Mrs. Portia L. Shipman, Founder/Executive - recognized in Greensboro, North Carolina as a community, advocate, leader, activist and entrepreneur extraordinaire. Portia is the former CEO of Reliable Home Care Services, LLC, and Owner, Ms. Queen's Party Bus & Touring, both successful corporations in Greensboro.
Shipman founded the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Inc. (SDJF) in 2008, and has led as its Executive Director, since. In 2010, she was the very first recipient of the Women to Women Grant of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. She is a member of the Guilford County Consortium, the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and is the recipient of several community awards and recognitions. Shipman was sought by the City of Greensboro and Mayor Nancy Vaughn to co-host the first ever, "Choose Peace Greensboro" Initiative Rally in 2018.
In March 2018, Congressman Mark Walker honored Shipman with the Community Leader of the Month Award for her service. A flag was flown at the U.S. Capitol in her honor. She speaks on domestic violence, gun violence, and peace in the community. While she is known as the voice for the voiceless, Shipman, herself, survived domestic violence in two previous marriages. She's newly married for the fourth time in 2016. She's a proud mother of four adult children and a grandmother eight beautiful grant children ranging from 1 to 20 years old.
Serving the mission and vision of the foundation is her purpose. Our mission is to prevent and stop domestic violence by creating awareness and offering preventative tools within communities on the local, state and national level.
Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Inc. (SDJF) - a 501(c)3 non-profit organization was founded on June 26, 2008, on behalf of Sherri's mother, Clara Jackson, who hoped no mother would experience the pain of losing a daughter to domestic violence, as she did. The foundation is committed to helping survivors and victims of domestic violence heal, and live trauma-free. Through generous donations, the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation provides programs and emergency shelter for victims and survivors, free of charge. The Vision of the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation is to create a safe environment where domestic violence victims, survivors and their families are loved and treated with respect. We seek to erase the stigma connected to domestic violence in our society.
Sherri's untold story of “Passion Turned Deadly” first aired on TV One’s Fatal Attraction, January 8, 2018. The story was also featured on Oxygen, Buried in the Backyard “Tangled Web” first aired on May 27, 2019. And most recently, her story premiered on Investigation Discovery Network on June 11, 2020, Dead Reckoning “Hidden Evil” The foundation is dedicated to saving the lives of women, men, and children, including members and veterans of the armed forces, one life at time.