SANIBEL, Fla. (January 11, 2021) – Community Housing and Resources (CHR) is delighted to announce that Melanie Moraga joined its staff as Assistant Director in early January 2021. In this new role, Melanie will assist with the daily operations of CHR, and with client communications and fundraising for CHR’s important work for our community.


As a CHR resident with her two daughters for the past six years, Melanie brings with her a deep appreciation of the impact that CHR has on lives throughout Sanibel.  “Being a CHR resident enabled me to both live and work on the island I love and to provide a safe, affordable home for my daughters. I can still remember the excitement and relief I felt when I first heard that I was going to be able to rent a beautiful two-bedroom apartment at an amount I could afford. Now, having the opportunity to work with this amazing organization which was there for me when I needed it is a dream come true” Melanie commented.


Melanie is well known on Sanibel and brings with her an extensive knowledge of the local people and amenities as she served for many years as the Assistant Director of the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. In that role she was instrumental in the design and implementation of the expanded Museum.  Her work included operations, staff supervision, communications, as well as managing the Museum’s membership and fundraising programs. “We are thrilled to have Melanie join CHR at this important time. We are poised for growth and welcome her expertise, experience, and passion for our work.  It’s exciting to be able to hire a former CHR resident who has become a highly skilled professional and will bring great value to our organization,” says Executive Director Melissa Rice.