Mary Just Had A Breakthrough

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“Mary just had a breakthrough!”  

When I received that text from Nina, our program director, my soul jumped for joy.  Mary is a new resident, and like any new resident, establishing healthy new rhythms of life takes time:

  • time to learn one’s way around a new house

  • time to live with structure

  • time to laugh

  • time to achieve recovery milestones

  • time to face the impact of trauma

  • time to believe things can be different

Breakthroughs are often small, but they are cumulative and we celebrate each and every one with acknowledgement, encouragement and sometimes even gifts that our supporters donate for our residents.

One of our favorite celebration gift times is when a resident gets to look through our beautiful bin of brand new LuLaRoe leggings in acknowledgement of a breakthrough or milestone. Our residents are always touched by the kindness and generosity of people who believe in them and who provide such fun and lovely gifts.  We could not do this ministry without a diversity of support systems and partnerships and having celebration gifts from donors is just one simple, yet important piece of the restorative journey.

Welcome to the Ohio Valley!

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Welcome to the Ohio Valley!! We are very excited for our house to become a part of Refuge for Women, INC and are looking forward to where God is leading!

Theresa Golden is the City Director here at Refuge for Women – Ohio Valley.  Theresa has a servant’s heart and a passion to care for those who are not able to care for themselves.   Her compassion for others has continued to grow over the last 25 years as a Registered Nurse as well as her desire to demonstrate God’s love to those for whom she has met. She has been an active member in Church life and has served as a Sunday school teacher, Youth Leader, Small group leader and currently is on a prayer ministry team. Theresa and her husband Chatt have 3 adult children – Macklyn, Kaitlyn and Jacob and a soon to be son-in-law Joshua.  They enjoy the outdoors, spending time with friends, going on mission trips and taking cruises with their family.

We would also like to welcome our new Program Director, Tameka Ely.  She has been an advocate for women over the last 14 years. She has had a strong desire to reach the hurting and lost while encouraging others in her service to God. Tameka has served in the church nursery, Upwards Basketball, Kidz summer program and as a Counselor at Elkhorn Valley Christian Summer camp. Her previous work experience has included working as an optician, a yoga instructor and managing two sober living homes for women.  She enjoys spending time with her three boys Isaiah, Jourdo and Dallas whom she previously homeschooled, serving in her church and community, dancing the bachata, and recreational outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and running.

Refuge for Women - Ohio Valley is currently in the process of hiring additional staff and will be accepting new residents as of April 1, 2019.  We look forward to providing a place of safety and healing while the women develop skills leading to a healthy and balanced life along with financial independence.

Sexual Exploitation Awareness Q&A Event

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As we are all aware, January was National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month, which means we stayed very busy! Our biggest “win” of January was hosting our first ever Sexual Exploitation Awareness Q&A event. We had an amazing panel put together that presented a diversified, broad, informational, and engaging discussion around the topic of sexual exploitation and trafficking in our communities.

On our panel we had Bill Haddon with Collin County Human Trafficking Task Force, Sarolyn Morgan with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Dennis Ozment- a private investigator, Executive Director for 4theONE, and Chair of C7 Human Trafficking Coalition, Carrie Gurley with Valiant Hearts- a frontline ministry in the Colleyville/Southlake area, and Christine Manos- our Program Director at Refuge for Women North Texas.

We were so encouraged by the turnout! Around 150 were in attendance. The North Texas community continues to show up and learn more about this issue in our communities and have a deep desire to get personally involved in combating it. We are so very grateful!