Refuge for Women Las Vegas team members pose in the organization’s new residential home on opening day, November 1, 2015. Top row (L to R): Sandy Small, Danielle Smith and Lisa Lopez. Middle row (L to R): Bri Abscher, Erin Whalen, Melissa Ferrer, Alissa Eller and Rachel Ball. Bottom: Karen Diers, Las Vegas City Director.
Refuge for Women Las Vegas team members pose in the organization’s new residential home on opening day, November 1, 2015. Top row (L to R): Sandy Small, Danielle Smith and Lisa Lopez. Middle row (L to R): Bri Abscher, Erin Whalen, Melissa Ferrer, Alissa Eller and Rachel Ball. Bottom: Karen Diers, Las Vegas City Director.

Refuge for Women Opens Doors to New Home in Las Vegas, Providing Restoration and Healing for Women Exploited by the Sex Industry

Non-profit organization that provides new life for women launches local residential program

After more than a year of establishing a foundation and operations in Las Vegas, Refuge for Women has opened its doors to its Las Vegas residential program. Founded in Kentucky nearly six years ago by Executive Director Ked Frank, Refuge for Women is a residential program that provides women who have been affected by the sex industry – commonly sex trafficking, prostitution or pornography – the chance to develop and work on a “Life Plan” focusing on physical and emotional health, spiritual growth, education and essential skills necessary for a stable and productive life.

Refuge for Women is a 3-phase program that can last up to 12 months. The home is located in a safe setting that creates a family atmosphere for residents to experience healing with few distractions. The key aspects of the Refuge for Women program are sobriety, healing from trauma and rebuilding trust. A seven-month verbal commitment is required from each resident entering the program.

During the first phase of Refuge for Women, the program works closely with each woman to heal any trauma from her past and help rebuild her innate value and feelings of self-worth, in an effort to increase her emotional, mental, and spiritual health. During the second phase, the program teaches various skills to equip each woman to enter the workplace with confidence and the ability to succeed and thrive. In phase three, residents enter into an employment program for two months, and also have the option to receive three months of additional residential care. During this phase, Refuge for Women works closely with partner organizations and businesses to find women gainful employment that can supply their needs and the needs of their families. During their time at Refuge for Women, residents will have the opportunity to serve other women through volunteering and internship, or may choose to pursue resources towards further education and stable employment.

“We are thrilled about opening the first residence for Refuge for Women in Las Vegas,” said Karen Diers, Las Vegas City Director for the organization. “It’s been a long road of rallying support and volunteers, hosting fundraising events and preparing for this moment. We are now ready to fill the need of restoration and healing to women in Las Vegas who seek a way out of the sex industry.”

Although residential operations are now underway, contributions are still needed to sustain programs. Refuge for Women is in continual need of monetary donations to fund the program, as well as tangible donations including non-perishable food and toiletries. Additionally, volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis to serve as teachers, mentors, counselors, drivers, dietitians and fitness experts. Additional volunteer opportunities include hosting a house party for potential volunteers, or joining a volunteer team, prayer team, events team, or assisting with communications. To get involved, visit http://RefugeforWomen.org or email Margaret Nitzel at margaretnitzel@gmail.com.

About Refuge for Women

Originally founded in Kentucky in 2009, Refuge for Women is a non-profit organization that provides a holistic journey for women who have been exploited by the sex industry. Refuge for Women provides a residential healing environment in a family setting so that women can recover, find meaning in their lives, and fulfill their dreams. Women involved in the program receive counseling, education, healing, life skills training, job preparation and career coaching. The success rate is highly effective in that 94% of the women that complete the program become responsible citizens with working jobs, while regaining respect and confidence within society. Refuge for Women serves multiple metropolitan areas across the U.S. with operations in Las Vegas, Kentucky, Chicago, North Texas and South Florida.

For more information, visit Refuge for Women online at http://RefugeforWomen.org, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Refuge-for-Women-356071512975/ or Twitter at @LVRefuge4Women.