Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 23, 2013

Melton selected Christmas parade grand marshal


CROSSVILLE — Denise Melton and The House of Hope will be the grand marshal for the 2013 Crossville Christmas Parade, set for Dec. 14 at 4:30 p.m.

Melton has served the Cumberland Children’s Center-House of Hope since 2004 and has been executive director since 2006. She is married to Mark Melton and they have four children and two grandchildren.

Melton, a recipient of the Dimple Globe Award for Ablest Administrator, was also recently selected for Hero of the Day with HumaniTV. The House of Hope has received coverage from local, national and international news media due to their work with children.

Melton’s career of working for the care and safety of children spans 17 years.

In addition to her work at the House of Hope, Melton oversees the expansive operation of Threads of Hope Thrift Store in Crossville, an effort that supports the mission and vision of the House of Hope and exists to supply the many needs involved in supporting at-risk youth and children.

The House of Hope executive director, staff and volunteers work tirelessly to educate the public, parents, victims, and even the perpetrators who have been incarcerated about the ripple effect that drugs, abuse and neglect will have on future generations of humanity. Melton works closely with the Department of Children’s Services, the District Attorney’s Office and law enforcement to keep victimized children safe in a loving, warm environment until solutions to their sometimes dire circumstances can be reached. The most unusual task ever asked of the House of Hope was to retrieve an American child from Cumberland County that had been abandoned in Mexico for three years. The ordeal took nine months and the child was returned to American soil in January of this year.

Melton also serves as a Christian Counselor and is the Children’s Director and Children’s Church Director at Oaklawn Baptist Church.

Prior to Melton’s service with the House of Hope, she owned and operated a Christian preschool for 12 years. She credits this early work with young children for leading her to a true calling with the House of Hope.

Melton is both humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve along with the House of Hope as the grand marshal for the 2013 City of Crossville Christmas Parade — “The Heart of Christmas” — Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in downtown. For additional information on this year’s parade, contact the Palace Theatre at 484-6133, or visit