The Joan’s Wish List is near and dear to me. Bare with me this is going to be long one and I hope you take the time to read it.
Mission - Joan's Wish List is a 501(c)(3) foundation providing essential support to domestic violence organizations for survivors to rebuild their lives, build productive relationships and end the generational cycle of violence.
Vision - Joan's Wish List is stopping the generational cycle of violence, one shelter at a time. ‘I personally have been a child of domestic violence and sexual abuse. It started when I was 4 years old with a father that was (RIP) a raging alcoholic. I was beaten bloody and lived in constant fear with my mother and 2 other siblings. I had to be an orphanage at 6 years old after my Mom left my Dad. The abuse continued in the orphanage until my mother got back with my father, yes my father the main abuser. She came from a place of FEAR.. (false evidence appearing real). Meanwhile I was send to a Foster Family for the Summer and Easter so my parents had some free time. I was molested by the father and mother for 5 years from the age of 7-12. At the age of 12 I stood up for myself against the molesters and it ended.
I ran away with 16 years old after my Dad beat me. I had no where to go. A search warrant was out for me! I turned myself in with to the police and they saw first hand the rage of Dad when he wanted to take me home. Then the amazing thing happened: An organization against domestic violence stepped in and placed me into a SAFE place at a shelter.
I was FREE and cried with relieve and happiness. It was surreal that there are people who cared for my safety for the first time in my Life. They helped to pay for my own apartment, while I went to college and provided a Social Worker that changed my Life forever. ‘
I was approached by my dear friend Shannon Williams with her foundation in the honor of her Mother In Law who sacrificed for children like me. The foundation is in its 5th year and I am now on the Committee . Please, please help!
Thank you @bodybygia and all other participants