“I love the diversity of Fort Wayne and professionally, Fort Wayne is unique in the collaborations that take place among organizations to support the local community. Fort Wayne consists of individuals who really care for this city and who are truly making a difference though their work, it’s very fulfilling to get to be a part of that.” – Melissa Singh, Children’s Health Collaborative Intern
Melissa Singh, Children’s Health Collaborative Intern, joined the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne in January 2021. While with the Community Foundation, Melissa will be conducting research to learn more about evidence-based practices that lead to positive youth outcomes, creating community connections that result in positive health outcomes, coordinating and supporting CHC programming (Jump In) for local organizations, and creating a community and parent dashboard with relevant resources.
Melissa graduated from Huntington University (B.A.) with a double major in history and political science and is currently a student at IUPUI (Fort Wayne campus) in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Her career began at Catholic Charities Fort Wayne-South Bend as an intern in the Immigration Department in 2013. She was then hired on in 2014 as an immigration support specialist, transitioned to resettling newly arrived refugees, and later provided case management to survivors of human trafficking, teen parents, and others in need. In 2017 she became the Community Services Supervisor at Catholic Charities and managed various programs that support survivors of trafficking, teen parents, families in need of financial assistance, supportive services for individuals who are homeless, and Spanish interpretation services. In October 2020 she went to work at Amani Family Services as the Victim Care Program Manager. At Amani, she supports advocates and ensures programming provides culturally sensitive support to immigrants and refugees who are victims of crime in the United States or their country of origin. Melissa also serves on the steering committee and victim services committee at Anti-Trafficking Network of Northeast Indiana, as well as serves on the board of directors for Made Strong Ministries.
After graduation, Melissa wants to continue her work at Amani Family Services. In the future, she sees herself in a position where she can conduct research and policy analysis, as well as advocate for policies at the local or national level. Melissa is from Huntington and currently lives in Fort Wayne. She loves to play volleyball, travel, and read.