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.
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.
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.
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.
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.