Wayne Martin Mellinger - A Brief Bio

Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D. is a social justice educator, activist and writer, living in Santa Barbara, CA. He advocates for our neighbors on the streets, for those with mental health challenges and for all who are denied equal access to basic needs or are treated without dignity and respect. He has worked as an Outreach worker / Case Manager / Counselor for WillBridge of Santa Barbara, New Beginnings Counseling Center, The Safe Parking Program, Transition House and Casa Esperanza. His passion is helping chronically homeless and dually diagnosed individuals transition into permanent housing and self-sufficiency. He has taught sociology, social psychology and anti-oppression classes at Antioch University Santa Barbara, Ventura College, the Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and Berkeley campuses of the University of California and the Fielding Graduate University, He received his M.A and Oh.D. inSociology from UC-Santa Barbara. He is also a certified substance abused counselor. He sits on the Board of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) and was appointed to the South Coast Homeless Advisory Committee by Santa Barbara County Supervisor Doreen Farr.  He founded the Santa Barbara Homeless Foot Washing in 2008, and helped to found the Freedom Warming Centers.  He is a Community Organizer with SEAT At The Table, a homeless empowerment and advocacy coalition.  His writings on social justice often appear on Noozhawk.