Organized by: Laura Malone
Briana's story touches my heart. Since I have known her she has been nothing but hardworking, perseverant and dedicated. She is such a bright, bubbly, fun person who dearly loves her children. When I met Briana she was beginning the process of putting her life back together after escaping a nasty abusive relationship. Her ex husband had verbally and physically abused her in front of the children, continually used methamphetamine and ran with a notorious, dangerous biker gang. She had escaped with the help of a battered women's shelter. She worked so hard, many times through absolute exhaustion to make a life for herself and her kiddos, with no child support coming in. NOT ONE DIME. Her ex found her and inserted himself back into her life DESPITE an order for protection and the abuse began again. After going to the authorities for their help, she was sent to Texas, all expenses paid, with their children to escape him. It wasn't long before she was delivered horrifying news. He had filed for, and was awarded full custody. He and the police showed up at her door, removed the kids and she was incarcerated on kidnapping charges. Kidnapping charges!! Her children were handed over to a criminal, drug addict, and abuser, while their dedicated, loving mother was torn away from them, thrown into jail. Briana has made hundreds of phone calls to lawyers and non profits and organizations to acquire support and advocacy to gain back custody of her children, sever ties, and protect them from their fathers destructive lifestyle for good. she is in need of a vehicle for reliable transportation, and needs to find a safe home for herself and her children in order to strengthen her case and prove herself against the man who has ruined her life again and again. Abuse is a very real and scary thing. This is an example of a serious flaw in the system. My heart aches for Briana when I think of what she's come through. And even in the face of such trials, she is hopeful, strong, and not going down easily. Please give what you can, so Briana can acquire the things she needs to win her children and life back. God bless you.