About Donna and Maren

It is an Honor for me to be able to speak to you about my daughter Maren and the Foundation that has been inspired by her amazing 16 years on this earth.

On April 25th, 2014, the world lost Maren to a violent crime that should have never happened. On that day, 1000's of lives changed forever. The gravity of the crime and the insurmountable pain was almost too much to bear, not only for me, but all of Maren's family and friends. I was told by many that Maren was everybody's daughter that day.

Shortly after Maren passed, I knew that life would never be the same again. It was a time of enormous grief and shock. To have her life be snatched away in just moments was for me, unbearable. My whole life had revolved around my daughter Maren and her safety. Everything in life was wrapped around what I could do to make a better life for my daughter. How could I have ever imagined that Maren would leave for school to never return Home again.

You see Maren had not only been the victim of a horrific crime but she had been a victim of Emotional Manipulation. I now believe she was in a situation that does not get enough attention and so I set out to create The Maren Sanchez Home foundation.

Maren was and Is a bright, giving, strong young woman who was talented and one of the best friends anyone could ever ask for. She understood at a young age that her life had no room for complacency. She lived life to the fullest and was excited about everything she did. Maren danced to her own beat, never really too concerned about peoples opinions of her....she understood that people needed to express themselves and be true to their own dreams and visions.....When Maren entered a room it was for sure that when she left, you would never forget her. I say these things because if this could happen to someone like Maren, then this could happened to anyone.

The mission of the Maren Sanchez Home Foundation is to:

To empower girls to defend themselves against emotional, psychological and verbal manipulation and physical violence

The Home foundations name was inspired by the Phillip Phillips song Home, which Maren had performed at her school talent show. She won that night and as I looked around as she was performing I noticed people in the audience wiping tears away from their eyes.. It was a very heartfelt performance and has now become a message from Maren for everyone who has been left behind. We also named it Home because of all the things Home is suppose to mean to someone. SECURITY, LOVE, ACCEPTANCE, NOURISHMENT, SAFETY, AND SO MUCH MORE TO SO MANY PEOPLE.

My Vision is that The Maren Sanchez Home Foundation will have all of the comforts of home and that people will feel included and accepted as they enter our website and learn about what we can do to stay safe from manipulation.

I wanted a foundation that would highlight the early warning signs and red flags that are so often missed when someone is being manipulated, and to be able to get involved to create awareness. The educational information that our Foundation has compiled in this website will hit on key subjects that I believe will help someone who may be dealing with one or all of these issues. If anything, I hope that you will take away knowledge to raise awareness on this subject of manipulation.

In Closing

The blows that came to Maren on that dreadful morning were meant to silence her and and to stop her loving heart from beating, to steal her voice, and her infectious joy for life.

But I am here to tell you that that was not accomplished.

Maren Victoria Sanchez's Voice will be louder than it ever has been before and her Heart will beat stronger than ever, through her Foundation, to help change the lives of young girls, who are being psychologically, mentally and physically manipulated, all over the world.  

I want to challenge everyone who visits here to a Call for Action: To get involved. To help a friend. To be aware of your surroundings and peoples' actions, and to jump on board with the mission of the Maren Sanchez Home Foundation and Join the Conversation.

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About Maren

Maren, a giving strong young woman who was talented and one of the best friends anyone could every ask for...she understood at young age that her life had no room for complacency she lived life to the fullest and was excited about everything she did.

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About the Book

A series of storybooks written by Maren's Mom, Donna Cimarelli. These books are a soft way of educating young women about manipulation in relationships. Beautifully and artfully illustrated. Journey alongside the fox as we navigate through relationships.

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