Advocates for Change LLC is a Guardianship Agency. We advocate for disabled adults including the elderly, Veterans, mentally ill, those with substance use disorders and developmental disabilities.  We work for private entities, county and state agencies.  We accept those adjudicated incompetent by the Courts and vulnerable persons in need of support and services.  Once contracted, our relationship begins and our agency becomes their surrogate decision-maker. We make decisions to ensure the health, safety and well-being of these individuals who reside in the community or at a higher level of care including group homes, family care homes, assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities. Our fiduciary duty is to act solely for the individual with loyalty and integrity and to prevent exploitation. Our Guardianship Services help individuals have a fuller capacity for exercising their rights. We provide ongoing follow-up and assessment of the disabled adult’s status to determine continued needs. Restoration of rights is a goal, when appropriate.  We work with the judicial system, medical and mental health communities. We seek services such as Special Assistance In-Home, Day Support programs, authorize services, implement service plans, monitor an individual's ability to remain in the community safely, make appropriate community referrals, and monitor services. We designate a Payee Representative and provide financial oversight. We utilize a team approach to support and empower the individual served.   

We love serving and advocating for you!

MEET YOUR GUARDIAN ADVOCATES

Képe D Harrison

Owner/Administrator

Guardian Advocate

Képe D Harrison is a Registered Guardian.  Képe is not your typical Guardian Advocate.  Képe goes the extra mile to ensure she is meeting the needs of the individuals entrusted to her.  Képe LOVES people!  

Képe was awarded GUARDIAN OF THE YEAR in 2014 by the North Carolina Guardianship Association.

Tracye E. Hampton

Executive Assistant

Tracye Hampton is vital to the smooth operation of the office.  Tracye supports the Guardian Advocates and keeps us organized.  Tracye completes the court documents to file and qualify individuals to be represented by Advocates for Change LLC. Tracye is our go to gal!

We thank Tracye for volunteering her time each week.

Leslie G. Hampton 

Guardian Advocate Supervisor

Meet Leslie Hampton who is coming out of retirement to help her baby sister's business soar!  Leslie (or P'nut  as she is lovingly called) worked at a New York State Psychiatric Hospital for 35 years.  P'nut brings a plethora of experience and expertise in  the field of mental health. P'nut was very active with her patients and enjoyed the sheltered workshops she taught as well as her years of counseling patients.  She is surely an asset to the team!


Elijah Sheppard, III is a seasoned Guardian Advocate with many years of experience in the industry.  Elijah came out of retirement to make a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve.  Elijah empowers individuals to learn about themselves and take care of themselves to handle life on life's terms and have their rights restored to ultimately have a good quality of life. 

This could be you!

Your name can go here! 

Guardian Advocate 

Elijah Sheppard, III is a seasoned Guardian Advocate with many years of experience in the industry.  Elijah came out of retirement to make a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve.  Elijah empowers individuals to learn about themselves and take care of themselves to handle life on life's terms and have their rights restored to ultimately have a good quality of life.