The young ladies at Rainbow Children’s Home are cared for around the clock by a team of professionals called Residential Specialists. The position of Residential Specialist carries a wide variety responsibilities. These include, but are not limited to transporting children to and from appointments, helping with homework, preparing meals, in addition to fostering an environment that promotes respect, responsibility, and empowerment.
Being a Residential Specialist requires a lot of patience, love, compassion and discipline. Loving, caring for and encouraging these young ladies might sound simple but it is one of the most challenging aspects of our job. Taking in and caring for abused and neglected children carries many obstacles. Some of them have been the “mom” or “dad” to younger siblings. Some have never had rules or structure and many have never been loved or even understand what love really is. Gaining their trust takes time, patience, and work; it is only the first step of a long journey with these children. Being able to become part of their lives is beyond rewarding. To be a small part of their success is what makes being a Residential Specialist worth every minute. We can confidently say that our staff is made up of an incredible group of dedicated, resilient, loving individuals who give all of themselves to improving the lives of the young ladies in our care and we cannot thank them enough for all that they do.
Melinda has served as the executive director for Rainbow Children’s Home since March of 2000.
“From the first day I learned of Rainbow Children’s Home, I felt God guiding me to work with the abused and neglected children. Oftentimes, abuse is a multi-generational issue. We want to stop the cycle of abuse by healing their wounds through counseling, preparing them for the future through education and training, and connecting them with a great sense of hope through spiritual guidance. It is an honor to serve our children because I know that we can make a difference in their lives.”
Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education- Auburn University, 1992 Master Degree in Counseling- Auburn University, 1994
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)- State of Alabama, 2000
Certified Foster Parent, 2001
Certified Crisis Intervention Specialist, 2005
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)- State of Georgia, 2006
Doctorate Degree in Psychology- Southern California University, 2007
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, 2020