Sharon Darsaw Puryear is proof that your journey can begin unexpectedly, suddenly, and at any age. Admission takes courage-a lot of courage. To take that courage and use it to help others within your community is admirable. Today, you will read about how Sharon is working between two organizations while supporting various communities and coming into her own as a champion against domestic and sexual abuse. She holds an extensive number of certifications, and is known for her volunteering and knowledgeable service on past and present community & business boards. We invite you to read more about our BOTG Blog Series’ latest feature, Mrs. Sharon Darsaw Puryear.

How long have you been doing what you do? “I remember it clearly! Who knew that on June 18, 2010 I would meet Joyce Kyles, currently Executive Director of Walking Into a New Life, Inc., at a business networking event in Memphis that it would be a confessional, admitting that I had been victimized by domestic violence and sexual assault, and the beginning of my Domestic Violence Advocacy journey.”

What types of services does your organization/agency/business provide? “I work closely with two Domestic Violence organizations; Walking Into A New Life, Inc. and Fayette Cares.    Walking Into A New Life, Inc. provides community awareness and shares tangible resources and referrals for individuals impacted by domestic violence and its intersections. I started as a volunteer, have held various positions as a member of the Board of Directors,and I currently serve as Treasurer. Fayette Cares mission is to empower those in need with solutions to end homelessness, break the cycle of domestic violence and create financial stability. With them, I volunteer as a court advocate, Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) Call Specialist, trainer and any capacity that it needed. Independently, I’m a Domestic Violence speaker, trainer and consultant.”

What made you decide to do what you do/get into your field? “This work chose me! As a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, never in a million years would I have ever imagined myself as an advocate. This anointed calling is my purpose and passion in life.”

What are some of the most gratifying parts of what you do? “To know that when a person is most vulnerable, the work that I do can make a difference in them regaining their life back as they progress from victim to VICTOR!”

What are some of the most disheartening things about what you do? “To know that a person does not understand their worth. Many people may stay in an abusive relationship because they believe there is no way out and/or they may not be able financially.”  

Do you have any events coming up? “Since we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person events for both organizations have been canceled. They are trying to create ways that events can be done virtually.”

Do you have any needs that would help you better do what you do? “Again, because of COVID-19 both organizations are struggling financially! Many of their fundraising events have been canceled. All donations, large and small, are greatly appreciated. Feel free to visit their Facebook pages, Walking Into A New Life, Inc. and Fayette Cares to donate.  Their websites are capable of receiving donations as well.”

What main point(s) do you want the readers to take away from this article? “Both organizations are in dire need of good, faithful volunteers. There is always something that you can do to assist them.”

How can people get in touch with you? I can be contacted by email at sharonp1220@gmail.com

About Sharon Darsaw Puryear: Sharon Darsaw Puryear, a New Jersey native, retired in 2012 after thirty two years of starting, owning and operating Western Transportation, Inc., a national trucking and brokerage company that she started with her husband, James H Puryear, III.  In 1992 she was nominated New Jersey’s “Woman Entrepreneur Business of the Year” and won the title in 1993. INC magazine wrote an article about her business journey that same year. Always the entrepreneur, she currently keeps busy as a Mary Kay Cosmetics skincare and beauty consultant, mobile notary public, travel club partner, Domestic Violence speaker, trainer and consultant in addition to designing, making one of a kind custom jewelry and home decor through her business.

Sharon is a charter member of Walking Into A New Life, Inc.  She has volunteered with House of Grace, Southaven, MS and presently volunteers with Fayette Cares, Somerville, TN as a Court Advocate for victims, Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) Call Specialist and trainer. She currently serves as a board member of Leadership Fayette, located in Somerville, TN.