To Whom it May Concern,

As a survivor of many things in life, I must say that surviving domestic violence has been by far, THE most difficult of all to survive. Unfortunately, once you actually have the courage to leave him and all that you know, own, etc, it doesn’t end there. The aftermath of what occurred unravels in many ways for quite sometime. Friends that have gone through similar situations like mine, have agreed that they will never be the same again. It is a situation that affects you physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, mentally, etc,etc. It also affects children, pets and the extended family that supported you through it all. I am a single mother of 5 children. I have survived 2 marriages that tried to destroy me. Both were different forms of abuse(been through EVRY form), one as destructive as the other. I am currently fighting to re-gain custody(due to the violence) of my 4 oldest and have only my youngest living with me at this time. I grew up in a loving home, went to private school, and never lacked a thing in my life, but because of the domestic violence, I have been depressed, anxious, suicidal, lived in shelters, motels, been a victim of stalking, and almost lost my sanity. If it wasn’t for my faith, and the people that God has placed in my life to help us along the way, we never would have made it. As I reflect on the upcoming New Year, I would like to Thank you Foundation 37, for helping my family with the deposit to enter a more permanent home, furniture to sit on and food to put on the table. I have held several steady jobs since February of this year, and I am about to hit 90 days in the most recent one. You have been a part of the healing process that continues daily. Please continue to help those that people sometimes turn away from because they may not fully understand the who’s and why’s of a situation.
God Bless You,
 

Single Mom of 5