About Community Touch
We touch the lives of people in our community by providing transitional housing, practical tools and helpful resources to all to achieve self-sufficiency.
Our vision is to be an outreach arm of strength and support to the less fortunate in the community, to improve the lives of those that are affected by adversity, and to empower the less fortunate with life-changing skills for future success.
Twenty years ago, the Champion family had several buildings that were not in use on 20 acres of property owned by the True Deliverance Church of God. These buildings had been part of the Victory Drug Center that was opened decades earlier as a spiritual restoration and residence for those seeking healing from their addiction to drugs. The Champions had a vision to continue the work that Felicia Champion’s father had started and to renovate the buildings to further help the community. Community Touch, Inc. began in these buildings to offer ministry and outreach to the local community.
In November 2001, Community Touch opened Clara’s Faith House Food Pantry to help feed the hungry. In May 2003, it opened Victory Transitional Housing, which has the capacity to house up to 40 homeless people. In October 2004, Noah’s Ark was opened on the same campus to provide free clothing, furniture and household items to those in need. Community Touch responded to needs in the community and filled a void as one of the only homeless shelters in the County, and the only nonprofit in the area meeting so many specific needs in so many tangible ways.
In April 2009, Community Touch opened its first retail store to raise funds to support the other outreach programs. Noah’s Ark Thrift Store began in a shopping center in Bealeton to meet the needs of low to middle income community members who sought to purchase affordable furniture and clothing. All proceeds from the retail store benefitted the mission and vision of Community Touch. That retail store eventually relocated to Marshall.
Dr. T. Tyronne & Felicia Champion lead with compassion and have a passion to fulfill the purpose and mission of Christ by helping, serving and loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.
Today, all outreach missions of Community Touch are working hard and thriving to serve our local communities.
A Mother's Story
A mother and her two children had been homeless for several years. Some of her children were placed into foster care, because of bad choices the mother admitted to making. This mother came to Victory Transitional Housing (VTH) feeling hopeless, sad, and rejected because of a lack of support. She was extremely sensitive, insecure and negative towards life. She seldom smiled and she cried a lot. She was unemployed at the time and had a lot of debt. Upon entering the VTH program, this mother was assigned a financial mentor. The mentors work with the residents to help them meet their personal financial goals and teach money management as well as saving and debt reduction practices. The mother obtained employment, developed a budget for the first time, and paid off some of her debt.
Her accomplishments put a smile on her face, and she had hope again. After several months, this mother was approved for permanent housing for her and her children. Community Touch helped her family move into their new home and provided household items from Noah’s Ark Outreach. During a follow-up call, the mother informed CTI that she and her children are doing well. She expressed gratitude for all of the help that she received at Victory Transitional Housing.
A Father's Story
A single father and his two children became homeless after a bad separation from his wife. He and his children were sleeping on the floor in the back room at his place of employment. A customer noticed that the children were always with the father at work. The customer told the father about the Victory Transitional Housing program at CTI. Shortly after, the father and his two children moved into the VTH program. The VTH case worker discovered that the children had serious underlying emotional issues, such as abandonment, rejection, and anger, after the mother left the home. The father was very depressed as well. A service plan was put in place to get the necessary counseling support that they all needed.
Unfortunately, the father lost his job. The case worker revamped his service plan and found him some helpful community resources such as the DARS program (which is a vocational rehabilitation service) and free daycare at Caring for Angels which is located on the CTI and VTH campus. This single father was determined to raise his children, go to school and find a job - against all odds. After extended stay in the VTH program, the father felt that he was ready to move out on his own. The VTH case worker found affordable housing for him and his children. The VTH also helped him with a security deposit and the first month’s rent. CTI helped him to move his family into their new home and provided household items from Noah’s Ark Outreach. The father and his children are doing well and are grateful for the services that Community Touch was able to provide to their family.
Board of Directors
Dr. T. Tyronne Champion
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Tyronne is the Co/Founder and currently serves as the Executive Director for Community Touch, Inc. Tyronne has worked in the banking and real estate industry for more than 20 years, he also worked as a fundraiser for 14 years. He is the Senior Pastor of True Deliverance Ministries Bealeton the founding church that assisted in the formation of Community Touch. Read More...
Co-Founder and Program Director
Felicia Champion grew up in Capital Height Maryland with her father and mother and 7 siblings. In 1983 she moved to Alaska where she, her husband and four children lived for 14 years. Felicia worked in banking for over 20 years as a manager, quality control specialist and the corporate banking – liaison. She currently has a bachelor’s degree in Ministry and Human Service from Liberty University. Read More...
Felicia Champion is the Co Pastor of True Deliverance Ministries, and Co founder of Community Touch Inc. (CTI) located in Bealeton VA., along with her Husband, Tyronne Champion.
Community Touch Inc. is a non-profit organization that helps homeless families in the local and surrounding communities. Felicia and her husband currently operate the Victory Transitional Housing facility which provides shelter for the homeless, Clara’s Faith House Food Pantry, Noah’s Ark Outreach that distributes free clothing furniture, appliances and household items and two Thrifts stores in Bealeton and Marshall VA.
CTI motto is simple, “Touching Lives One Day at a Time”. The organization has been an advocate for those who are less fortunate in our community.
Mark was born and reared in Lockport, New York, moving to Virginia in 1981, and to Warrenton in 1988. After a career in DC for 34 years in marketing services and business support, Mark retired and began writing grant proposals for a few smaller nonprofits, joining the board of Community Touch in 2019. Mark is married with three grown children now out on their own.
Jeannie was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. She moved to Northern Virginia in 1987 and has resided in Fauquier County since 1999. She is a graduate of Strayer University and received her CPA designation in 2006. She worked in corporate accounting initially and then moved into the public accounting field. In 2018, she started her own firm Dempsey & Company CPAs, PC. Jeannie lives with her husband and teenage daughter. Jeannie joined the board of Community Touch in 2017. She enjoys the outdoors and taking trips in her RV.
Alvin Dillings, J.D., is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), who served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Following his discharge from the USAF, Alvin entered the private practice of law in Denver, CO, and Colorado Springs, CO. Honoring a promise made to his mother to work in community service, Alvin served ten (10) years as a Legal Aid Attorney in Denver, CO, representing indigent clients in federally-subsidized housing issues (evictions and foreclosures), bankruptcies, and homelessness prevention.Read More...
Wendy was born and raised in Marshall, Virginia, and is a 10th generation Virginian. As a commercial relationship manager for the Fauquier Bank, Wendy’s passion is helping our local community thrive and prosper. She is a graduate of the Virginia Bankers’ Association School of Bank Management, and 2020 marks her 30th year of working in the banking industry. Wendy enjoys spending time with her family, most of whom live on family property just outside of Marshall. Read More...
Nancy was born in Chicago and graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Management. She’s lived all over the country and has always worked with commercial mortgage companies tied to the GSE’s where affordable housing is in the forefront. While in Cleveland, she headed up fundraising events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (65 Roses Club). For the Lupus Foundation, she orchestrated fundraising walks in Dallas, Dayton, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. Read More...
With a background in marketing and event planning, Robin Garbe moved to northern Culpeper in 2002 for the equestrian community and found a whole new world. She soon became a Realtor with Long & Foster in Warrenton and has been active in the local real estate market for over 17 years. In 2018, she was looking for a way to help with homelessness in the area, and discovered Community Touch online. Read More...
After volunteering to help with Christmas gifts at Victory Transitional Housing, she so impressed with all that CTI was accomplishing in the community, Robin joined the board in 2019. She especially enjoys helping with fundraising, marketing and special events. When she isn't working, Robin enjoys her horses, hiking with her dog, gardening, reading, yoga and spending precious time with family and friends. She is a proud "Hokie", and attends church at Little Fork Episcopal Church.
Cathy moved with her husband and four children from Minnesota to Warrenton in 1996. She spent years volunteering at her children’s schools, with a Boy Scout Troup, and at her church. Cathy started volunteering for Community Touch about 10 years ago, helping mostly with fundraising. She became a board member in March of 2017. The focus of her life has been and still is on helping better her community and serving her family. She and her husband Tom are very active in their church, enjoy traveling together, and spending time with their kids.
"I was born at an early age...just kidding. Raised in Northern Va., graduated from Thomas Jefferson H.S., played a lot of ball sports, got a B.S. from Cornell University, Masters in Counseling from George Mason University, worked at Fairfax Co. Schools for 7 years, started a painting company, raised, with my wife Terry of 47 years, 6 children and have tried to be a follower of Jesus Christ ever since I was introduced to Him through Young Life in 1969. I hope to contribute to the good work of Community Touch and recruit others to do likewise."