Assistant Program Director of Coaching and Therapist
Michele Meinhardt joined HopeNet after earning her Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas and her Bachelor’s degree in family studies and human services from Kansas State University. Between her studies, she served as an emergency dispatcher for two years in Manhattan, Kansas. Answering 911 calls gave her the privilege of walking alongside individuals in deeply troubling situations, providing a calming presence and listening ear.
Michele has worked directly with recovering substance users, survivors of childhood and adult trauma, domestic violence, sexual assault, prostitution, and trafficking through her internships at the YWCA Women’s Crisis Center and the Women’s Recovery Center. She has also worked at the Crisis Stabilization Unit with people experiencing suicidal thoughts, self-harm, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.
Through her experiences with others, as well as her own personal experience, Michele learned firsthand that Christ was serious when he said “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9) Michele believes we are uniquely sculpted to reflect God’s image and that we are never “too far gone” for His grace and healing.
In her free time, Michele enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her friends and family (especially her niece and nephew!).