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Meet The Newest Member of the CWEALF Team!

Melinda Johnson


Welcome our newest staff member Melinda Johnson, Secure Jobs CT Program Manager 

Secure Jobs CT was launched by the Melville Charitable Trust and over 25 other foundations to increase the income of families with children exiting homelessness into housing by connecting them to the education, training, childcare, and other supports they need to secure and maintain stable, competitive employment. 

Melinda L. Johnson has dedicated her life to her faith and the service of her community. The majority of her career has been devoted to the non-profit sector, serving in a diversity of areas including case management, counseling, program management, program coordination and administration. Most recently Melinda was a team member of the Urban League of Greater Hartford where she served as the Program Coordinator for the Go Girls Program. Melinda is also the founder and CEO of the RIVERS Women's Initiative, an organization that assists women who have been victims of sexual trauma, domestic violence and human trafficking. She is a host and producer for Change Talk Wednesday on, a live streaming show that is a part of her RIVERS Women’s Initiative.

Melinda began her post-secondary education at the University of Connecticut followed by the Tabernacle Bible College and Seminary Tampa Florida where she graduated with her Masters in Religious Arts and Christian Counseling.

We hope you enjoy getting to know Melinda!

The first thing I do in the morning is…

I open my eyes and thank God for another day. I wake my husband up and then check Facebook because it has become a more convenient news source than CNN. After which, I proceed to morning hygiene. 

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

You might be surprised to know that I have authored a book entitled Image and Likeness under my maiden name. They also my may be surprised to find that I am an artist and specialize in flat wood carving.

What’s your idea of the perfect day off?

My idea of a perfect day is when I've spent my energy fueling positive and sustainable change in the lives of others and still have time to enjoy my own peace and balance with a hot cup of cocoa by the fireplace with my husband.

What do you do when you aren’t working?

When I'm not working I devote a lot of my time to refining my artistic skills in crochet, wood carving, poetry and amateur photography. I also enjoy outdoors activities, mainly in warm weather, though I do ice skate and can ski.   

How did you first get involved with CWEALF?

I am joining the CWEALF team as the Secure Jobs CT Program Manager. My passion for empowering women to advance past economic and social barriers has brought me to support CWEALF's mission. 

What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating to CWEALF?

I would tell people who are interested in donating to CWEALF that when they donate to this organization they will be able to watch their contribution come to life. That every cent given will be giving voice to women and communities in need and that every dollar will be giving legs to policies and actions that will help in the advancement of our society.


CWEALF’s team includes more than just the full time staff! Our board members, community partners, cooperating attorneys, donors, interns and volunteers make our work to improve the lives of women and girls in Connecticut possible. Thank you!

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By CWEALF at 14 Nov 2016, 21:18 PM



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