Our organization has a pretty incredible story and some amazing people working to keep everything up and running.
On this page you can learn more about our namesake, Sheron Ann Chattman, get a closer look at what we do, and meet our Founders/Officers and Board of Directors.
Sheron Ann Foundation was created in honor of Sheron Ann Chattman.
Born on March 28th, 1950 in Fort-Worth Texas, Sheron was a dedicated woman who always believed in taking care of family first. She raised, not only, her three biological children, but also three of her grandchildren and became a foster mother to displaced youth in the 1990s.
Sheron grew up in the south during the civil rights era, until eventually migrating to California in the 1970s. She is remembered by her family as a strong, fearless, and compassionate woman.
Being a domestic violence survivor, she knew domestic violence was something that happened to her, but did not have to define who she was as a person. She worked hard to not allow her experiences with trauma to control her personal narrative. Through the way she lived, she has inspired us to create opportunities for others to take back control of their own personal narrative.
Sheron taught us to strive for the best, even in the hardest of times. She reminds us that, though interpersonal & systemic trauma have a tremendous impact on the survivor, we are just that; survivors. Sheron taught us we are more than what our experiences say we are, and we are focused on helping others know the same.
SAF strives to redefine advocacy, by redesigning systems. We use a 2-pronged approach to support survivors of interpersonal & systemic trauma, while recreating systems that protect and support survivors in a trauma-informed way. Our programming focuses on two important areas: direct service and systemic trainings.
Sheron Ann Foundation offers a collection of direct service programs that are focused on meeting the essential needs of survivors of interpersonal & systemic trauma. Our programs provide suitcases for survivors escaping abuse, inclusive haircare kits for foster youth of color, financial guidance for sustainable living, and a domestic violence centered parenting support group.
SAF's systemic trainings are designed to support system representatives who work with survivors of interpersonal & systemic trauma. Coupling important issues such as racism, oppression, accountability and trauma-informed practices, we help system representatives identify areas in their speciality and advocacy that may not be supporting survivors in a safe way. We work together to help such representatives find ways they can redesign those areas to be more survivor centered and trauma-informed.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer