Shelia A. D. Hoffman is currently the Admin/cook at Tgol Community Youth Center in Dermott, Arkansas. She was the
Owner/Stylist of Blessings Hair Salon P.C. in Bellwood, IL for twenty year. She is a Parkdale, Arkansas
High School graduate, class of ’86. She married an Army soldier and moved to Erlangen, Germany, where she lived from
1987-1991. She move to Newport News, VA in 1991-1994. She were a stay at home wife and mother. In 1994 the US Army
relocate her family to Oklahoma City, OK, where she worked at Walmart as a cashier, sale floor associate, and night stocker for
1 year and 6 months. In 1996 she moved back home to Parkdale, Arkansas due to her home burning down. She attend Paramount
Beauty College in El Dorado, Arkansas where she attained her Cosmetology certification and her Arkansas cosmetologist license
in 1997. She moved to Bellwood, IL in that same year.
In 2000, she open Blessings Hair Salon in Bellwood, IL, presently celebrating 15 years of beauty success. She studied Real
Estate at Century 21 Lullo in Addison, IL and received an Illinois sale person license in 2002 and she worked real-estate until the
economy changed in 2012.
In December 2003, she felt lead by God to start collecting toys at her hair salon to give to varies local churches to help them with
their Toys for Joy giveaways to underserved children in the surrounding communities, this continued for 3 years. This was the seed for forming The Gift of Love.
In 2007, God gave her a vision to make the dreams come true of two special families by getting them what their hearts desired for Christmas. With the tremendous help and hearts of her faithful clients, she have been doing just that ever since.
In 2011, she enrolled in Triton Community College where she completed her studies with high honors an attained her A.A.S. in Business Management in 2015. After a successful tenure there she decided to continue on for a higher education, she is currently enrolled in National Louis University in Lisle, IL. She is currently studying for her Bachelor of Science in Management (B.S.) with a concentration in entrepreneurship. Ms. Hoffman has other entrepreneurial endeavors. She is currently the President of The Gift of Love, an Illinois nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization.
When Ms. Hoffman is not styling hair, inspiring others or tending to her other various business interest, she keeps in shape by engaging in athletics by working out regularly. Ms. Hoffman is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is a mother of 2 adult sons , a grandmother of 3 beautiful grandchildren.
Marvin J. Jones is currently employed as the Business Education & Vocational Technology instructor with South Arkansas Youth Services. He is a Dermott High School graduate, class of ’89, and completed his undergraduate
studies at Southern Arkansas University where he attended on a basketball athletic scholarship and attained his
B.A in Accounting in 1994. He went on from there to start his career as a Financial Advisor for Waddell & Reed
in Atlanta, GA, where he resided for 10 years. After a successful tenure there he decided to make a career and
scenery change and move back home to Arkansas to be closer to family.
Prior to his return, he furthered his education by enrolling in Mortuary school at Gupton-Jones School of Funeral
Service where he attained his A.S degree in Mortuary Science and is a Nationally Board Certified Mortician. He
did this so that he could return home and help manage Dillard Funeral Home. A business that has been in his
family for over 30 years. In addition to managing and operating a Funeral Home and teaching, Mr. Jones has
other entrepreneurial endeavors. He is the President of MJJ Holding’s, LLC, a multitier property management and services company that operates Executive VIP Transports limousine service.
When Mr. Jones is not teaching, consoling the bereaved or tending to his other various business interest, he keeps in shape and engaged in athletics by working as a basketball official and officiates high school, college and semi-pro games throughout Arkansas and surrounding states basketball season. Mr. Jones is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, INC and the Prince Hall Masonic Order, Ziff Lodge #119.
Staff Attorney, Center for Arkansas Legal Services, Pine Bluff, AR January 2015 - Present Case load consists of family law (divorces, guardianships, adoptions, and child custody), estate planning and advance directives (wills, living wills, healthcare proxy, and power of attorney), housing (evictions and housing authority administrative hearings), and consumer law (garnishment defense and contract cases)
Have represented over 220 clients.
Collaborate with legal and business teams.
Advise on legal and business matters.
Provide quality customer service to a diverse group of clients.
Lead negotiations for clients.
Represent clients in hearings and court.
Develop and maintain successful relationships with clients.
Review and prepare legal documents.
Housing Attorney, Legal Aid of Arkansas, Jonesboro, AR April 2013 - January 2015
Represented approximately 345 low-income clients that were dealing with evictions from private landlords, which involved housing authority administrative hearings and foreclosures on real property; Covered Poinsett County for Domestic Violence Orders of Protection.
Drafted and reviewed estate planning documents, including powers of attorney, last will and testament, healthcare proxy, and living will documents.
Interviewed clients, drafted complaints, filed lawsuits on behalf of the clients, and represented the clients in fair housing discrimination cases.
Represented clients in some family law matters, such as divorces and child custody and guardianship cases.
Delivered fair housing training to apartment managers and landlords.
Presented community outreach information to various groups of concerned citizens.
Investigator, Arkansas Fair Housing Commission, Little Rock, AR November 2011 – April 2013
Investigate fair housing discrimination complaints by gathering evidence (including but not limited to neighborhood surveys and reviewing respondent’s records) as a neutral third-party fact-finder.
Act as conciliator and interviewer during open complaints.
Draft reports based on findings, which assist the director in complaint decisions.
Private Attorney, Quincey M. Ross, PLLC, Pine Bluff, AR September 2011- April 2013
Engaged in duties that did not conflict with the government position I currently hold.
Drafted and reviewed wills and estates.
Advised clients on legal and business matters.
Provided quality customer service to a diverse group of clients.
Developed and maintained successful relationships with clients.
Administered contracts for clients.
Student Attorney, Family Violence Clinic, Montgomery, AL January 2011 - May 2011
Represented three female clients, seeking protection from their physically abusive partners.
Interviewed clients and determined if the offered services would meet the clients’ needs.
Filed documentation and attended hearings on protection from abuse orders. Summer Clerk, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Pine Bluff, AR June 2010 - July 2010
Developed and implemented a more efficient way to track arraignments and second appearances.
Prepared daily probable cause reports and attended probable cause hearings.
Reviewed case files.
Arkansas Bar# 2011160
Graduate Certificate in Conflict Mediation, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR – 2014
Juris Doctor, Thomas Goode Jones Law School, Faulkner University, Montgomery, AL - 2011
B.A. in English, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR - 2008 CERTIFICATIONS
Conflict Mediation Graduate Certificate - 2014
Attorney ad Litem
Certification – 2012 MEMBERSHIPS Member, Concerned Citizens of Monticello, AR and NAACP
Board Member (Elect), Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation, Drew County Low-Income Sector
Board Member, Gift of Love Gives Afterschool Program and Community Center, Dermott, AR
September 2015 – We officially received our certification as an Illinois nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization authorize to do business in the State of Arkansas under the fictitious name "The Gift of Love Gives. " This office is under the leadership of our Vice President Marvin J, Jones. Additionally, we are schedule to open 2 at risk after-school feeding sites locations Wilmot and Dermott in October, 2015
Three years ago Ms. Hoffman asked me to join her on a journey and embrace a vision to give back to the community that she loved and help put a smile on the faces of children and the families of Southeast Arkansas. And during that time great things have been accomplished...We have opened a local office in Arkansas...families have been blessed and lives touched and changed for the better.
Thank you to all those who have supported and helped to expand this vision and bring it to the level that it is today.
Marvin J. Jones
Making a DIFFERENCE in the WORLD is our MISSION!
Note from our Vice President
October 2014 – Excited! God bless us to open an office in Dermott, Arkansas. By opening this location The Gift of Love reaching out to "Empower people by meeting their social and economic needs by helping them with everyday challenges," in Arkansas.This office is under the leadership of our Vice President Marvin J, Jones.
December 2003 – God gave Shelia Hoffman a vision to help underserved children by collecting toys from her Clients in her Hair Salon and donating them to the local churches for their "Toys for Joy," giveaway. She continued collecting and giving this way for approximately 3 years.
December 2007 – December 2007 - God open Shelia Hoffman eyes to the great sadness that many families face during the Christmas season. She realized it was time to step out on faith and help make the dreams come true for two special underserved families by getting them what their hearts desired for Christmas. She understood and could relate to them not being able to purchase the items. Because she was a single mother of 2 sons and experienced the same type of challenges while raising her children. She had overcame a lot of tough times and she desired to give back as much as she could therefore with the tremendous help and hearts of her faithful clients, she have been doing just that every since. This was the seed for forming The Gift of Love and our Christmas Blessing Program.
November 2009 – From that small seed, an up-and-coming tree has grown! We received our Illinois letter of Incorporation and tax exempt statues 501(c)(3) from the Federal Government and have expanded to a wide variety of human services to benefit communities locally and nationwide!
Twelve years ago when God first gave me the vision to help give a child a smile on Christmas I didn't know that I would be giving over 500 children and over 200 adults a smile on Christmas as well.Today, we are giving smiles to children in more than 4 states and counting.
Thanks you all for the support that’s made it all possible!
Ms. Shelia A. D. Hoffman
Ms. Shelia A. D. Hoffman
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An attorney and community advocate who serves as a board member for a few community centered organizations that are focused on strengthening possible future leaders and assisting low-income families with financial sustainability. Has represented over 560 clients as an attorney. Civil law experience includes family law (divorces, guardianships, adoptions, and child custody), estate planning and advance directives (wills, living wills, healthcare proxy, and power of attorney), housing (evictions and housing authority administrative hearings), and consumer law (garnishment defense and contract cases). With my inviting social skills, I build and maintain successful relationships with clients and colleagues. A public outreach speaker who has completed speaking engagements relating to elder law issues (wills and advance directives) and fair housing or housing laws.