A Champion to Those in Need!
I was born Valerie Yvette Lumpkins but married Harold Champion on December 4, 2000, and am newly divorced as of July 2012. I was raised on the Westside of Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Booker T. Washington High School. I did not attend college right after high school because I got pregnant. I am a proud mother of two handsome young men, Dontavius -25 and Julian – 22. They are the joy of my heart. After years of putting off going back to school, I finally found the opportunity and attended American Intercontinental University. In 2006, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree in Business Marketing.
…The Spirit led me to Douglasville where I begin to develop a stronger relationship with God, I also begin to write poetry. Most of my writings are spiritual and some are about my life. Some of my poems were printed in a book in 2012. Writing allowed me to get to know me; honestly, it saved me.
I have always said that God brought me to Douglasville because here I became the mother of many others that seem to be lost and needed a little guidance and support. Though it is not official, I consider my home a group home for boys. There have been many to come through my doors.
In April 2011, I began giving away one shoe box and did so for the next 5 months in downtown Atlanta homeless area. I had no intention of starting a charity organization but in October 2011, I was led to call the IRS for information on how to start a non-profit organization.
Thereafter, Heart-Full of Faith Foundation was created to help meet the needs of my brothers and sisters that are less fortunate. Through our organization, we have fed over 3,500 people and have helped over 15 families during the holidays since we started offering our services. We have also provided diapers and milk to single mothers.
Our future goals include opening a shelter in Douglasville, a group home for boys and girls and assist struggling nursing homes. We will fulfill our mission of helping those in need.”
Join Hosts Celeste Duckworth, Dr. Gail Hayes, Patricia Bodry, and Norm with guest Valerie Champion for Women On The Rise.