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This profile was last updated on 3/19/12  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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And it's very difficult for children ...
www.wltx.com, 19 Mar 2012 [cached]
And it's very difficult for children to succeed in their other classes if they're having difficulty reading," explains Melani Miller, with the Salvation Army.
With she and her team, they'll hopefully do just that.
Their program helps kids in third through sixth grade with their reading after school for no charge. It's all thanks to a grant and library donations from Women in Philanthropy, in partnership with the United Way.
"The community has identified literacy as an issue that we really need to address. And so the Salvation Army really wants to be a part of finding those solutions and jumping in there and doing it," says Miller, "We also want to encourage a love for reading, because it really can open up new and different worlds."
Melani Miller knows the reality ...
www.thestate.com, 30 Nov 2008 [cached]
Melani Miller knows the reality of life without a place to call home.
For nine months, the Columbia woman bunked in a Salvation Army shelter after a family death, depression and eventual drug addition cost her a lucrative job in the University of South Carolina housing department.
But it was during those nine months she learned the importance of staying connected, and today she's working to do just that for others who now stand where she once did.
Melani Miller gets a hug from long time friend Gene Luna while working at Salvation Army.
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Miller earned a lucrative salary in the University of South CarolinaÕs housing department before depression and eventual drug addiction cost her that job and left her without a place of her own. Luna, who is an administrator at USC and a Salvation Army volunteer, worked with Miller 16 years ago at USC.
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Miller is grants coordinator and special projects manager for the Salvation Army, where she is involved in outreach and intervention programs for the homeless.
But much of her personal time and energies also are devoted to helping the homeless make their way off the streets.
"You don't realize what homelessness is until you've gone through it," Miller said.
She learned that lesson firsthand during a nearly yearlong span starting in August 2006. After being forced to leave her own home, Miller eventually moved to the Salvation Army and was enrolled in the agency's alcohol and drug recovery program.
She recalls the isolation she initially felt from many in the community and even some family members.
"One thing homeless people experience every day is people not wanting to be around them. They automatically have barriers put up," Miller said. "When someone treats you with care and compassion, it gives you hope."
For her, that hope started with two Salvation Army case managers who regularly met with her and supported her through recovery. One case worker arranged for Miller to get eyeglasses and helped her secure needed dental care.
Miller was later assigned a Salvation Army volunteer, who offered transportation and other tangible assistance.
"She came and met with me weekly and encouraged me," Miller said. "As I moved toward becoming self-sufficient, she helped me move toward the next step."
During her stay at the Salvation Army, Miller was hired part time, and by the time she got her own place she had secured a full-time job there.
But her work within the agency typically extends beyond her formal job requirements, often stretching well beyond 5 p.m. each day.
Miller is actively involved in The Women at the Well, an outreach to homeless women.
Through that outreach and her involvement in the Salvation Army church, Miller helps homeless women connect with agencies and services that can provide assistance.
Miller said one of her biggest privileges is providing hope.
"There were people there when I was going through those critical stages of recovery that were there for me," she said.
"Everyone who does not have a ...
www.thestate.com, 6 Jan 2010 [cached]
"Everyone who does not have a permanent home right now is fighting the cold," said Melani Miller, grants coordinator for the Salvation Army.
Columbia East Rotary Club
www.columbiaeastrotaryclub.org, 28 Dec 2005 [cached]
MEETING AT SEAWELL'S 1:00 PM ON JULY 7 2009, MARK SLOAN WILL INTRODUCE MELANIE MILLER OF THE SALVATION ARMY.
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MELANIE IS NOW EMPLOYED AT THE SALVATION ARMY, BUT WAS HOMELESS AND ON THE STREETS JUST MONTHS AGO. GREAT STORY !!
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