Inclusive GR talent show helps everyone shine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A toe-tapping talent show held on the southeast side of Grand Rapids Wednesday was less about the performances and all about the performers.

Fifteen young adults with special needs flexed their skills on the Wealthy Theatre stage, performing in “Capernaum’s Got Talent.”

Capernaum, a program within the nationwide Young Life ministry, works with students and young adults with diverse abilities.

“The confidence that comes out of that is life changing for some of these youth and for their parents and families,” said Ashley Havenmeier, the program’s northeast Grand Rapids coordinator. “It's really impactful.”

Katie VanOeveren, 23, has Down syndrome, but that’s only one part of her life. She’s passionate about singing, track and field and working.

“I can do anything impossible,” she told 24 Hour News 8.

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