Melissa Stafford joined the Homeless Advocacy Project to work on the SOAR Project (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) in 2020.
Melissa graduated from Temple University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has spent the last five years working with individuals affected by trauma, specifically women, refugees, and immigrants. Before joining HAP, Melissa volunteered as a crisis counselor for victims of sexual violence at WOAR in Philadelphia, worked as an intake counselor at Laurel House, a domestic violence shelter, and co-founded a community group to address community trauma and accountability practices.
When she isn’t working, Melissa loves gardening and DIY projects.