roberts on the town last week carrying a big purple purse, your eyes weren’t fooling you.

Roberts kept the purple purse with him Wednesday afternoon as a conversation starter. The topic? Domestic violence and, in his case, the fight against human trafficking.

Veronica’s Voice, a local organization fighting human trafficking, is one of the church’s mission partners. Roberts said Veronica’s Voice recently joined the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse program. The idea behind the program came from Lucy Bloom, executive director of Veronica’s Voice, who is passing the purple purse around to members of the community to gain interest and advocacy for their cause.