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Walker Honors Domestic Violence Prevention Activist Portia Shipman as Community Hero of the Month

March 26, 2018
Press Release

GREENSBORO, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) recently honored Greensboro’s Portia Shipman as the Sixth District Community Hero of the Month for March 2018.  

Each month, Rep. Walker awards a constituent, business, or organization in his district for displaying extraordinary acts of service and for making a difference in the lives around them.

A video of the ceremony, which took place at the soon-to-open Purple Door House in Greensboro can be viewed here:



Portia Shipman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Inc. After losing the life of her dear friend Sherri in 2006, Ms. Shipman created the organization on June 26, 2008 to help victims of domestic violence reclaim their lives by breaking free from domestic abuse and educating the community in hopes to save lives. 

Since then, the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation has expanded its vision and goals. They have had hundreds of people participate in their programs and have reached thousands through public awareness campaigns, as well as through their website. For 9 years she has dedicated herself to saving the lives of women, one life at a time. 

Shipman also opened her home to a family seeking refuge from Hurricane Irma last year. 

“Facing hardship and the loss of a friend, Portia decided to make a difference and has since reached thousands,” Walker said. “Having spent years in ministry and offering counseling to survivors, I know how critical education and prevention of domestic abuse is. By letting women know they have options to break free of abuse and that a safe place can be found through her program, Portia is saving lives in our community.”

Walker presented Shipman with a certificate and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol.