Purity Ceremony



The month of February was a very special month for Refuge for Women - North Texas... Graduations are obviously our favorite celebrations around here, but a very close second, if not tied for first, is whenever our residents tell us that they would like to dedicate themselves to Christ through a Purity Ceremony. There is something very special, intimate, and honorable about a Purity Ceremony.

This resident's family drove hours to surprise her and be here to support her on this important day in her journey towards freedom. She got to see her mother, sisters, niece, nephew, and little daughter for the first time months! Her family, fellow residents, staff, and volunteers all got to attend this ceremony and celebrate her dedication to Christ. It was a beautiful afternoon.During the ceremony, she wanted to share with everyone what purity meant to her. This is a snippet of what she shared that day:


"I am a survivor. I am strong. I am a mother. I am a child of God. I am a friend. I am family. I am a daughter... I was a thief, a liar, and a cheat, but now I am honest, loyal, and meek... I am a heroin addict in recovery, Jesus pulled me out of that hell, I am redeemed by his grace and mercy. I was called a junkie, a mess, a disgrace, now I am priceless, righteous by faith. People called me dirty, unclean, even worse I am sure. But today I am clean, washed white, I am pure".

Amen, amen, and amen! These are the moments that define why we do what we do.

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.