ABOUT CHAMP HOMES
CHAMP Homes: our mission
Here at CHAMP Homes we are, “Places of Hope, Built on Faith.” And it is our ongoing mission to provide and maintain a safe, supportive and nurturing home environment for formerly homeless youth and adults; to offer spiritual counseling and life skills training to at risk individuals; and to continuously advocate for the neglected and abandoned people in our Cape Cod Community.
The winter of 1988 was a cold one. And, the plight of the homeless on Cape Cod pierced the hearts of Carolyn and Paul Hebert…
“How can we sleep in our cozy bed while others huddle in doorways?” questioned Carolyn.
Stepping Forward in Faith
From this question began the journey that ultimately led to CHAMP Homes. Together, with the encouragement and financial support of their family and friends, generous private citizens, local businesses and faith communities, they and other envisioned and manifested the Miracle Kitchen, Gleaners Second Harvest, the NOAH shelter and Day Star Place.
After all this, the Heberts knew that there was still more to do…
Beyond Shelters & Hot Meals
Since 1991, when the first CHAMP House opened its door, CHAMP Homes has grown to be a community of six residences near the Main Street of downtown Hyannis.
More than 2300 people have enjoyed CHAMP Homes as their home and family. Our residents are Cape Cod students, veterans and people from all walks of life. The community has become an oasis where love, respect and support help each member of the CHAMP Homes family move away from the difficulties that led to their homelessness and instead toward his or her full potential.
“My hope someday is to make it back to Provincetown; but in the meantime, this is my home.
It is a place for me to heal.” –Kathleen, a CHAMP Homes resident
Our Pilot Houses
In 2012, CHAMP Homes welcomed Pilot House and its residents to our family. Pilot House is our Recovery Community model of CHAMP Homes. Men seeking to live a sober life are welcomed into this affordable, structured and supportive housing. The cost is kept low to make the program accessible for those who otherwise might not find support and care during this transitional point of life. Unlike our other CHAMP Homes where at least six months of sobriety is required for admission to the program, Pilot House will take men committed to sobriety from day one. Yet, the program expects each man to take responsibility for his own recovery on entry.
Pilot House, along with collaborative partner, the Duffy Health Center, offer services that provide structure and boundaries that help these men avoid addictive substances. Through Pilot House programs these men are given the opportunity to understand the nature of addiction; take on a new view of themselves and others; step into their own responsibilities for employment and continued healing: and also given the chance to name and fulfill their future hopes.
Our Pilot House II provides a bridge to independent living for graduates of our Pilot House program.
Built on Faith
CHAMP Homes have been built on the steadfast belief of its founders that the work would be blessed – and needs would be met. Over the years, the faithfulness to the mission has been abundantly rewarded through the inspired generosity of so many people and local businesses. And we are grateful for all of the support!
CHAMP Homes, Inc. is a charitable 501 (C)(3) tax-deductible organization registered with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (Account #23602). Your donation is greatly appreciated!
About our Founders
Paul and Carolyn Hebert, CHAMP Homes, Inc., Founders. Paul and Carolyn moved with their three daughters to Centerville on Cape Cod in 1981. Throughout their lives, Paul and Carolyn, have sought to live out their personal values—loving God and their neighbor. And here on Cape Cod, in response to a personal call to do justice, they founded the Housing for All Corporation (now CHAMP Homes, Inc.) in 1988. The founding of HFAC was a catalyst for projects like the NOAH Shelter, Miracle Kitchen, Day Star Program, Gleaners Second Harvest Project, and led to the opening of the first CHAMP House in 1991.
Under Paul and Carolyn’s leadership CHAMP House grew to CHAMP Homes with six houses, and an efficiency cottage located in Hyannis. The Alice O’Neill House, the Jamie Ready House, Lyndon Lorusso House and Bayside Cottage are all located at our School Street campus. Pilot House is located at 120 Yarmouth Road. And Pilot House II and the “Tugboat” cottage are at 27 Parkway Place. Each home provides supportive housing (some transitional, and some longer term) for individuals who otherwise would be homeless. Since its inception, CHAMP Homes, Inc. has served over 2400 individuals.
Through the years, the Heberts have been the recipients of many prestigious awards and honorariums, including Honorary Degrees for Community Service from Cape Cod Community College (2004); the Rick Presbrey Community Service Award (2006); the Church Women’s Civil Liberties Award; and most recently were honored for their community work by the International Coach Federation’s New England Chapter (2014).
In 2015, Paul and Carolyn transitioned to new roles with CHAMP Homes, Inc. Paul has focused his time and energy on the management of the Charitable Redemption Partnerships.. Carolyn has provided on-call consultation to the new leadership with regard to case management and intakes. A good familial analogy for Paul and Carolyn’s new roles could be that of parents who become grandparents—while their roles in the family change, they remain a crucial, vital part of the family. And in many ways even more so!
Champ Homes' Mission
To create a home away from home for those who are homeless and to give them hope. Champ Homes will always be places of hope, built on faith.
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