Years ago when I was thinking through A Mother’s Shadow and the direction I wanted to go, I attended a start-up business meeting and met the most remarkable woman that I have never forgot. Her name is Vickie and after you read her story, I don’t think you will forget her either; she is truly extraordinary and an example for all of us to look to. Come see why.
Vickie was married to her sweetheart Jeff for 23 years and considered herself a ‘normal’ housewife. Circumstances in Vickie’s life changed in an instant. As a result of that situation and the confusion she found herself surrounded in, she began Circle The Wagons.
Here is a brief account of what happened to Jeff, AJ and the subsequent birth of Vickie’s foundation.
I marvel at what Vickie has been through and the courage and selflessness she demonstrated by undertaking what what must have been a daunting task of starting Circle The Wagons, when more hardships came for her and her family. God polishes us by striking off the dross to reveal the treasured gem; regrettably Vickie was not spared this process. I marvel at her grit, mettle and determination to continue forward in her life. After enduring such hardships Vickie could choose to become bitter; however, she make the significant choice to become better. This decision which will, without a doubt, positively affect her family now, and for generations to come. What is Circle The Wagons? Not knowing where to turn, or the resources available while in the crisis after her husband and son were shot, she realized the need others also would have in devastating situations. This sparked her desire to found the organization Circle The Wagons.
Circle The Wagons connects innocent victims of violent crime to essential information and resources that will help them in the immediate hours after the crime, as well in the days and months that follow. Our support helps victims, their families and friends with survival and healing, lets them know they do not have to face their situation alone, and helps them find the courage to move forward. Our services include a 96-Hour Survival Guide ™, which is available online and distributed by first responders and community support agencies across the country via our Cans of Comfort™ program. This gives victims a starting point to help them recover from the trauma they have just experienced. We also have a state-by-state resource guide for agencies and organizations that can assist them.
- Their Story
Circle The Wagons is a Utah-based, 501(c)(3) organization born out of necessity. It was founded by Vickie Walker, whose husband was shot and killed during the “Trolley Square Shooting” in Salt Lake City on February 12, 2007. Her son, A.J., was seriously injured but miraculously survived. The incredible support of family and friends who circled the wagons around Vickie and her family ultimately helped them find the courage to move forward after such a violent event. But while trying to deal with funeral arrangements, medical care for her gravely injured son, insurance questions and unexpected loss of income, Vickie found herself trying to navigate through the victims services system with little guidance and no professional support. Only later did she learn that there are organizations and government agencies that could have offered her assistance–had she only known about them. Vickie’s goal is to provide guidance and support for those facing the same situation in the difficult days following a violent crime. Her hope is that by sharing the knowledge she gained though her own experience, she can help other victims and their families. (Now available in many states, click HERE for the list)
- What is in the 96-Hour Survival Guide
We plan our days. Our weeks. Our months. But no one plans on being a victim. In the aftermath of a violent crime, it’s often difficult to know what to do or who to contact for support. That’s why Circle The Wagons developed the 96-Hour Survival Guide™. This important guide, as simple as it seems, provides essential first steps for survivors and their families, giving them a starting point after the trauma they just experienced. It also has important contact numbers for agencies that can provide support and assistance. The 96-Hour Survival Guide is delivered by first responders and community support agencies through our Can of Comfort™ program.
- How Can I Help?