Circle The Wagons is a Utah based non-profit organization that provides survivors of violent crime, their family members and their friends with information and resources to help them recover from the trauma of their experience.
We provide a 96-Hour Survival Guide by means of several outreach methods including the Can of Comfort™.
The Can of Comfort with the 96-Hour Survival Guide© contains simple guidance about how to give and receive support within the first 96 hours following the perpetration of a violent crime. In 2010 the organization will establish its service program throughout Utah. The Organization’s future plans include extending services nationwide.
Circle The Wagons founder Vickie Walker launched the organization to support people who are in the unfortunate position of having to cope in the aftermath of a violent crime without adequate support and information.
Vickie’s first hand experience began when her husband Jeff was killed during the “Trolley Square Rampage” on February 12, 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Trolley Square Mall.
Her son, A.J., 16-years old at the time, was also shot but miraculously survived.
The incredible support of family and friends who “circled the wagons” around the Walker family during their ordeal was critical in helping them find courage to keep moving forward.
Like pioneers traveling through frightening territory who would circle their wagon trains around the campfires for protection from the
unknown, the Walker’s found shelter from those who circled around them to help them through this very difficult time. Circle the Wagon’s purpose is to provide a fortress of information, and a circle of caring for others who may find themselves unexpectedly dealing with a violent tragedy. The resources and information supplied to survivors will hopefully help them to heal more quickly and find joy in life again.