C-U at Home engages and mobilizes our community to house and support the most vulnerable homeless on their journey of healing and restoration.
Mike Royse, Royse Innovations - President
Kim Simpson, University of Illinois - Vice President
Barbara Stalter, Archer Daniels Midland, Retired - Treasurer
Megan Thompson, ASPCA - Secretary
Jim Eisenmenger, Martin Hood Friese & Associates
Ken Raymond, Stratford Park Bible Chapel
Joel Sanders, Urbana Police Department
Melany Jackson, Executive Director
Tony Comtois, Mentor
Stephanie Lee, Interim Phoenix Coordinator
Dolores Sofranko, Case Manager
Dick Miller, Pastoral Counselor
Jay Schubert, Volunteer Coordinator
Donna Higgins, Bookkeeper
Melany is the Executive Director for the C-U at Home campaign. Her passion and commitment to serving the homeless stems from a history of helping those in need.
While earning her Master of Divinity in Kansas City (2005-2008), Melany was a leader in the Midwestern Evangelism Teams. These groups each spent a couple of hours in the downtown core each week ministering to people from every walk of life, which included many who were needy.
She moved back to Champaign in the fall of 2009 and spent a year serving at Salt & Light, a ministry dedicated to helping those in need with basic food and clothing. In December of 2010, Melany began going out on the Canteen Run, a ministry of Partnering Against Homelessness and The Salvation Army, dedicated to taking food, clothing, hygiene products and information out on a truck to those who are in need in the community.
In April of 2011 Melany was elected to chair the Council of Service Providers to the Homeless. These organizations are all committed to serving the homeless population.
In May of 2012, Melany was appointed as the Executive Director of C-U at Home.
Her passion to serve the needy through compassion ministry was also fueled by a book called Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, by David Platt. In May of 2011 she began liquidating her assets to commit to the cause of C-U at Home full-time. She also moved into Restoration Urban Ministries in order to live in a transitional housing setting herself, while leading this effort to serve the homeless population.