Champions Community Foundation
Mission and Vision
It is a national problem that can only be solved locally – as young adults with physical disabilities “age out” of high school, they no longer have the social and athletic activities that kept them involved and active in their community. They find themselves totally dependent on their aging parents for personal care and support, and they become isolated at home which often leads to loneliness and depression.
Champions Community Foundation, INC. (CCF) is a Non Profit 501(C) (3) organization dedicated to serving physically challenged young adults who have aged out of high school programs. Our participants have physical challenges resulting from conditions such as Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy or physical injury. In addition to their physical disability, some of these individuals may have some mild intellectual disabilities as well. We are committed to changing the lives of these individuals, as well as the community in which they live.
We believe young adults with physical disabilities can lead independent, productive and fulfilling lives in their community. Through an innovative shared living community approach, supported by programs developed for young adults with physical disabilities, we will significantly improve their quality of life in the following ways:
Independence through a shared living community approach providing personal support for each resident.
Social and athletic programs resulting in strong friendships, and happy, healthy lives.
Involvement in the community through work and volunteer opportunities.
Safe and secure living arrangements eliminating any fears about their future.
Awareness of the value these individuals can provide to their local community.
|Dependent On Aging Parents||Independent|
For a safe and secure place to live
For all personal care - bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, transportation, etc.
Living in a shared living community designed for young adults with physical disabilities
Personal care, when needed, is provided by a caring staff
|Isolated and Lonely||Socially Active|
Few social and athletic programs available for young adults with physical disabilities
Being isolated at home can lead to depression
Involved in daily social and athletic activities
Developing deep friendships
|Feeling Idle and Unproductive||Involved in Their Community|
Days are long and boring – TV and video games are the only activities to fill their days
Idle at home waiting for their parent’s to return from work
Working or volunteering several days a week
Feeling productive, building self confidence
|Uncertain About Their Future||Safe and Secure|
|Wondering who will take care of them if their parents or families cannot||Living with a sense of hope and confidence about their future|
|Misunderstood Within the Local Community||Community Awareness|
Lack of awareness about special needs
Misconceptions about their abilities
Volunteers from the local community will gain a new perspective
By working and volunteering in the community, the participants drive awareness