When I first came to Refuge for Women on February 16th, 2012, I had no hope, no love for myself or others, no good outlook for my future, no trust in God, and a very low self esteem. I was full of doubt, worry, fear, and anxiety; yet, I knew I just couldn’t go on as I had been living. The staff, volunteers, the other guests, and the Aulick's showed me nothing but love. At first, it was overwhelming because I didn’t feel worthy of such unconditional love. My guard was still up, so I barely said a word for 2 months, yet the love and encouragement kept coming. As time went on, I began to see and accept what was right before me: God’s unconditional love brought to me through other people. I’m grateful that the Refuge for Women had patience and was willing to see me through anything and everything that I was going through. I’m forever grateful. Never in my life have I been showed so much love and support. Over the past year I have come a long way from where I was at. I have a relationship WITH God and others (mostly women.) My self-worth still goes up and down, yet it is better because I am learning to trust and believe in myself. Thank you Team Refuge and God for not giving up on me and seeing in me what I refuse to see. My life is so much better. I may not be where I want to be, but right now, I’m right where I’m supposed to be. God has pulled me out of the "scrap heap" of life, and I am well on my way.
My favorite scripture is Galatians 5:1
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty in which Christ Jesus has set you free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
Frances, a grateful graduate of RFW as of 2/16/13