Champion House of Care (CHOC) Project One supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Mecklenburg County and surrounding areas. CHOC Project One focuses on supporting these families through advocacy and programs that encourage inclusion within the community. We provide resources and scholarships for families in need of adult day care and summer camp, as well as referrals for other basic needs.
Champion Heights is designed to provide adult and adolescent individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities opportunities to live an unexpected life. Through community outreach events, we provide our “champions” with recreational volunteerism opportunities to increase their communication skills, community living skills, and job training skills. “Bridge the Gap” is an initiative to provide training to police officers on behaviors of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our aim was to change the stigma around our population’s interactions with the police force in general society. During the time of Walter Scott's shooting, we began this initiative to shed a positive light on local law enforcement. We planned a Thanksgiving Dinner and a Christmas dinner for the CMPD North Tryon Division to increase the visibility of our population and show our appreciation for law enforcement. We also executed our first annual softball game to provide our champions with intramural sports interactions from which they are normally prohibited. The "West Charlotte Transient Child Initiative" provides the homeless children in the transitional housing motels of West Charlotte, necessities to increase school performance and decrease bullying from peers. We collect coats and gloves at winter to distribute, backpacks, and school supplies in the fall to provide them with necessities before the first day of school ,food every day and we partner with Marine Corp Toys for Tots, servicing 500 children with toys at Christmas. The "Community Partnership Initiative" connects our population with the Uptown Hilton Hotel and Hampton Garden Inn to provide job training in housekeeping, life skills, and customer service. The expected results of all of our initiatives are to increase the community involvement of our champions in the greater Charlotte society and provide adequate job training for future employment.