Intern Spotlight: Meaghan Starr

In today's blog post, we asked intern, Meaghan Starr, a few questions about her time here at Refuge for Women. For more information on our internship program, please click here.

 
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1.      How did you hear about Refuge for Women?

I first heard about RFW through a few members at my church. Since I had just become very passionate about human trafficking prevention and awareness, I did some more research on the organization and realized that the work being done there was the type of work I wanted to eventually do. I immediately started following the organization’s impact on the community through social media.

2.      What interested you about interning here?

I feel like I am called to speak into the lives of other students, and be a voice. While society is teaching us one thing about self-worth, relationships, and love, I want to speak the truth. Many difficult situations could be prevented if we were to have real conversations with students, peers, and friends.

When I learned about the Prevention Program at RFW, I was all for it! Knowing that I could be doing what I feel called to do and more, had me interested in pursuing an internship. The ability to use my college work for Kingdom work made it even more of a desire.

3.      What has surprised you the most about interning here?

I am mostly surprised by the all the fantastic opportunities that are arising through this internship. I am realizing that I will come out of this with a variety of new skills, experiences, and knowledge that will carry me into my professional career. This internship is part of earning my public health degree, but it's also going to help me better impact my city and use my professional skills to be a light for Christ.

4.      What have you learned so far during your time?

So far, I have learned that RFW is a collective group of individuals who are ready and willing to work together.  Every team member has a different set of skills that they bring to the table. I have learned that working in a setting like this can look like a day in the office, a day of public speaking, a day doing prevention, and more. However, all the different tasks each person completes equates to helping women be free of exploitation and raises awareness. I am excited for the months to come, and the amount of knowledge I will gain from this internship.  

Refuge for Women Las Vegas Celebrates New Graduates!

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Refuge for Women Las Vegas just celebrated a huge graduation with four residents successfully completing the program. Hope, Cyndi, Christa and Kelcee all shared their story, received a challenge and walked across the stage to flip their tassel and receive their Refuge diploma. It was a beautiful day celebrating the hard work of these four women and the faithfulness of God in redeeming their story. Each of the women are humbled and excited to be able to share their journey in the hopes of bringing Jesus and healing to other women.

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hope

I was trafficked for 14 years from the age of 16. I never knew love. I never knew family. I never knew God. I found all of that at the Refuge. Here I have learned what true family is, how to receive and give love, how to accept myself and most importantly how to accept Jesus. My life will never be the same. I am now working at Green Valley Christian Center in a job that I love and feel good about. I am accepted for who I am and I know that I am a child of God.


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cyndi

I am so full of gratitude. I can't even begin to express all that is in my heart toward God and toward the Refuge. Refuge saved my life and gave me my life back. My daughter fought hard to get me into the Refuge by pushing me, encouraging me and walking this journey with me. My relationship with her and with God has been restored. You are never too old to turn your life around. I am the oldest Refuge for Women graduate and I want other women to know it is not too late for them. I am graduating from CNA school this week and look forward to serving others through this profession. I am standing on my own two feet, confident in my relationship with Jesus and I know I belong to Him.


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christa

Refuge for Women literally saved my life. I would not be alive today if it weren't for them. They took me in when I was at rock bottom. I have hurt those I love most, destroyed my family relationships and was on a path that could only lead to death. Refuge gave me the fresh start I needed. Refuge believed in me and taught me to believe in myself. I have found an authentic relationship with Jesus and I see myself the way God sees me, as His precious child. My relationships with my family have been restored. I am working toward being the mother that God has called me to be and that my boys deserve. Today I have a job that fits my personality and I am able to pour into homeless teens and show them a better choice and a better way of living. I am able to relate to them through my story and help them see they don't need to continue on the path they are on. I work as a case manager for Help for Southern Nevada. I love my job. I love my life. I love Jesus. I love Refuge for Women. You could say I have learned once again to love LOVE, as this is what I have received through the Refuge.


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Kelcee

Refuge is the place of second chances. This is what they gave me, a second chance. I tried Refuge for Women earlier but I wasn't ready. I left after 6 weeks and went back to the streets. This past spring I hit rock bottom and all I knew to do was cry out to the Refuge. They took me back and gave me a second chance. This time I was ready to accept their direction, correction, guidance and love. They love me deeply and want nothing but the very best for me. They have poured into me and taught me to believe in myself. They have taught me that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Today I am a student at G Beauty school getting my esthetician license. I look forward to working with women and sharing the joy I have found with them. 

New North Texas City Director

We are excited to announce that Abby Germer has been named the new City Director at the Refuge for Women North Texas location!  Abby is currently the Program Director at the safe house in North Texas and is beginning the transition to this new position. Today's post is a letter from Abby:

 
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Dear Refuge for Women North Texas Community,

First, thank you so much for all you do. Refuge for Women North Texas is what it is today because of the prayers and support from you all being the hands and feet of Jesus.  Every morning at the safe house we have morning devotional and we close out by going around and sharing what we are grateful for. More often than not, someone always says they are grateful for the people they don't even know that have supported this ministry in some way so we (staff and residents) can experience life change through Jesus Christ.

I am very excited to transition into the role of City Director. I will never forget the day we sat in the back room of a coffee shop in July of 2015 with a small group of volunteers that had a dream in our hearts and a mustard seed of faith that God wanted to do something here in North Texas. From there, I had the opportunity to serve on the board, participated in fundraising events, and was part of a team that saw God do some pretty incredible things to open the doors to our safe house. We took in our first resident in December of 2016 and I came on staff as Program Director in April of 2017. Working in the safe house has been a true gift. Walking alongside the residents and seeing first hand God change lives has reminded me how basic the gospel really is… to love God and love others well.

My word for the year is satisfy. The definition of that word is: “to meet the expectations, needs or desires of someone”. I know that came from the Lord as He alone can satisfy. He also knew what the heart mission for me would be this year: to continue to be a part of the community here in North Texas so we can continue to satisfy the needs of the broken. I have a dream to have not only one safe house here in North Texas but two. The need is out there, I have seen that first hand. Together, we can make an eternal difference in the lives of others. We have the privilege to change others eternities forever. And at the end of the day, when all is said and done, that is the only thing that will matter.

Thank you again for all you have done so far. We are looking forward to 2018 to see what all God has for us! Please continue to pray for RFWNTX everyday as we continue to lock arms as a community to be the light!

Sincerely,

Abby Germer