a safe place for women with children

Mission

   The mission of The Refuge Center is to provide a safe place where chronically homeless women with children can heal spiritually, physically, and emotionally within the safety of a supportive environment so that they may reestablish their lives within their community. 

Vision

  The Refuge will focus on women with children first, leaning towards wholeness before independent, permanent housing. It will seek to provide the comfort and safety of a loving home wherein multiple guests will regain trust in themselves, others and God. Thus, they can embrace the tools necessary to heal and begin living the lives they were created to live. Women with children who leave The Refuge will be self-sufficient, gain self worth, develop healthier parental skills, along with repairing relationships so that they can reintegrate with their families and community.  The staff of the refuge, along with volunteers will utilize the best practices approach for the most effective outcome geared towards wellness. The goal of The Refuge is to empower women to thrive and one day mentor others on their healing journey.   

Values

  The Refuge Center for Women with children is a non profit organization that seeks to provide an earthly manifestation of God’s constant and unwavering provision and love for all his children. Thus, everyone who enters The Refuge…whether as a guest or volunteer, will be woven into a loving community where trust can be built and hope can be restored. What does this look like? Long term investment in relationships. Transformation takes time…so that is the first thing we must offer at The Refuge…our time. Every woman’s healing journey is different. For some, it will take months or years to learn to trust again. We do not provide a “one size fits all” timeline for our program. What we do provide is an unwavering, long-term commitment to every woman with children, just as God is unwaveringly committed to us. We offer listening ears. open hearts, sensitive spirits, and vulnerability. Before any real programming can begin, a sense of safety, acceptance and trust must be established. We want the women with children of The Refuge to know, first and foremost, they are seen, known and loved right now…they do not need to do anything to earn acceptance.  Our programming will focus on:  ·Trauma informed care 

· Spiritual wellness  · child and family guidance ·  Parenting classes ·  Accountability/responsibility · Creativity  · Celebrations of life · Integration with each other and with the community at large · Individuality and independence and also interdependence with others.