There I was crying, shaking, covered in trash, curled up in a ball on the floor, and holding clumps of my hair in my hands at 4 in the morning on September 19, 2010. You see, I dared to question my cheating husband of his whereabouts and boy did he unleash on me. I thought if I didn’t say another word or move an inch that he would stop hurting me before our kids woke up. I was very scared of what he might do to me because I was also 2 months pregnant at the time. Once he was done pulling chunks of my hair out and yelling at me he stormed off and left once again. I tried to pick myself up and dust myself off but as I looked up there was our oldest son standing there in utter disbelief and fear. How could my husband and father of my 5 children abuse me like this? How did it get to be this way? How did this happen to me?
It was from that very moment that I decided to change our life. My family and I are domestic violence survivors. I called the police and was quickly moved to a domestic violence shelter where we (me, four kids & pregnant) spent three months cramped in a small room. From there we relocated to Sheridan, Wyoming in hiding. I often get asked, why Sheridan? Well, I closed my eyes and put my finger to a map. Bless my lucky stars, I couldn’t have landed in a better community. We moved here with 2 lawn chairs, 3 bags, and $11 dollars in my pocket. It was at this very moment I had to swallow my pride and reach out and ask for help. Sheridan opened their arms to me and all of the local organizations helped me get back on my feet. I promised I would pay them back somehow and nothing I could think of was ever enough in my opinion for what they did for me. Until the fateful night of January 21, 2013 when I decided to create a facebook group called the Sheridan Angels. I wanted to reach as many people as fast as possible so that no one would ever have to go through the pain and struggle we did. I didn’t want anyone to ever feel alone like I did, and to help as many as possible through the power of paying it forward and donations from the amazing people of Sheridan.
From the moment the page was created it took off faster than I could have ever imagined. Before I knew it there was a thousand members, my laundry room was full to the brim with donations, people in need were coming and going, and I my inbox was overflowing with requests for help. I knew that I was simply not enough to help this many people so I soon brought on a partner, Shelli Lapp. She has dedicated long hours and hard work without ever asking for anything in return. She is a beautiful soul and the Angels are so lucky to have her. It was no time at all before more members came and Shelli and I were both overwhelmed and we knew that we must take on another partner, Terry Olson. Terry is so motivated and full of great ideas. He has also spent countless hours working to help the less fortunate in our community and we make a great team. Without these wonderful board members and the people of Sheridan, the Angels would cease to exist.
We are now 2000 + members strong and have made huge waves in the movement of paying it forward in hopes of making the world a better place. We are looking forward to a very bright and busy future. We thank you all for your love and support! Please continue to check back for more to come!