What Happens to a Refuge for Women Resident Once They Graduate? Where Are They Now?

 
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Cyndi Kness graduated from Refuge for Women in January of 2018. Cyndi also chose to complete the Refuge for Women Aftercare program and then entered into a host family sponsored by one of our Church Partners, Oasis Baptist Church. Cyndi lived with her host family for three months while she made some final preparations. After graduation while in the Refuge Aftercare Program, Cyndi completed her CNA schooling and passed the Nevada State Board for CNA certification. She then began working full time for DelMar Gardens as a CNA. After a few months, Cyndi had the opportunity to move back home to North Dakota, where she has been reunited with her children and grandchildren. Cyndi is on the move once again as her daughter’s family is relocating to Florida and they have invited Cyndi to move with them. Once settled in Florida, Cyndi will be transferring her CNA license to Florida and continuing on with her career of serving people.

Service Project in a Box

REFUGE FOR WOMEN OHIO VALLEY

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Here in Ohio we held our first Service Project in a Box event in our community with the Jefferson County Christian School Students.  This day was part of a school-wide event to learn and participate in local ministries.   After prayer and fasting throughout the week to prepare for the day, nine high school boys and girls made bracelets while learning about dangers of social media in relation to human trafficking.  The students, along with their teacher, a parent and our City Director, then distributed the bracelets at a local high-rise apartment building downtown.  The students would talk with tenants who stopped by about the importance of awareness of human trafficking in our area and encouraged them to pray for those who are being exploited.

Since this event Refuge has received invitations to present two additional Service projects and speak at two upcoming local events.   We are so excited to not only provide residential services but to also be a part of prevention programs and awareness. The Ohio Valley area has been very receptive to our mission and have shown a great desire to be involved!

Matthew 18:12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?”



Purity Ceremony

REFUGE FOR WOMEN NORTH TEXAS

 
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The month of February was a very special month for Refuge for Women - North Texas... Graduations are obviously our favorite celebrations around here, but a very close second, if not tied for first, is whenever our residents tell us that they would like to dedicate themselves to Christ through a Purity Ceremony. There is something very special, intimate, and honorable about a Purity Ceremony.


This resident's family drove hours to surprise her and be here to support her on this important day in her journey towards freedom. She got to see her mother, sisters, niece, nephew, and little daughter for the first time months! Her family, fellow residents, staff, and volunteers all got to attend this ceremony and celebrate her dedication to Christ. It was a beautiful afternoon.During the ceremony, she wanted to share with everyone what purity meant to her. This is a snippet of what she shared that day:

 
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"I am a survivor. I am strong. I am a mother. I am a child of God. I am a friend. I am family. I am a daughter... I was a thief, a liar, and a cheat, but now I am honest, loyal, and meek... I am a heroin addict in recovery, Jesus pulled me out of that hell, I am redeemed by his grace and mercy. I was called a junkie, a mess, a disgrace, now I am priceless, righteous by faith. People called me dirty, unclean, even worse I am sure. But today I am clean, washed white, I am pure".


Amen, amen, and amen! These are the moments that define why we do what we do.