Walz Survivor Hardship Fund

I'm not sure how to even start this as I know that there are so many unfortunate people in the world that it seems odd doing such a thing as this. Bottom line is that I am desperate. I have come across many difficult times in the past years and have had great friends, family and faith to see me through.Four years ago, I took a leap of faith and decided to grab my two boys and walk out of our house never to return. Why? Because for ten years we lived in an unstable, violent situation. Although others may have suspected, I tried to cover up. I tried to make excuses. I did things to try to "protect" my boys and myself. All the time, living on eggshells. It took one last and final act of violence committed by my husband, my boys' father, to realize I HAD to get out, or he may actually kill me "the next time." I couldn't take any more chances nor keep my boys living in that environment. We spent 4 months living with friends, "hiding" and endless trips for 2 1/2 years to the courthouse for protective orders, custody, support and finally divorce hearings.
We "won", he has no contact with us, we rented a new place, continued our lives through much support from counseling, domestic violence groups, friends, family and most importantly faith.
I even went back to school in that time to earn a second Associates Degree in Applied Sciences, Medical Assisting.
I have a job that I love that allows me to be home with my boys and have them involved in sports. We have a good little life now.
I don't want to change a thing. We rent a 3 bedroom rancher and have absolutely no fancy furnishings, electronics or luxuries. But we are comfortable in our home of four years now and most importantly we are safe and my boys are well rounded , secure, confident young men. (ages 12 and 14).
Recently, I have had several hardships to conquer at once. Although I haven't received child support in years, I was receiving assistance through a state VIEW program. That ended in February as the state's maximum limit for it is two years. So, although child support is never paid (he is in jail) and my job pays "below poverty level", I no longer qualify. My car died back in February. I do not currently have transportation. March 27th, I had a major surgery putting me out of work for several weeks, with no sick time to use.
Bills are piling up, disconnection notices and pay or quit notices are coming in. I need a vehicle to get back and forth to work now that I am back.
I need to ask for help so I can just pay the basics and continue to give my boys a stable safe environment. This is our home, I don't want to leave it, I worry how it will affect them, this is their security since the violence they witnessed from their own father.
I am asking for donations because the state organizations have no funds to help. I understand the economy is bad. I just need to get caught up and get a car and we will be back on track.
Like I stated, it is what it is, but I need help and my boys deserve to at least stay in their home. It breaks my heart to think that I may fail them this. I am a survivor once, I'm not giving up now. I just need to ask for help through this hardship.


I thank anyone who finds it in their heart to help us out.
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Shelly Sigley-Walz 
Organizer
Chester, VA
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