Close-up: Karen Fox, leader of the The Chosen Ministry, Norfolk
Karen Fox does a lot of volunteer work and closest to her heart is The Chosen Ministry.
The nonprofit’s mission is to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, “providing safe, nurturing, Christian social clubs for those with challenges to learn that God loves them and that everyone has gifts to share in their communities,” Fox said in an email.
There are groups in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, plus joint events like summer camp at the Triple R Ranch.
Fox got involved with the Norfolk ministry six years ago because of her daughter, Mika, 25, who has Down syndrome.
The group meets for dinner and activities two or three times a month on Monday nights at Azalea Baptist Church. The church and the ministry are separate entities, though some parishioners volunteer at the meetings.