This program means a lot to me because it has helped me get through my situation. It has also helped me through counseling and they were there when I had to do my statement to the judge. It is still helping me and“This program helps me give my five children a happy holiday so they don’t feel sad for being out on our own. I appreciate all you guys do for us. You are a blessing in disguise. Thank you!” I get to call and talk to someone if I need it. Thank you so much. Without this program, I would not know what I would have done.” – .E.F.
Patricia, I wanted to let you know, because of you and this that you do I finally got out of the mentally abusive relationship I was in during this time and now I feel like a huge weight was lifted off of me. I thought things would change but they didn’t and Now I couldn’t be more happy than I have before with a new partner in my life he has been my biggest supporter and because of you it made me a stronger person to know I wasn’t in a good place and how to deal and recognize it, even though I was in an abusive relationship in the past but didn’t recognize the mental abuse. Thank you Patricia” – Rachael
On behalf of the Ramirez family I would like to thank Crime Survivors and the anonymous donor that donated the tickets to Medieval Times to fulfill one of little Tony’s wishes before he was tragically taken from us. It was very emotional for all of us but it also was very much healing to know we were able to do one thing that he wanted. It was an amazing night! I also want to thank the team that made this all possible! I know little Tony wasn’t there physically but I am positive he was there in spirit! Rest in peace my forever 17 year old bear cub this mama bear will never forget you and your family awaits the day we’re all united!
It was amazing I held up little Tony’s picture and the Knight for our team put his hand across his chest pointed to the heavens and tossed me the carnation then my husband took the picture of me with it, it was very emotional as well as a blessing to me. My children turned around and looked at me and said Mom that’s your sign in it and I just smiled.
THANK YOU! I just realized that the picture we took is one of the first with all of us in it together. I used to cry saying never again will I have a family picture and I just realized we are all together in the Medieval Times picture.”
After years of domestic violence and coerced control I finally left the situation only to find that it takes new formats. With my new freedom, my situation has drastically improved, and I am learning to be stronger, to have a voice, and to hold my own step by step. In those darkest and scariest first couple years Crime Survivors has given our family support and joy and hope. By caring about our plight when most didn’t understand or really know how to empathize Crime Survivors showed us love. I am grateful, and hopeful for our future!”
Crime Survivors has been apart of my families healing for 8 years. We have been blessed to attend at many events. We have had many ups and downs living everyday. We have attended 2 Parole Hearings for Brittany’s murderer with the love and support. Our favorite moments are the dove releases as we bond as a family a release our love to the heavens. We are forever grateful for our Crime Survivors family.” – Jennifer Lundy and Family
It’s now been 4 years since we survived. We have come very far with the help of crime survivors. This program has brought my family so much healing.” Thank You to Crime Survivors Donors and Supporters. – Family Surviving
Molested at the young age of seven and again at thirteen. My past was my reason to work as a police officer for seventeen years and later in life the reason for getting my MA in counseling. Experiencing PTSD since recovery of memory at the age of fifty. Still healing, still dealing, BUT a warrior since I was twenty… forgive yourself. As a survivor you can enjoy life again. You just have to “jump” with both feet and a great deal of faith and hope; you never quite know where you’ll land but it’s worth the risk. As someone that knows first-hand I give and support this organization that is making a difference and greater impact!” – Thank you kindly, Survivor Thriving
After a lifetime of unimaginable abuse I found myself at the end of my rope, barely hanging on. I had looked everywhere, tried everything but I could not escape the feeling that I would always be and always see myself as a victim. I was at the point that I felt that there was nothing left to live for, nothing to hope for. I gave up on believing that I could ever have a life again.
Then in 2015 I was introduced to Crime Survivors. For the first time in my life I finally found an organization that nurtured me, one that helped me seeem> that the things that happened to me did not define me. I did not have to stay in the cycle of abuse, I was allowed to have opinions, I was allowed to dream, to have hope. Most of all though, I learned that I deserved to be treated with respect and that I was not a victim any longer. Working with Crime Survivors has helped me to finally see myself as a survivor. I am still a work in progress but with the support that I am getting, I now know that I will make it through. -Survivor
I may not be in control of every situation and its outcome, But I can control my attitude and how I deal with it. Sometimes smiling is the greatest act of Defiance and sometimes asking for help is the most meaningful example of self-reliance. Sometimes the best medicine is to just laugh until you cry and sometimes the greatest wisdom comes from accepting you will never know why. Sometimes just going to bed is the best antidote to trials and tribulations and sometimes just being blessed to get up again and face it all, for one more day is worthy of celebration. After a while you look in the mirror and realize after all those hurts, scars and bruises after all of those trials I really made it through, I did it, I survived that was supposed to kill me made me stronger So I straightened my Crown and walked away like a Boss!!! I am a survivor and I am strong, like Katy Perry’s song Lion I am that Lion. I had a very hard time but with Crime Survivors, loved ones and my kids I can be me the me I was to be and I thank you and Thank God for always being by my side. I am truly blessed and beyond Grateful thank you. Survivor Sharing Gratitude & Survival ~ Support Survivors this Holiday Season! – Sincerely, Survivor
Today is November 15th, 2017… 28 months has passed since the day that my body was without a pulse and my whole life flashing before my eyes and then bam everything went black. After months of rehabilitation I can actually walk but still have the pain that lingers my body but when the pain comes too much, I close my eyes and out my hand over my heart and then my heart beats and it beats purpose… I keep going. I put my strength in spreading my story to others so they can get out. I remind them love shouldn’t hurt and love should be heart deep not knife deep. Each day I face the challenges of my self-worth and doubting my looks as I still see the scars from the knife entering my body. As I tell my fellow Crime Survivors “I rather have these scars here then six feet under.” They make me who I am… A SUPER SURVIVOR.
And with organizations like Crime Survivors I know that they are there for us in many ways the justice system fails. With the help of my better half that loves and believes in me I’m able to smile again as I know he loves me, supports me and most importantly understands me. And with that I’m winning!” – Super Survivor
Hi everyone, I just want to share with you my hope for healing and what God has brought me out of with the help and support of crime survivors.10 years ago this was not my life. My life was full of abuse every day all day,not knowing if I would ever see another day with my children. But I kept pressing forward and kept praying for another day and even when the abuser was locked up,I’m not going to say the healing was easy,but that’s where crime survivors comes in. I thank God he brought them my way,which brought even more hope,help to heal, support, comfort and even a chance to smile with others that survived. I’m truly grateful for Patricia and all those who help make crime survivors go forward. There is truly hope for a better healthier future. By the way God even added a wonderful husband 2 step children and a special little addition who brings so much more joy to our family.” For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord . “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” Jeremiah 29:11-14 NLT – Survivor Thriving!
WHAT DOES THIS PROGRAM MEAN TO YOU?
“May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless you all for what you do for families in many hardship situations. I cannot stop thanking you all enough for everything you all make possible! My kids and I placed in 3rd step with Human Options for Victims of Crimes. Our exit day is near so we will need to be moving into our own apartment very soon. We are currently facing, and going through a difficult hardship at this time and don’t have many things. With that being said we would truly appreciate anything on your part, or hearts to bless us with.”
“It is very comforting knowing that we have a big family > Crime Survivors > who care for us during these special times of the year. Thank you Crime Survivors family for caring for us. ”
“Your program helped our healing so much that we are able to move on with our lives since the event. But, also the presents my family receives from your organization are the only gifts my boys will get. I have a sixteen, eleven and a nine-year old.”
“This program builds me up during this time of year. Being a single mom to three boys, after surviving abuse from their father, this program just brings smiles to our faces. It helps me see I am not alone in this process and others have been through similar situations like mine. Thank you for all that you do.”
“This organization means a lot to me because in time of need for me and my children, they were there. Especially around Christmas time, my kids look forward to going there and seeing families going through the same situation.”
“This program has done a lot for my family and me. I have been a part of this group for a year and a half now. I fell on hard times when I had to relocate and take the stand against someone who tried to stab me and killed my sister in front of my niece and me. I also had to take in my niece. This program helped my niece and children go to a championship track meet. As well as provided them with thanksgiving food and toys. I appreciate everything. I also appreciate the support programs and classes provided. Thank you!”
“Crime Survivors has been a constant in our lives for several years. My entire family looks forward to all of the functions. It is empowering for all of us to share, listen and relate with other survivors. It lets us know we are not alone. We are constantly encouraged and feel safe with our Crime Survivor family. We are so grateful and feel blessed to be a part of it. Thank you from our whole heart!”
“Without the assistance from the donors, I would be unable to provide a decent Christmas for my family. I was the victim of an attempted murder and had to relocate. I have severe spine and neck issues that have also prevented me from returning to work. The holidays are a difficult time for my family and me, both financially and emotionally. We have several family members currently being hospitalized in the ICU. It is a true blessing that the holidays will be one less worry because of the generosity of the donors that support our family. Thank you!"
“This program helps me give my five children a happy holiday so they don’t feel sad for being out on our own. I appreciate all you guys do for us. You are a blessing in disguise. Thank you!”
“This program gives hope and encouraging moments to know that we are not alone, and that there is support for the families.”
“This program means so much to me. With this program I know that I can let go of my stress and worries to enjoy the holidays with my three daughters. Due to this program I know that I have that extra support and foundation to pull me and my children through the holidays. Thank you to all of those who place smiles on my children and myself, that otherwise would not be possible!”
“We are so grateful for Crime Survivors. It has truly been a blessing to our family, and to be able to bring joy into our son’s life after all he has been through. We pray and ask the Lord to continue to bless Patricia, and this organization for all she does for those who are survivors. Thank you sincerely and God bless.”
“This program means a lot to me because it has helped me get through my situation. It has also helped me through counseling and they were there when I had to do my statement to the judge. It is still helping me and I get to call and talk to someone if I need it. Thank you so much. Without this program, I would not know what I would have done.”
— Krystal and Yolanda
“This program would be such a blessing for my girls and me. I am a single parent of three beautiful girls. We are still in hiding from D.V. I struggle every month just to provide basic necessities. Birthdays and holidays have become a thing of the past, since I am raising them alone. We all know that just being/ staying together is our gift. One of my daughters has been a victim of sexual assault, as I have as well. It is a struggle every day for her, as she is still healing from the effects of this. Thank you so much for this opportunity, it means the world to me knowing there is still nice people willing to help me. Thank you for your help.”
“I want to take the time to say thank you. If you help us this will mean that you bring a little bit of joy that the Lord graciously gives. This program helps us when we are in a crisis or in need. It is a blessing to help us and the Lord will regard you. Thank you for all of your help.”
“Crime Survivors has given me so much support and my life back. Prior to joining Crime Survivors, I was always afraid and depressed. Hearing other survivors has helped me to use my voice and not be the victim I once was. They have given me hope and faith in myself, now I am happy with my grandkids. Thank you Patricia, and Crime Survivors for your support and letting me know I am not alone. Thank you, it’s a true blessing to feel free. God bless.”
“This program has really brought me and my two little girls hope. To know that there are still people out there who care and understand. All of the sadness and struggles us victims go through. Also those healing classes are so helpful. I would like to thank everyone in this program.”
“As we continue to rebuild our lives, holidays are just not feasible at this time. We have been incredibly blessed to have had help in escaping our abuse, and for all the resources and support Crime Survivors has provided. This program would mean being able to provide my children a holiday this year. We are grateful to be safe and have the ability to continue healing. Finances are incredibly tough as I continue to look for a full-time position. We would greatly appreciate being considered for the Elf’s Holly Day Program. My children know how hard it has been to get where we are and they do not ask for much. This program would mean so much to them and myself. Thank you for your consideration.”
“It has been a year since the crisis happened, and being with the Dausu program, with Romy, has really helped me and my children. I just want to tell you guys thank you for having a survivor program for families like mine, that give us hope that things will get better. One that provides programs and special groups to help us cope, and help us remember that we matter and are important. Organizations like yours is what makes a difference and gives us strength that we can pull through. I have grown so much and I have seen a change for the good in my children, so a BIG thank you.”
“It is a blessing to have programs to help families who suffered a loss through a crime. It is nice that there are people to turn to.”
“This program will bring joy to my children on Christmas morning. As well as food on the table without having to worry if it is enough food for one night. I really appreciate everything you guys do.”
“This program means hope and celebration of freedom from the bondage of my oppressor!”
“This program is special to us, specifically for our kids. It is nice to have good supporters and donors. Thanks for your support!”
— Adame's Family
“This program is so meaningful to me because it has brought so much joy and happiness to me and my family. In all honesty, this program has created one of the best memories I will share with my daughters during the holidays, and the wonderful experiences we have been fortunate to have. Whenever I stumble across pictures of the fun times with my family and Crime Survivors it brings positivity. I am thankful for them and all they do for us and the other families. Crime Survivors Organization and Patricia Wenskunas have changed my life, to inspire me to live as a SURVIVOR not a victim. I love to give back when I can, but during times when needed I am humble to ask for assistance. My daughter Ava recently lost her father, who was the one who abused me. We are grieving differently, but I can say I forgive him so that I can live on each day to be a stronger woman and mother to my daughters. Thank you for your time.”
“I am truly touched by the support and donations of families in the community who provide help through this program. Being a single parent, with no family within a 2,000-mile radius is extremely challenging. I have my son 100% of the time and I am working full-time to make ends meet. Christmas is a very tough time and your support helps brighten our holiday season. Your help is so much appreciated and creates a lasting impact for both myself and future generations, like my son.”