New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter Welcomes Tyler As Development Director
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter welcomes Melissa Tyler to its staff as its first development director.
“Melissa has a keen understanding of what it takes to support our Shelter’s mission and vision of transitioning families from homelessness to independent living,” said Dawn Bradley-Fletcher, executive director of the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter. “She is a great addition to our team and I am confident that the Shelter will benefit from her enthusiastic leadership and expertise.”
With 14 years in the development and communications industry, Tyler most recently served as the director of development for Magnolia Community Services, where she managed the strategic planning and execution of Magnolia’s fundraising operations. Prior to that, she was the annual fund manager at the University of New Orleans where she led the University’s annual fund with a focus on better integrating alumni affairs, marketing communications and development, and diversifying revenue streams. She holds a bachelor of arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to join an outstanding team and to build on the momentum they have already created for the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter,” said Tyler. “I look forward to helping serve the most vulnerable homeless population in New Orleans as I begin this new chapter.”
The New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter is the largest shelter for homeless women and children in New Orleans, with a mission to transition homeless families to sustainable and independent living. Since its inception in 2007, the Shelter has helped more than 1,200 homeless women and children transition from living on the street to safe, affordable housing. An average of 88 percent of the families served by the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter transition to independence and stability. The Shelter continues to stay filled to capacity year-round. Because two-thirds of the residents are children, the Shelter has implemented a comprehensive children’s case management program and after-school education and enrichment program to satisfy the needs of each child.