Hello all,

After four years of working at Trinity Center, and five years working in the downtown homeless community, my last day was Friday, May 6th. I started my social work career in July 2006, just out of UT grad school, as a Case Manager at the ARCH Healthcare for the Homeless clinic, and after a year there, I moved to Trinity Center where I have found a home away from home among our neighbors, staff, and volunteers. I have worn many hats as a Trinity Center staff member over the years from coordinating volunteers and running the Center to supervising interns and AmeriCorps members and even writing policies and grants. My most favorite part of the job and what I will miss the most is the people I’ve met and worked with over the years and the friendships that have been formed as a result of our service together. The memory of those times will last a lifetime. I have had the privilege of working with so many compassionate, hardworking, and dedicated staff and volunteers at Trinity Center and other agencies assisting the homeless, as well as enthusiastic and inspiring interns and AmeriCorps members. Most importantly, the work I’ve done with the amazingly resilient and genuinely appreciative “neighbors” in our homeless community has made the biggest impact on my life.  I hope in some small way, I have positively impacted their lives as well.

In case you are wondering what my plan is, I have decided to devote more time to the next chapter in my life called motherhood, since I am now mother to an almost 8 month-old baby boy. J I have accepted temporary position at Texas Homeless Network,  which will allow me to work from home several days a week, as well as work in the office. As the VISTA Project Coordinator for THN, I will continue to keep up the fight to end homelessness by coordinating AmeriCorps VISTA projects at organizations assisting the homeless throughout the state. Also, by the end of the summer, my family plans to move to Fredericksburg. From there,  I will be able to take a few years off from working to stay home and raise my son (and hopefully have another child in the future).

I hope to keep in touch with many of you who have helped guide, support, and encourage me on this journey the past five years. After today, if you’d like to keep in touch, you can email me at my new work email: melanie@thn.org beginning next Monday, May 9th. Please keep fighting for these incredibly deserving people who have a right to the same chance as the rest of us to live a full, healthy, and safe life free of discrimination, persecution, and judgment from society.