Hometown Hero: Angela and Michael Todd

By: Anna Smithson Email
By: Anna Smithson Email

Molding the youth of America is a very important and delicate task.
This week's Hometown Heroes are helping our young people by providing residential assistance to youth from all over the state.

Angela and Michael Todd previously worked in other positions with young people across the south.

"We wanted to bring something into the twenty-first century - we wanted them to come into a home, style-reality version," said Michael, who started Kinder Haven Group Home.

The couple's dream is to keep children out of a clinical setting and place them into a home setting.

"Working in the community - that's where the kids needs to be - in the community, respecting the community," Michael said.

With a lot of hard work and a full staff, their dream came true in the form of a residential assistance home called Kinder Haven.

"... Keeping the youth actively involved and appreciating the life to live, because a lot of thing out there are awful," Michael explained, is what he strives to give to the children.

Angela and Micheal didn't have any children of their own, but they don't feel like they're missing out.

"We get cards for Father's Day. Mother's Day, the kids wrote these cards," Michael explained.

Angela feels she's getting more from this experience then she's giving.

"We come here to help improve their lives, but in a sense they also are improving ours," Angela said.

Resident supervisor, Jeff McIntosh, who has been with Angela and Michael since the opening in 1999, said their drive is unlike anything he has ever experienced.

"Their compassion for everyone is seen in everyday life," McIntosh said.

"I'm just doing what's right. You wake up in the morning, go to work and do what's right," Michael said.

Angela and Micheal said they couldn't imagine doing anything else besides working with the kids at their residential assistance home.

They enjoy their holidays with the girls who they say are family.


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