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Melissa De Santis, Community Engagement Officer

Melissa De Santis

I am described as a compassionate, empathetic person with a passion for social justice. I have completed a degree in Community Development with Psychology and Sociology as my majors. I have a strong interest in Indigenous Australian understanding, politics and family violence.

I have been working at Hope Street across a number of different programs, including as a Case Manager, and I am currently part of the Hope Street First Response Youth Mobile Outreach Service in Melton team.

How did you become interested in working with young people/families at risk of or experiencing homelessness?

Through my previous roles in local and state government I had noticed a significant gap in assistance in the homelessness sector and wanted to make a difference locally.

What is your favourite part about working at Hope Street?

I love working with and empowering youth to do the best that they can with their lives. It is extremely refreshing to see their drive during their transition through the program. I have so much respect for and have learnt so much from them.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

Firstly, I am a mother and love spending time with my family and friends. I also like to put my passion for social justice and community development training into good use within the local community, focusing on issues such as family violence and equality for all.

Who or what inspires you and why?

People that have not had the best start in life inspire me, their drive to do the best that they can and help others in the same situation and that wish to bring about positive social change... that inspires me.

What message would you share with others about young people/families at risk of or experiencing homelessness?

My advice would be to seek assistance, ask for help, take every opportunity that you can and be the best that you can be. You can do anything you put your mind to.

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