"I wanted to come to the Refuge because I was in complete despair. I wanted a new way of life because I knew my way wasn't working. I had hit my bottom, and I was ready for change. I have already gotten so much out of this program. I have been given love, guidance, encouragement, and the truth about who I am in Christ. Prostitution was normalcy for me. My body became a commodity, and I was immune and desensitized to the cold, dark world of the sex industry. It changed everything about me: the way I viewed myself and the world around me. I didn't even know that good people still existed in this world until I came to the Refuge. Now I am surrounded by them. I have gained a new sense of normalcy, and I won’t ever settle for anything less."
"I came to this place feeling completely broken from using for over 10 years, having so much deep pain in my heart from being abusing and molested. I was running away from myself and found something amazing, my God. I found a new me and a new way to live. This program has helped me in so many ways, and I am so grateful for that because I won’t ever go back to the way it used to be. I have a new identity, my identity in Christ. I am a child of God, and because of that, I am worthy!"
"I came here because of a particular turn of events in the better direction for a woman that was lost, confused, abused, and on the banks of giving up. The Almighty God stepped in, got my attention, and equipped me with strength to make the necessary steps. I had some things to take care of and clear up along the way…But when God opens a door, circumstances cannot shut it. It’s amazing how He makes all things work together for the ones who love Him. Thank God I’m here; thank God I made it."
"I decided to come here in December because I had already been incarcerated for 71 days for prostitution. When I got out, my daughter told me that she never wanted to see or talk to me again. I wanted better in my life. I wanted my kids to accept me. So my friend connected me with the Dream Center, and they connected me with Refuge for Women. Eighteen years in the sex industry, and I had nothing to show for it. At first, I was doing this just for my children, to gain their approval. But now, I have found an intimacy with a man named Jesus. I already have his approval. He loves and accepts me. Now, I am doing this for him."
-Four of our grateful Refuge guests