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About Us

Who We Serve

SBIM serves vulnerable children and their families who face a wide variety of challenges on a daily basis.

Many lack space to call their own, with over half living in single family dwellings that house multiple family groups or non-relatives. The majority do not have the ability or financial opportunity to enroll in afterschool programs or extracurricular activities. Children often care for siblings or younger relatives in the absence of a parent or guardian.

Who We Are

SBIM is primarily a volunteer-run, dedicated group of volunteers who truly care and believe that together we have the power to change lives.

SBIM was founded in 2018 by a school counselor and a group of teachers and social workers in Herndon, Virginia. These professionals recognized an urgent and growing need to provide support to young girls in the community, many of whom were suffering as a result of poverty and trauma. Through the years, we have realized there is a deeper need to help the girls’ whole family unit within the community.

SBIM is a 501(c)(3) organization, EIN #83-1447190.

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Leadership Team

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Renee Gorman
Founder and President

As a mother of three daughters, helping children feel confident and have a healthy self-esteem has been Renee’s job for the last 25 years. As a School Counselor for 20+ years, Renee has been an advocate for children and is fueled by a passion to help children feel socially and emotionally strong. Prior to founding She Believes in Me, Renee worked with non-profit Code 3 Association to forge positive relationships between the police department and local at-risk communities. The success of this program was  featured in the Washington Post and Associated Press and helped inspire her to go further to address the emotional needs of young children in the community she witnessed daily through her work as a school counselor. Renee is a true believer in establishing a support system for young children to help them become confident and strong community members. Helping to empower children to live strong lives for a successful future is the reason Renee started She Believes in Me.
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Teri Taylor
Executive Director

Having spent over 20 years in the corporate world, she left it to focus on motherhood and a second career using her interpersonal and organizational skills to support those in need. She has a 20-year track record as an active, dedicated, and consistent volunteer for various organizations. Teri’s childhood family was exposed to too much, too young. It took a village to empower Teri’s family from their challenges, showing her that community support can make all the difference in a child’s life story, as it did with her. She is keenly aware that a child whose emotional and psychological needs are nurtured is more likely to have academic and social success. Teri is deeply passionate about She Believes in Me and the children and families they serve. She understands that even a smile can change a child’s day, and a warm blanket can feel like a hug for someone in need.
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Katie Connolly
Director, Events and Curriculum

Katie is a mother of three and believes in fostering strong connections with family and the community. She graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and has spent 18 years in legal placement, prior to that she worked in legal recruiting/event planning for over 8 years. Katie is dedicated to She Believes in Me by helping children grow to their fullest potential with the love and support they need. She started with She Believes in Me in 2020 as a Liaison, and this continues to be a large part of her family’s life as they have all helped with deliveries to families in need. Family is a top priority to Katie and in her free time she enjoys hiking with her husband, watching her daughter’s field hockey games, cheering on the CAPS, has a strong sense of faith, loves reading and spending time with close friends.

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Sarah Buttrey
Liaison Program Coordinator

After a career in the arts, with a focus on operations, sales, and event planning, Sarah left the workforce to take time to raise her two children. She was an active volunteer in their schools and activities through their high school years and is now using that time and energy to help vulnerable families in the Herndon community. She started volunteering for She Believes in Me in 2022 as an event mentor and office assistant and became the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator in 2023. Sarah helps organize summer camps, recruit volunteers, and assists in keeping things running smoothly. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, exercising, playing word games, and spending time with friends and family.

Community Partners

Thank you!

She Believes in Me works with community and corporate sponsors to help fund and / or supply items for our pantry, family liaison program, emotional support items, camps, and a myriad of other programs and events that support our local community. We often work together to do collection drives, packing events, and fundraising.

She Believes in Me has a strong support system in place with our community and corporate sponsors. We simply couldn't do what we do without their help and we are grateful for these important partnerships. If you would like to discuss how you can become a partner with She Believes in Me, please contact Teri Taylor, Executive Director at teri@shebelievesinme.org.


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How to Become a Community Partner

She Believes in Me is seeking to partner with other organizations that want to make a difference in the lives of young women through fundraising, development, strategic collaboration, events and volunteer engagement.

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