Each month UMFS recognizes one of our employees as the Unwavering Champion of the Month. This award celebrates the UMFS mission and how our employees live it out every day. Our mission: UMFS is an unwavering champion for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential.
Our Unwavering Champion for August is Melissa Lee. Melissa is a Family Support Specialist. She works with the children and families in our Treatment Foster Care program in Norfolk. Children in Treatment Foster Care have more advanced needs. Many of them have had traumatic experiences and struggle with emotional or behavioral issues. These children and families require additional support to help them reach their full potential. Melissa plays a key role in providing that support.
In a typical week, Melissa visits with families in their homes, helps coordinate therapy and medical services, provides training, visits children’s schools, and serves as a caring support during times of crisis. Melissa goes the extra mile for her clients and works hard to empower them and provide the support they need. As her former supervisor Cherra Barbour-Smith shared, “Melissa has a natural ability to build strong relationships and connect with her clients, especially teenagers.”
Thank you Melissa Lee for being an unwavering champion for high-risk children and families!