Champions of Tomorrow Inc. is 501(c)(3), Michigan not-for-profit, focused on supporting disabled and disadvantaged persons, veterans and seniors with mobility resources. The organization was founded to fill a need for increased access to education, healthcare, employment and participation in community life for the individuals who need it the most.
The most cited issues by individuals with disabilities preventing them from fully participating in economic and social life include:
• Limited access to transportation, including lack of a vehicle
• Difficulties with using public transit due to disability
• Lack of an individual support system
These issues underscore the need for more mobility resources and options in our community.
Champions of Tomorrow provides both reliable door-to-door service and supportive mobility programming in an effort to help individuals ultimately increase self-sufficiency and economic potential. Our specialized programming encourages individuals to be more active and independent members of society, providing much needed resources along the path to independence.
Our mission is to increase accessibility for individuals with mobility barriers in Southeast Michigan.
Our vision is to ensure that every individual has access to the resources they need to travel independently.
Our goals include:
- Facilitating a balanced transition from paratransit to public transit for individuals who are able to travel independently
• Providing access to job training and employment opportunities locally
• Improving access to preventative healthcare services for older adults
• Increasing access to civic engagement and advocacy opportunities for the most vulnerable individuals
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is full of inspiring and socially, civically engaged individuals who serve in various leadership roles.
Sherita Johnson, Founder/CEO
Sherita has worked in the transportation industry for over 10 years providing non-emergency transportation in the Metro Detroit area. Mrs. Johnson founded Champions of Tomorrow Inc. in an effort to increase access to education, employment and participation in community life for individuals with disabilities and disadvantaged persons.
Marguerite & Scarlett Maddox, Special Needs Advocacy
Marguerite is very involved in and around the local community as a volunteer and civically engaged special needs advocate. As a hearing-impaired individual, Marguerite is accompanied at all times by her loving service dog Scarlett. Marguerite recently received The Spirit of Detroit award for a decade of advocacy efforts aimed at increasing handicap accessibility in Detroit.
Jim Muir, Detroit SCORE
Jim is a native Detroiter, Marine Corps Veteran and currently serves as the Chapter Chair of SCORE Detroit. His educational background includes a BA from Michigan State University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Through SCORE, Jim supports small businesses with drafting business plans, acquiring start-up and operating funds, and long-term planning.
Tina Maddox, State of Michigan/Protective Services
Tina has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and over a decade of professional experience as a child welfare advocate. In her professional career, Tina provides assistance to Wayne County families by connecting parents and children to healthy and safe homes among other necessary resources.
Sheila Blanding, Nurse Practitioner
Sheila currently serves in an advocacy role supporting teenage moms. Sheila’s professional work includes connecting individuals with special needs to safe, quality housing.
Sanja Doakes, Purchasing Manager, MGM Grand
Sanja’s educational background includes Masters in Human Resource Management and most recently worked as a Purchasing Agent for The Detroit Medical Center and MGM Grand Detroit Casino. In 2019, Sanja retired after more than 44 years in the workforce and now dedicates her time to advocacy for seniors.
Champions of Tomorrow Inc.
19001 W. 8 Mile Road • Suite 109
Eastpointe, MI 48021