Meleny's House

Meleny's House

GRADUATED HOUSING FOR SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Meleny's House will offer apartment style living to women in the leadership phase of The Well program to give them more independence and autonomy while still being supported by staff and programming at The Well.

In turn, this will open more beds at The Well, allowing Worthwhile Wear to serve more women.

Renovation of the property is currently underway with plans to open in Spring 2022.


WHO IS MELENY?

Pastor Miller (pictured here), his wife Meleny, and their two sons lived in the home for 22 years. It was the longest place they had called "home" but their time there was not without its challenges.

Meleny developed unexplained difficulty walking after just a year in the home. In an exploratory surgery, doctors found a benign tumor that encapsulated her spine. The tumor was removed, but it left her with no feeling below her shoulder.

Bound to a wheelchair, the church came alongside to help the family. Despite Meleny's limited mobility, she poured into the lives of the women who brought food and helped with her rehab. The home became a place of rest and restoration and we look forward to it serving survivors in the same way.

THE COMMUNITY GOES TO WORK

On June 27, 2021 Emmanuel Lutheran Church voted unanimously to offer their parsonage to Worthwhile Wear to use as additional housing. (Pictured L to R is Worthwhile Wear executive director, Dan Emr; former pastor Richard Miller; current pastor John Heidgerd; and church council chair Jennifer Casta.)

The 12 bedroom home was originally renovated in 1977 for former pastor, Richard Miller and his family but has sat unused since 2007. When current pastor, John Heidgerd came to Emmanuel Lutheran, he felt that the parsonage was too big for just him and his wife and it needed a new purpose.

To make the home usable, plans were drawn up to turn the single family dwelling into three independent apartment units. Most of the renovation work has been completed by volunteer crews. If you are interested in helping, email Tina at TTranauskas@worthwhilewear.org to get plugged in.



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