Tamara Charles is Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Sisters In Charge, a nonprofit organization for battered women with children
based out of Georgia, that gives women a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Ms. Charles takes her
vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development.The mission of Sisters In Charge is to provide a safe shelter, and
a variety of educational, recreational and social services to address the essential and changing needs of the families in Georgia
and surrounding communities. Ms. Charles, who was Born in Port Au Prince, Haiti, came into the U.S in 1986, at the age of five years
old. She was raised in Lynn, MA and Brooklyn, NY. She is the daughter of Carol and William Charles. Ms. Charles is the oldest out of
four sisters and two brothers, all of whom she cared for while both parents worked to make ends meet.
Ms. Charles has a set of twins (boy and girl ages 19) who are now in college, as well as a 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son, all of whom whom she raised as a single mother. Despite being a single mom and working two jobs, Ms. Charles also worked hard to further her own education. She attended Marian Court College, where she obtained an Associates in Science in 2011, and a BS in Business Administration, with a minor in Health Care Management in 2014. She is currently working towards her MBA in Health Care Human Services with minor in nonprofit organization, from Strayer University.
Tamara Charles is a survivor of domestic violence and is currently living with multiple sclerosis. Her personal experiences allow her to understand the physical and psychological barriers that prevent many women from leaving their abusers. Ms. Charles also understands the potential fatal nature of domestic abuse, which makes seeking assistance imperative. By providing, a home where battered women and their children may seek temporary shelter, Ms. Charles hopes to help these women understand they are not alone. Her shelter will be designed to provide a safe space where victims may share their stories and meet other survivors to support them in their journey. Additionally, she hopes to provide these women with resources to help them gain control over their lives.
“I'm not ashamed of telling my story. The more I talk about it, the stronger it makes me feel and the more I want to live. Since deciding to create this organization, many women I know have shared their stories with me. I never in a million years would have imagined being a victim of domestic violence.I am proud that I made it comfortable enough for these women to reach out to me. We (women) need to learn how to hold each other’s hand and empower one another. Let's teach one another how to love ourselves. It all starts with self-love. It shouldn't take a man to tell you how beautiful you are, or to make you feel worthwhile. You will never find peace and love in a relationship if you don’t first love yourself.”