Community Awareness Center Opens In Greensboro

by Terry Watson | July 11th, 2014
Portia Shipman (Photo by Still Shot Photography)

Portia Shipman (Photo by Still Shot Photography)

In celebration of the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Inc. 6th year anniversary, the foundation is proud to present the opening of The Community Awareness Center. The center opened on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 2200 East Market Street, Suite C, Greensboro, NC.

The Community Awareness Center, which is sponsored by Ms.

, whose lifelong dream is to help others. “I wanted to name it the “Portia’s Help Center”, but I was not sure it would be appropriate. So after tossing it back and forth in my head, community awareness sounded better” said Shipman. The center will provide space and other resources for the community such as a virtual office for individuals interested in starting a business and space for private meetings with potential clients. The center has a conference room large enough for meetings of 10 to15 individuals. Reservations are required to secure meetings. The center will also house all of the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation programs, and serve as a key place to integrate information to bring people together in order to meet the needs of the community.

  • No More Trayvon Program for young males age 11 to 17;
  • WE Monthly Group Sessions for Empowering Women;
  • Loss Loved One’s Wall of Remembrance and Remember Me Program Sessions;
  • 50B Protection Order Clinic;
  • and in the future a 24 hour Hotline & Transportation Services

In addition, the open house and candlelight vigil of The Community Awareness Center featured a balloon release, a tour of the center, and music was provided by singer/songwriter/producer/recording engineer, Justin “The BeLoved” Dorsey. He overjoyed the crowd with beautiful songs with his guitar, refreshments were served and there was a lot of socializing, and more. The opening was honored to have in its presence some distinguished guest:

  • Keynote Speaker: Marche Clarke, Advocate and Former Executive Director of NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV)
  • Monica Gauthier, Founder/Executive Director of the KEYA Foundation
  • Marilyn Poole, Mother of the late Shalonda Poole (Beware of Sex Offenders)
  • Cynthia Foust, Victim/Survivor
  • Danny Rogers, Board Advisor
  • Viola Fuller, Family Services of Piedmont, (Shelter Services)

On June 26, 2008, Portia Shipman, founded the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Inc. (SDJF) along with her twin daughters, Terri and Torri Johnson. The foundation was founded to help victims of domestic abuse reclaim their lives by breaking free from domestic abuse and to educate the community in hopes to save lives. Since then, the foundation has expanded its vision and goals. It has had hundreds of people participate in their programs and it has reached thousands through public awareness campaigns, as well as through their website, The nonprofit is a 501(c) (3) organization and all donations are accepted and appreciated.

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