Our work is about you, and we can't do it without your support. We depend on the help of the community members who work to make a difference every day.
We sat down with Melvin Giles — a community organizer, social justice leader, and animal advocate — at Heritage Tea House.
Melvin lives in the communities in which we work. He has helped the Community Outreach team create meaningful connections by introducing us to countless community leaders, residents and animal lovers. He has also worked to reduce the homeless pet population through our Trap Neuter and Release (TNR) program, partnering with Mary G. Salter. He's also worked with the Minnesota Alliance for Family and Animal Safety to educate local police about noting pets in homes where domestic violence calls have been made in an effort to keep people and pets together.
Melvin has been a wonderful asset to our program, providing feedback and teaching us about the history and strength of all the communities in St. Paul. “I’m a fan of the St. Paul Community Engagement team. I know my woman would be happy with it,” Melvin says, referencing his late wife of 18 years. He said he's proud to work with us because we aren't "just knocking on doors" but are present at events and in the community, working to bring people together.
Beyond partnering with AHS, Melvin also works with Feline Rescue, Urban Farm and Garden Alliance, ReConnect Rondo, and Frogtown Farm.
Thank you Melvin for your support and wisdom!