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our MISSION

Community Healing And Mental Health Project (CHAMP) is dedicated to fostering a community where conversations about mental health are encouraged, resources are easily accessible, and prioritizing healing takes center stage. Our commitment lies in advocating for change, dismantling stigma, and actively promoting healing within black and brown communities.​

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our VISION

To champion change, eradicate stigma, and actively foster healing within Black and Brown communities.

At CHAMP, we believe in the power of healing and mental well-being within black and brown communities. We are dedicated to breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health and creating a supportive space where individuals can share their stories, find resources, and connect with others who understand.

 

We understand that cultural and social barriers often prevent individuals from seeking help. That's why we are committed to addressing these barriers head-on and empowering our community to overcome the stigma associated with mental health challenges. Through education, awareness campaigns, and outreach programs, we aim to eliminate shame and misconceptions, making mental well-being a priority for all.

 

We also understand that healing is a personal journey. That's why we provide a range of resources to facilitate the healing process. From therapy referrals to self-care workshops, we equip individuals with the tools they need to embark on their healing journey. We promote holistic approaches to well-being, encouraging self-care, self-compassion, and resilience.

C.H.A.M.P. is not just about support; we are advocates for change. We work closely with policymakers, mental health professionals, and community leaders to influence policies that prioritize mental health resources and services within underserved communities.

-Lachelle goodrich, founder

Founder
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Lachelle Goodrich, an unwavering champion for her community, is not only a driven business owner and mental health educator but also an individual who genuinely cares for the well-being of others. Her heart finds true fulfillment in selflessly serving those around her, and she wholeheartedly strives to create a lasting, beneficial influence on the community she holds dear. With an unbreakable bond to her beloved family and cherished friends. Lachelle wholeheartedly embraces a life defined by love, continuous learning, and personal growth.

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BOARD MEMBERS
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Jeremy Strange is a champion for social change within our nonprofit organization. With an unwavering dedication to creating a positive impact in our community, Jeremy has served as a trusted consultant, offering invaluable insights and guidance to various nonprofit organizations. His expertise in strategic planning, fundraising, and governance has been instrumental in propelling the mission and vision of these organizations forward.  Jeremy's exceptional leadership abilities and talent for fostering collaborative relationships have been pivotal in driving meaningful change. As a board member, Jeremy is deeply committed to upholding transparency, accountability, and the highest ethical standards. His technical proficiency, analytical thinking, and unwavering passion for social justice make him an invaluable asset to our organization's pursuit of a more equitable and inclusive society.

JEREMY STRANGE, BOARD CHAIR
LAURIE JAMES

Laurie James, BSN, RN is the product of two generations of phenomenal women who advocated for women's, civil, and human rights across nine decades. A second career nurse, Laurie began her professional career as an HIV/AIDS educator at the Tarrant County Department of Public Health, where she helped launch the county's first HIV/AIDS prevention education programming. As a nurse, she has focused on attacking the public health threat and the stigma of tuberculosis in rural north Texas. She served as a school nurse in two districts, where she advocated for the needs of children and youth with special education and mental health needs. In her current practice, she focuses on the acute physical health and mental health needs of veterans. 

LAURIE JAMES, BSN, RN
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Sandra King is a seasoned health and human services professional with over 25 years of experience. She moved to Fort Worth, TX in 2009 and established Successful Organizational Solutions (S.O.S.), a consulting firm for local non-profits. Ms. King is a strong advocate for women's needs, driven by her personal struggles with bureaucratic systems. She played a significant role in developing public policy legislation and implementing welfare reform regulations in New Jersey. Her career began in Philadelphia, providing counseling services in the local community mental health system. She then directed services for women with HIV/AIDS, managed initiatives to reduce infant mortality, oversaw a breast and cervical cancer screening project, and managed the Sexual Assault Program. In her senior management role at the Department of Human Services, she served as Executive Assistant and supervised legal compliance officers. Ms. King holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Master's in Human Services from Lincoln University.

SANDRA KING
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Jeanette Martinez, a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, was born and raised in Fort Worth. She attended schools in the Fort Worth Independent School District and later pursued higher education at Tarrant County College. Jeanette went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Professionally, Jeanette serves as the Executive Administrator to Tarrant County Precinct One Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks. In this role, she focuses on administrative and constituent services, working to solve problems for constituents and stay informed about resources available to residents of Tarrant County. Jeanette is also actively involved in various nonprofits, including the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, Pathfinders, and Survive and Thrive Education. She also serves on several government boards and committees.  Jeanette has the distinction of being the first City Council member elected to represent Fort Worth's newly created District 11. She has also made history as the first Latina elected to serve on the Fort Worth City Council.  

JEANETTE MARTINEZ

Emmanuel Veal is a dedicated college student from Fort Worth, Texas, currently pursuing a degree in architecture at Prairie View A&M University. With a deep-seated passion for his family history and the rich cultural tapestry of his hometown, Emmanuel seeks to intertwine his academic pursuits with practical applications, specifically focusing on designing affordable housing. His goal is to initiate projects in Fort Worth before expanding his efforts abroad. Emmanuel also contributes a unique perspective on mental wellness, drawing insights from his experiences as a teen and young adult. This distinct viewpoint enriches his approach to both his studies and his community engagements.

EMMANUEL VEAL

Partners

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BRAVER TOGETHER
Unity Healing Camp
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