My name is Melissa Martinez, but all "my children" call me Ms. Mely. I came to Star of Hope fresh out of college, looking "only for a part-time job" before saying the big "I do's". Little did I know what God had in store for me here. I started working at our Women and Family Emergency Shelter as a Guest Support Staff. Before I knew it, I was working double shifts and seven-day weeks. I couldn't leave the Mission.
Three years later, I serve as the Sr. Children's Service Worker for the Women and Family Shelter and Transitional Living Center. I am the HISD Liaison and the Biblical Counselor for our children. I remember as a young adult in middle school, my life long goal was to become a Pediatrician because I wanted to "help people and work with kids." Oh, our God is mighty! He has me right where I am supposed to be....
And these are the stories--the happy stories, the heart-breaking stories, the hopeful stories, the can't-sleep-at-nights stories--of the children I work with. These children of God-- and now also children of mine--will captivate your heart and transform you in ways you have never expected before. God has used His littlest to change my life inside-out. My prayer is that their stories will do the same for you.
Melissa (Mely) Martinez
Sr. Children's Service Worker