The teenage years are an important time of development and growth. These years provide opportunities to learn about life, discover new talents, and enjoy quality time with family and friends.
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The SHOR Team
Who are we?
We are a group of women, from various backgrounds and upbringings who share a love and passion for young people. We have demonstrated our love and passion by opening up the privacy of our own homes to nurture, house and help young girls, boys, young women and men escape helplessness, hopelessness and homelessness.
For years, we’ve given ourselves to others to help them overcome the odds by extending and lending ourselves, resourcing and abilities to help make life better for those in crisis.
While we have helped many throughout the years individually, we know together, we can make the difference on a larger scale as we unite as one TEAM, in one place, with one agenda, reaching and helping more children at one time, fostering a sense of family and community among our youth and young adults.
Kadovia S. Smith
Kadovia S. Smith, formerly Baublitz, is an ordained minister and the visionary for Sarah’s House of Refuge, Inc. (SHOR Ministries). She possesses an A.A. in Biblical Studies, B.A. in Theology and has recently become an Author of the book entitled "Between You & Me" which details the story of her life.
Founder, President/CEO & Author
LaJoyce Kelly Ray
LaJoyce Ray is a loving, kind, compassionate, loyal, faithful and supportive person with a passion for helping others, especially mentally and physically abused women. LaJoyce currently serves as the Vice President of the Christian Women's Ministry and the Advisor for the Daughters of Naomi Ministry at Friendship Baptist Church. LaJoyce holds an A.A and B.A in Business Administration and plans to pursue her MBA in the near future.
Vice President & Executive Director
Sierra Walker has dedicated her life to helping others, with a special interest in adolescent girls as they transition into adulthood. Having been a teenage mother herself, Sierra understands what it takes to stand amid the trials of life and uses her life as a witness to the transforming and sustaining power of God. Sierra’s witness is simply this, “You can make it with the help of God.”
Administrative Assistant & Director of Spiritual Innovations
Shaunell A. Moon
Shaunell A. Moon has dedicated her life to helping others, with a special interest in financial management. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Bowie State University in May of 2015. She is currently employed with Grant Thornton as a full time global public sector audit associate while also studying to become a certified public accountant. She plans to advance her education in the near future by pursuing a Master of Science in accounting as well.
Financial Officer I
Reverend Dr. Phyllis M. Addison
Rev. Dr. Phyllis Addison comes to SHOR as an active and faithful member of the Friendship Baptist Church, in Baltimore, MD, where she serves as the Assistant Pastor. Rev. Dr. Addison has a B.A. in Biblical Studies, Masters of Religious Education, Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Divinity. She is our very capable and well qualified Chief Financial Officer with 35+ years of experience in finance.
Chief Financial Officer
Dimetra Quarles is an entrepreneur, visonary and certified life coach who helps individuals transition from where they are to where they are destined to go. Empowering others to become the best version of themselves is her passion. Dimetra understands that permanent change begins with a transformation of the mind and to this end, she offers and facilitates a wide range of coaching programs, workshops and services. Her motto is, “Every new moment is a new opportunity; seize this moment, make a change for the better!”