Who We Are
Serenity Outreach is a non-profit 501(c)(3), community-based organization in the Tampa Bay area dedicated to changing the face of social services by providing therapeutic and evidence-based support, programs and assistance to individuals, families and communities in need.
"When we lose sight of our humanity, we lose sight of our purpose."
- S. Burr, CBT, MSW, Founder and Executive Director
Serenity Outreach was created out of a passion to serve while promoting self-sufficiency. The focus? To help build, educate, and empower each person encounter by Sharmaine Burr.
Having grown up in a single-parent household, Sharmaine empathizes and identifies with the needs, wants, and desires of others. She believes that lives can be changed through a holistic approach and is keenly dedicated to the welfare of clients, their families and community at large.
"I became a Social Worker for two reasons: I have a natural propensity to talk and listen to people therapeutically and I enjoy helping people transform."
- S. Burr, Founder and Executive Director
Sharmaine's accomplishments and experiences make her more than qualified for the challenges ahead. She has more than a decade of experience in social services, serving the Tampa Bay area. Her educational accomplishments include obtaining an Associates in Science (AS) degree in the field of Counseling and Human Services from Hillsborough Community College, Associate in Arts (AA) at Saint Leo University, and a Bachelors as well as a Masters degrees in Social Work (BSW, MSW) at Saint Leo University.
Sharmaine is also a Certified Life Coach, Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Certified Crisis Intervention (NOVA). Certified Mindfulness Provider, Certified Trainer Bridges out of Poverty, Certified as Volunteer Management and Certified Notary Public Signing Agent.
Sharmaine continues to be recognized for her leadership within the community:
2016 Brandon Chamber of Commerce Leadership
2016 Family Advocate of the Year
2017 Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges nominee
2017 National Association of Social Work (NASW-FL) Student of the Year.
Sharmaine currently sits on the National Association Social Work (NASW) Board as an active member.