We are excited to let you know that in the next 18 months, there will be a Refuge for Women house in Chicago! Last week, we held our first board meeting where a group of individuals that are committed to seeing a place of escape for sexually exploited women came together. Anne Polencheck is leading the charge and leadership is being put in place to oversee the prayer ministry, communications, development, and more.
It is important to have branches of Refuge for Women outside of Kentucky to better serve those in need. Each exploited woman has a set of needs and at times those needs do not permit her to travel long distances. These needs may consist of children in the area or legal challenges that don’t permit traveling over state lines. A local house will be available for those that need to stay. Individuals that need to escape the area will be able to relocate to a different state that has a Refuge for Women.
We have a 3-phase approach to establishing the ministry in the Chicago area. In the first phase, we will be laying a foundation with a board of directors holding monthly meetings and establishing a 501 © 3 non-profit. In the second phase, we will begin to establish partners in the Chicago community. These partners will provide resource and work opportunities for guests that come through the program. The cost of establishing the ministry in Chicago will be around $300,000.00 annually. In the third phase, we will begin implementation and beds will be available to be filled. We plan for this to occur in 2015.