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3 Melissas' Intro

Introducing our super-exciting book project that's in the works! We wanted to share just a little info on this unique book that is scheduled for release September 2024.

Now available for BULK Pre-Order! Shipping in September!
.....ORDER INFO..... 1 3M THEcover copy

The Three Melissas--  
THE Practical Guide to Surviving
Family Homelessness

The book that needed to be written, filled with wisdom and observations from 3 astute women named Melissa with loads of lived homelessness experience!

Target audience: families experiencing homelessness.

Family homelessness demands so much from parents and kids. It's a time of trauma and uncertainty. No one guides you through the process. Until now. 

Families will find practical helpful hints to make these hard times a bit easier.  Those who work with families will learn directly from experts, The Three Melissas. Those curious about family homelessness will be astounded at what families navigate.


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The Three Melissas jumped at the chance to collaborate on this project, the first handbook on family homelessness, and the most important book for parents and those helping parents deal with homelessness.

The book is based on their input, shared with Diana and Diane who shaped it into this eye-opening handbook.  

The Three Melissas will receive proceeds from the book

Watch these 1-minute film clips featuring
these incredible women!

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About the book...

The Three Melissas -
The Practical Guide to Surviving Family Homelessness

By Diana Bowman and Diane Nilan,
Featuring Melissa A (IL), Melissa N (FL), Melissa T (KS)


Who knows more about family homelessness than the parents who experience it? The Three  Melissas -- The Practical Guide to Surviving Family Homelessness is a unique book of wisdom from 3 mothers named Melissa filled with their unfettered advice to millions of other moms, dads, and caregivers without a place to live. 

These hard-won observations and suggestions, compiled into an unprecedented survival guide for families experiencing homelessness in the United States each year, offers tips and takes on common issues bedeviling stressed parents. This guide will also inform those working with homeless families, giving readers a more enlightened understanding of the mostly invisible and growing crisis of family homelessness. 


Diana Bowman and Diane Nilan, two long-time advocates and professionals have spent collectively over 75 years learning about family homelessness in the U.S. From their respective positions, they’ve provided abundant invaluable information and assistance to communities, educators, service providers, and policy makers. At the heart of their efforts has always been the commitment to convey the combined challenges of being homeless and raising children, and to provide tips to help families survive their hardships.

This book project took their mission to another level, requiring help from the experts, namely parents with lived experience of homelessness. Featured in this book are three mothers, all named Melissa, who offered poignant insights into what it’s like to be homeless with small children. They also provided scores of practical tips and words of encouragement to support and inspire other parents facing homeless.


The practical advice from the 3 Melissas will not only provide support and encouragement to parents experiencing homelessness but will reduce anxiety and ease tensions between families and those trying to help them. Those inviting families to temporarily stay with them, doubling up, will learn ways to smooth this often-bumpy arrangement. Educators, agency professionals and policymakers will gain insights about everyday logistical challenges families encounter and turn those insights into ways to alleviate family homelessness. 


Marketing plans are in process to get the book into the hands of as many families as possible. HEAR US will sell this book through mainstream book vendors. Proceeds from the book will be distributed to The Three Melissas. Charles Bruce Foundation, publisher. Paperback (5x7), appx. 150 pages. Retail $15. Bulk prices available. Anticipated availability September 2024. BULK PRE-ORDERS NOW ACCEPTED!
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