Melissa Leathers, Rapid Rehousing case coordinator at Save the Family in Mesa, has received the Kevin Collins Award from the Arizona Housing Coalition in recognition of her work that goes “above and beyond the call of duty in serving clients and working with peers and colleagues.”
The award, named after Collins who was fatally wounded while working at Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), honors a currently employed direct-service staff member in the field.
Collins worked for CASS for five years, managing two shelters and weekend operations of the Lodestar Day Resource Center when it first began operations in 2006.
Leathers joined Save the Family in 2016. She manages a caseload of 15 to 20 families, helping the families achieve permanent housing and income to support that housing for the longterm. She works with families through the Rapid Rehousing Program to develop a critical time-intervention plan that includes goals, referral sources and direction to move toward self-sufficiency by the time the family leaves the program.
Leathers earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. Her work experience includes responsibilities with Terros, Parc Place and Girls Ranch.