Grandma's House Staff
Woody Medeiros, Program Director
Woody Medeiros, Executive Director of Grandma's House Executive Director, Woody has been a leader and advocate for Grandma's House since 1992. Through these years Woody has grown with Grandma's House program and used her talents and strengths to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves, developing community partners and long term relationships. Confident, she believes that if you give youth positive support and tools for life you give hope and vision and help guide them towards a future they never knew possible. Woody has also served in roles in numerous community organizations: Homeless Leadership Coalition, one-night Homeless Count, Project Connect, NOVA, Harmony for Women and others.
Woody's favorite quote: “Everyone says love hurts. That’s not true. Loneliness hurts. Rejection hurts. Losing someone hurts. Envy hurts. Everyone gets these things confused with love, but in reality, love is the only thing in this world that covers up all the pain and makes someone feel wonderful again. Love is the only thing in this world that does not hurt.” Liam Neeson
Linda Collins, Program Assistant
Linda has been with Grandma’s House since 1992. She volunteered as a bookkeeper in those early years and was hired in that position part-time a few years back. When our Volunteer Coordinator/Office Manager position came open it was a perfect fit for her. Linda is now a Program Assistant assisting with anything that needs done. Linda is also a teacher and is more than willing to tutor our young mothers if they are struggling in school. She has many years of experience with our population and presents a calm and secure presence for them. Linda is also a member of NOVA, Network of Volunteer Administrators.
Linda’s favorite quote: “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was duty. I acted and behold, duty was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore
Melanie Acevedo, Resident Case Manager
Melanie Acevedo moved to Bend, Oregon from West Springfield, MA this past August 2017 after having completed a year with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). During NCCC, she worked in disaster relief, construction, food security, and youth development across the southwest region of the country. Currently, she is in another year with AmeriCorps as a VISTA with Better Together out of the High Desert ESD in Redmond. Melanie also has her Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Homeland Security with a concentration in cybersecurity and intelligence. She’s lived and volunteered in Rome, Italy and Queensland Australia and hopes to continue traveling in the future. She is passionate about the work Grandma’s house does and is excited to be a part of its mission.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi
Leah Custard, Night Monitor
With a background in Social Services and a grandmother of 5 grandchildren this was a perfect fit for her. She has been a volunteer in the community for over 26 years putting on the annual Toy Run for children and working with Veterans.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”