Merideth Spriggs received her Masters of Divinity in 2004 from Nazarene Theological Seminary. In October 2008 she lost her job and became homeless. After struggling with homelessness, she overcame and was hired at the San Diego Rescue Mission to work in the Recuperative Care Unit. Merideth created a charity, Caridad Inc. in 2010 to help educate the public on the fact versus fiction about homelessness as well as highlight and create partnerships between legitimate agencies and volunteers. She has participated in the 100,000 Homes Campaign. In 2013 she and her husband moved to Las Vegas. In 2014 she joined the Downtown Rangers; a Downtown Project Company providing customer service based outreach to the homeless. Spriggs is currently the Southern Nevada lead on outreach for the federal 25 Cities Initiative working with federal VA, HUD, and USICH to coordinate ending veterans homelessness. A champion of the housing first model Merideth has housed hundreds and helped thousands of homeless. In addition to this leadership, Spriggs also serves as co-lead for the Continuum of Care Community Engagement Working group.
Funder Tony Hsieh and his fund Downtown Project recognized Merideth’s passion to end homelessness. In January of 2015 the Downtown Project and Tony Hsieh donated to bring Caridad to Las Vegas. The City of Las Vegas also showed support of Spriggs and her efforts by awarding her Citizen of the Month in October 2015.
In the past Merideth has provided training for Seattle, Boise, and San Diego communities under the 25 Cities Initiative. Merideth continues to work with Rapid Results to train other communities on coordinated outreach.
The Jameson Fellowship focuses on leadership and recognizes individuals – of diverse ages, races, backgrounds, sectors, and organizations - for their contributions to southern Nevada. The Fellowship is an investment in relationships and aims to build a solid and connected leadership base across the nonprofit sector.