Champion House of Care makes the difference

The organization gives young adults encouragement and the opportunity to help themselves by serving others.

CHARLOTTE, NC — In a business park off of Reagan Drive in the Hidden Valley corridor is a nondescript building. Behind these walls is the Champion House of Care. Champion House of Care supports adolescents and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“A lot of the time, people with disabilities get pushed aside,” said Champion House of Care President and Founder Janette Kinard. “Don’t push me to the side, put me first – allow me to be somebody.”

Kinard likes to quote her group’s statement of purpose because it sums up the feelings of the people she helps.

“Allow me to become anyone because if you teach me I can become anyone,” she said.

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Along with other volunteers, the Champion House of Care – also known as CHOC – teaches life skills like reading and writing so the people they work with don’t feel helpless.

“We teach our adults with disabilities how to give back to the community,” Kinard said.

In Hidden Valley, some of their neighbors are families who are hungry, without coats or without essentials. CHOC has decided to allow its young adults to pay it forward.

SHOCK began hosting coat drives, school supply giveaways and hot lunch drop-offs to families in need.

“Because you have a disability, well, we’re going to put that disability aside, and we’re going to show you that you can be somebody, and you can give back to the community like others have,” Kinard said.

The organization gives young adults encouragement and the opportunity to help themselves by serving others.

“We’re going to make sure you see you don’t have that disability, take that title away from me, I’m somebody,” Kinard said.

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