Wilmingtonian Sherita Jackson is the author of the award-winning poetry book, “Thoughts of a Butterfly” and owner of Scoopy Do’s Professional Pet Waste Removal Company. Because Wilmington is deeply ingrained in everything that Sherita Jackson does, she is this week’s #PeopleOfWilmDE. Read her story below.
“I was born and raised in Wilmington, DE. I lived over in eastern Wilmington and then moved to northern Wilmington when I was about 8 years old. I went to Red Clay School District: Warner Elementary School, Stanton Middle School & John Dickinson High School. I still remember my first job working at Burger King on Route 202 at the age of 16. I am currently living in the historic Trolley Square area which I love so much. I enjoy dining on the Riverfront, not to mention my niece and I go to Faerie Fest and the Ice Cream Festivals every year in Rockwood Park on Washington St. Extension.
Living in the areas where I grew up, I always found myself wanting more. I look at Wilmington as a mini-New York City. Wilmington is the financial back of Delaware. There is so much to be discovered and the opportunities are endless here; you just have to find them.
I’m a single mother of 3 boys who was living in low income housing. When you are living in those housing programs, you need to abide by their stipulations. I really felt stuck until I joined the Ross Program with Wilmington Housing Authority, where they helped me buy my first home.
That program really opened my eyes about a lot in my old community and what was expected from the residents. I go back to that community and speak at the housing meetings to tell them my story and let them know that there is a way out of state housing.
I’m also an advocate against physical and mental abuse because I am a survivor, which I talk about in my poetry book ‘Thoughts of a Butterfly’. I feel like people seeing a face like theirs who made it out helps them to believe they can, too. I try to inspire and encourage other single mothers to reach their dreams of buying a home. I can relate to what it is that they are going through because I lived it.
The one reason I started my business “Scoopy Do’s Professional Pet Waste Removal Company” was because I love helping people and animals. I make sure to go that extra mile for my clients because I believe ‘pets are people too’. The community is changing year-after-year.
Having a son with special needs, it was very important for me to keep that flexibility for him. Wilmington made it so easy for me to network and start my own business. Becoming a business owner in Wilmington was one of the proudest moments in my life. Also, being invited to speak at the HUD Envision Center grant announcement in February 2020 with Senator Coons & Mayor Purzycki was such a humbling moment for me.
My hopes are for Wilmington to heal. I know our city will recover from this pandemic; it has been rough for us all, but we are a strong little city. We can bounce back! My advice to anyone living here in Wilmington is please do not let your past define who you are and follow your dreams. Your life can only be how you make out to be.
It is such an honor to be nominated for this week’s #PeopleofWilmDE. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the last time you will be hearing my name and keep a look out for that Scoopy Do’s truck. We might be in your neighborhood!”