2017 – Melissa Jeltsen

Alliance for HOPE International presented our first ever HOPE Rising Award this past week to HuffPost Senior Writer Melissa Jeltsen for her powerful writing on domestic violence in nearly two stories per week.

Alliance CEO Gael Strack and Alliance President Casey Gwinn presented Melissa with a piece of art from renown artist Inocente, a child survivor of violence and abuse, that works with our camping and mentoring program.

Melissa Jeltsen is a gifted, articulate, and insightful writer that is helping raise awareness across the United States and around the world. No reporter has ever served in this role full-time. Melissa’s articles are rallying the domestic violence and sexual assault movements across the country. Melissa also wrote an excellent feature story this past year on our nationally recognized Camp HOPE America program for children exposed to domestic violence.

You can follow Melissa on Facebook under her name and on Twitter at (Melissa Jeltsen).