The following are stories from recipients of grants from The Crime Victim
Foundation. All names have been changed to protect victims' privacy.
"Martha" had been a victim of domestic violence throughout her
marriage. After leaving her husband, he abducted her children and fled
to Mexico. Martha was referred to the Crime Victim Foundation by the FBI
and the local Victim Witness Unit requesting a grant for an airline ticket
to send Martha to Mexico to retrieve her child. The foundation immediately
contacted Northwest Airlines who, in cooperation with Continental Airlines,
donated 2 round-trip tickets, one for Martha and the second for an FBI
Victim Witness Coordinator/Nurse to accompany her, as well as a ticket
for her son to return home. The two remaining children abducted by their
father had already been reunited with their mother who lived in Texas
and was able to drive over the boarder to pick them up. Mother and son
arrived back home just two days before Christmas.
A New Start
"Christina," a young pre-teen girl, was the victim of Criminal
Sexual Conduct perpetrated upon her by her mother's live-in boyfriend.
Christina's mother left her boyfriend as soon as she discovered what he'd
done to Christina. Christina's mother, Kim, had been living with him at
a hotel which was owned by his family. Kim had been working in the capacity
of manager of the hotel. When she left her boyfriend, she was immediately
out of a home as well as a job. The Crime Victim Foundation provided Kim
and Christina emergency lodging until they could get to Nevada where Kim
had family who could assist them.
A Helping Hand
"Kimberly," a young mother of two, applied for assistance after
her newly-estranged husband attempted to murder both her and their young
children. At the time of the incident, Kimberly's husband was the sole
source of income for the family. Because she had been a full-time homemaker
and mother, Kimberly's ability to find immediate substantial employment
was diminished. Her finances were stretched to the breaking point and,
with the sky-rocketing cost of heating, she was unable to afford fuel
to heat her home. Kimberly was fearful that her children would be taken
away from her if she could not find the resources to heat her home. The
foundation awarded a grant to fill Kimberly's propane tank enabling her
to get through the remaining cold winter months without being fearful
of losing her children.
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