Refuge Women’s Residential Ministry

Phase 1: Discovery

30-45 Days

In Phase 1, we desire to be a safe place for every woman to discover God and to experience unconditional love and acceptance. This is where they began to see what it looks like to be a woman in God’s sight.

  • Safe environment, free from drugs/alcohol and other distractions
  • Structured and secluded environment
  • Development opportunities for mind, body, and spirit
  • Personal development small groups
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Comprehensive, individual plan for personal growth based on biblical study

No outside contact is permitted, so that the women can focus on growing personally and with Christ. 

Phase 2: Relational

4 Months

The “Relational Phase”  Here, women begin to develop an intimate relationship with God as well as learning to trust and rely on each other. This is where they take advantage of tools, skills, and workplace training to be able to be successful women not only in community, but in their homes and future careers. 

  • Focus on relationships – with God, herself, others, and God’s creation.
  • Regular emphasis on the study of God’s Word, praise and worship, serving, giving,  curriculum, and connecting to the body of Christ beyond the Refuge.
  • Relational growth is focused on sacrifice, discipleship, mothering, sisterhood, conflict resolution, and submitting to authority/peer evaluation in regards to our 7 Principles.
  • One on one counseling focused on discovering how God created her uniquely and redeeming her story to use as a vehicle to serve the Lord.
  • Bi-weekly workplace training allows for slow and steady accommodation to the workplace, with growing accountability and responsibility.
  • Focused training and activities so that the women can grow: spiritually, financially, emotionally, physically, relationally and practically.


The restoration process with friends and family begins slowly and gently through weekly phone calls, letter writing and a once a month in-person visit at Family Day as appropriate. 

Phase 3: Application

4 Months

The “Application Phase”, is the next four months of commitment. Here, the process more closely resembles what most would consider “regular life”. Women work 30-40 hours per week and have more freedom to make choices, while still under the authority and obeying the rules of the Refuge.

  • Women work 30-40 hours per week, paying for the majority of their way through the ministry and investing in the women behind them
  • Make a small monthly stipend to start saving or spending as they choose
  • Focus shifts to prayer and preparation for the future as women are trained in one of “2  Pathways” – trainings to serve them in life after the Refuge
  • Engaged in the local church and community.
  • Volunteer coaches meet with the women weekly to walk alongside them as they begin to prepare for life after the Refuge
  • May begin making monthly home visits.

The restoration process with friends and family continues with weekly phone calls, letter writing and a once a month in-person visit at Family Day as appropriate. Additional contact with children may be permitted at staff discretion.

Phase 4: Launch

4 Months

The “Launch” rounds out the final 4 months of a woman’s 12-month commitment. The focus is on preparing women to return to society as cherished women of God, with a developed life plan and ongoing support. Women are given more autonomy than anywhere else in the ministry, while they also have more responsibility – to serve the community and the church, to pour back into the women behind them, and to set a good example for all the women in Phases 1-3. We raise up these women as leaders in the ministry, so that they can also learn to lead in their homes, churches, and communities as the women of God they were created to be.

  • Women continue to hold a full-time job through partnering employers.
  • Begin building a life plan and career portfolio that will help them find gainful employment before leaving the ministry.
  • Connect with a long term mentor for personal growth and development
  • Freedom is given but responsibility and accountability are key
  • Allowing space for mothers to learn and adapt to life with their children.

Phone calls and letters still permitted, along with weekend home visits every two weeks. Additional freedom may be given the last month of the ministry to figure out housing and transportation needs. 

Ultimately, changing women’s lives by breaking the bonds of addiction, trafficking, abuse and hopelessness will thereby change their families, their churches, their communities and their cities. To God be the glory!


1 Peter 3:4 (NIV)  Rather, it should be that of your inner self,the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,which is of great worth in God’s sight.