In all aspects of her life, Sharron is a champion for families. In 2012, she was named that by the CT Council of Family Service Agencies.
As lead family support specialist for The Village’s Intensive Family Preservation and Reconnecting Families programs, she works with families to help them keep their children in their care or in cases where a child has been removed, to reunify them. These programs are very successful. In 2012, 78 percent of families remained together through the family preservation program.
Sharron has become an expert in violence against women (particularly sexual and physical violence) and the role of spirituality in fostering resilience.
Before joining The Village in 2007, Sharron provided counseling to offenders and their families through Families in Crisis, as well to adolescent girls in Hartford juvenile detention centers.
As a certified volunteer counselor for the Prudence Crandall Center and Sexual Assault Crisis Services of greater Hartford and New Britain, she provided services to battered women.
She also serves as the director of Quality Life Ministries at the Citadel of Love, and is a founder and facilitator of a women’s empowerment group called S.H.A.R.E. (Sister’s Healing, Affirming, Revealing and Empowering).
Sharron earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Wesleyan University and is working on a master’s in education, marriage and family therapy from Cambridge College.
What is your mission at The Village?
I empower families. I help them believe in their ability to live safe, healthy and productive lives despite the barriers they face.
I want to aid in the understanding of the impact of trauma…not just early childhood trauma, but also trauma that many adult women, who are victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse and harassment, face on a daily basis. I want their voices to be heard so that we at The Village can empower them to deal with their sometimes invisible wounds and be the parents they are capable of being.
What quote best captures your philosophy?
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I am an arts and crafts junkie – everything from crocheting to candle-making. I design my own awareness T-shirts, which I wear to spark conversations about violence against women in the most unusual public places, like the airport.
What do you most want clients of The Village to know about you?
I believe in second chances. Whether they have a history with the Department of Correction or Children and Families, I work with them without judgment. And for those who allow me to come into their homes, I feel privileged to sit at their tables, honored to support them as they support their children, and hopeful about their ability to one day make my job unnecessary.