Refuge for Women Ohio Valley is OPEN!

About Refuge for Women Ohio Valley:

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We were very excited to welcome our first three residents at Refuge for Women Ohio Valley!  The women have all expressed appreciation for a program to help them heal and overcome their past.  All three women are adjusting to their new schedule and to the employees at the house.   This past week we were able to get them established with the therapist as well as a primary care provider for routine medical care as needed.  In addition to the staff onsite, Ohio Valley also has an amazing Board of Directors and volunteers who have helped prepare the house for the residents and welcomed them to our community.

 
Tameka, Program Director and City Director, Theresa.

Tameka, Program Director and City Director, Theresa.

 

The residents attended Crossroads Christian Church on Sunday and two of them were very excited to participate in the annual Christ Walk that was held on Good Friday.  The Christ Walk is a way for Jesus's people to come together in solidarity to show our love of Christ and the ultimate sacrifice He made for us to the community.  The walk is 7 miles from Steubenville to Wintersville while different participants take turns carrying a cross. We stop at different locations to pray for the communities and end the walk with a time of worship and praise.

Refuge for Women Ohio Valley is continuing to increase awareness of Human Trafficking as well as the services we are able to provide in our community.  Our current need and focus is on increasing our monthly "Freedom Fighters".  

Church by the Book Growth Workshop

Church by the Book Growth Workshop

Tameka and Jennifer

Tameka and Jennifer

 
Women’s Club Speaking Event

Women’s Club Speaking Event

 
Program Director and PD Assistant’s Office

Program Director and PD Assistant’s Office

Jill, Program Director Assistant

Jill, Program Director Assistant

Crossroads Youth Group Service Project Night

Crossroads Youth Group Service Project Night

Julie, Administrative Assistant

Julie, Administrative Assistant

 
Construction volunteers building a pantry

Construction volunteers building a pantry

 

What Happens to a Refuge for Women Resident Once They Graduate? Where Are They Now?

 
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Cyndi Kness graduated from Refuge for Women in January of 2018. Cyndi also chose to complete the Refuge for Women Aftercare program and then entered into a host family sponsored by one of our Church Partners, Oasis Baptist Church. Cyndi lived with her host family for three months while she made some final preparations. After graduation while in the Refuge Aftercare Program, Cyndi completed her CNA schooling and passed the Nevada State Board for CNA certification. She then began working full time for DelMar Gardens as a CNA. After a few months, Cyndi had the opportunity to move back home to North Dakota, where she has been reunited with her children and grandchildren. Cyndi is on the move once again as her daughter’s family is relocating to Florida and they have invited Cyndi to move with them. Once settled in Florida, Cyndi will be transferring her CNA license to Florida and continuing on with her career of serving people.

Service Project in a Box

REFUGE FOR WOMEN OHIO VALLEY

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Here in Ohio we held our first Service Project in a Box event in our community with the Jefferson County Christian School Students.  This day was part of a school-wide event to learn and participate in local ministries.   After prayer and fasting throughout the week to prepare for the day, nine high school boys and girls made bracelets while learning about dangers of social media in relation to human trafficking.  The students, along with their teacher, a parent and our City Director, then distributed the bracelets at a local high-rise apartment building downtown.  The students would talk with tenants who stopped by about the importance of awareness of human trafficking in our area and encouraged them to pray for those who are being exploited.

Since this event Refuge has received invitations to present two additional Service projects and speak at two upcoming local events.   We are so excited to not only provide residential services but to also be a part of prevention programs and awareness. The Ohio Valley area has been very receptive to our mission and have shown a great desire to be involved!

Matthew 18:12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?”