Sharon Groves is the founder and Executive Director of YESS! of Charles County Inc. She is a Native New Yorker who has made her residence in Charles County for the last 22 years, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Technology from the University of the District of Columbia. Ms. Groves attended The U.S. Coast Guard Training Center and is a disabled veteran having honorably served her country.
In 2006, Sharon founded YESS! of Charles County, (re-established as YESS! in 2016), to address the social needs of children at risk in Charles County. Her past experience as a Federal Grants Reviewer/Writer, Non-Federal Peer Program Monitor for Family Youth Services Bureau in Washington, Program Director for Friends Indeed Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program at Center for Children in LaPlata, MD, Substitute Teacher for Charles County Public Schools and her passion for youth afforded her the knowledge and desire to provide supportive services for youth.
Sharon is a multitasker with many gifts. In addition to her work with YESS!, she is a commercial and residential electrician, a jewelry designer and she paints murals. Her work includes pieces made for ENESCO, Royal Priesthood African Dance Group, Ebenezer African Methodist Church, and Minister Ricky Dillard, Grammy and Steller Awards recipient.
Ms. Groves is affectionately known to many as Mama Sharon, to her two brilliant and handsome sons, Salih and Stepfan as Mom, and to her two grandchildren, Sydney and Chance as Grandma.
Joyce Little is the Fiscal Director of YESS! An Enrolled agent (or EA) is a tax advisor who is a federally authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Enrolled agents represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state revenue agencies for tax issues including audits, collections and appeals.
My dream has always been to bring world class tax advisory services to main street communities where we live, work and recreate. A truly modern 21st century firm where we are able to leverage technology to enhance the lives of our clients, employees and business partners.
Jacqueline Younger became homeless at age 18. Once homeless her life quickly spiraled out of control. After experiencing homelessness, rape, memories of childhood molestation, prostitution, crack/ PCP addiction and domestic violence Jacqueline found herself in a state of becoming suicidal. But God had a plan; Jacqueline discovered her real identity and became a business steward for 12 years. She knew that was not the end of the story. Her pain became her passion. She has spent years and countless hours volunteering, working, speaking and pouring into the lives of downtrodden individuals and the organizations that serve them.
Jacqueline’s life’s purpose is to assist people who are currently experiencing or is overcoming a temporary state of stolen identity into taking back what is rightfully theirs. What others consider as obstacles, Jacqueline now views as opportunities for spiritual, personal and professional growth. Jacqueline was recognized as one of DMV 100 Metro Phenomenal Women 2015 “for her creative vision and exploration of ways to make a difference within the DC metro area”. She has three adult servants and seven grand servants who calls her blessed. Jacqueline knows that she is the branch and that God is the Vine….and without Him she can do absolutely nothing but wither away.
Haneen Khalaifeh is a proud Palestinian and daughter of two wonderful parents who not only sacrificed their lives to provide all the good the world has to offer, but because of privilege and blessings allowed her to choose a career path to serve those who have been disadvantaged, oppressed, and underprivileged through life’s unfortunate circumstances and ongoing social injustices.
She has been in the field of social work for five years and is currently finishing a Masters in the field. After completing her Masters, she desires to pursue a doctoral degree in social work.
Haneen specializes in forensic social work as well as mental health practice in social work. She has worked in different settings such as corrections, probation, outpatient mental health clinics, Disability administration, and has worked with all age groups starting from young children to middle aged adults, to the geriatric population.
She hasn’t forgotten about her Palestinian roots let alone the continuous illegal occupation of Palestinian peoples.
Haneen’s goal is to address social problems in Palestine such as poverty, unemployment, women’s rights, illegal child and adult incarceration, substance abuse, and peoples living with disabilities through collaborating with Palestinian service workers as well as implementing policies to achieve best outcomes for the stated social problems.
Ms. Dittimus is a graduate of HBCU Benedict College in Columbia South Carolina and is currently studying for her master’s degree in secondary teaching. Since 2003 Ms. Dittimus has been working with children and youth in Maryland which included daycares, middle schools and high schools. Currently she is teaching Biology at Drew-Freeman Middle School in Suitland Maryland. Ms. Dittimus is very passionate about helping to develop the minds of our young people. She wants young people to know that they can grow up in poverty, they can even grow up homeless, however that does dictate their future.
Mr. Salih Ammaad Asani Groves serves as Youth Liaison and an Information Tech for YESS! of Charles County Inc. After graduating from Washington Mathematics, Science, and Technology Public Charter School in Washington D.C., Salih went on to study Political Science at Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia. Subsequently, Salih served his county, with distinction, as a Paralegal Specialist in The United States Army National Guard.
As a young man, Salih’s interest in equality for the disenfranchised was evidenced in his community volunteerism and advocacy for the homeless and disenfranchised. He would always speak for those with no voice and protect his classmates when victimized by bullies.
Salih is known to have an “old soul”, with the spirit of Malcolm X. He is a master drummer and composer, and a literary genius with several written works in his repertoire.
Mrs. Sedria L. Wilson currently serves as the Early Childhood Program Manager for District of Columbia Public Schools. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling.
Sedria also serves as the Mental Health Director at SONYA’S HOUSE. She has been working in the mental health field for over 15 years. Early on in her career, she served as a Crisis Intervention Counselor for Prince Georges County Department of Social Services, a Family Care Worker at Father Flanigan’s Home for Children, Mental Health Counselor at Southern Maryland Hospital, a mentor, tutor, and even a 9th grade High School English teacher for Charles County Public Schools…..just to name a few.
Mrs. Wilson has always had a passion for working with children and families, and continues to work hard on a daily basis to ensure their needs are being met. She has dedicated her entire professional career to work with the most vulnerable families in need.
Sedria is a wife and mother of two; Ladybug -who is 5 years old, and Trenton- who is 14 years old. She’s a multifaceted woman who enjoys learning, reading, shopping, listening to music, going to the movies, and spending time with her family.
Mr. David Hill currently serves as a House Monitor at SONYA’S HOUSE. He worked as a Fire Inspector and Building Code Analyst for 9 years in the city of Hyattsville, Maryland, and is currently working as the Assistant to the Family Services Team for D.C. Public Schools.
Mr. Hill has dedicated his gifts and training to improving the lives of youth at risk as a para-professional at High Roads Academy. His work includes teaching life-skills, coaching, and mentoring adjudicated youth. Mr. Hill is a huge sports and outdoors fan and hopes to bring new and exciting activities to SONYA’S HOUSE!