Rocco’s Story, Part One: A Parent’s Fight against Addiction and Trafficking

“I do love telling a story, because it’s all about Christ, and what the Lord has done is just absolutely amazing in ten years of my life, but especially the last two or three,” Rocco Magnelli, a board member of Refuge for Women’s new Pittsburgh location, began our conversation with this disclaimer, and continued to […]

Whitney Teeler, Reflections on Her Redeemed Faith, Family and New Beginnings

In November of 2016, Whitney Teeler wrote a Facebook post, recognizing “life is taking me down the rockiest road I’ve ever been on. I’ve lost everything I’ve loved in the snap of a finger.” She was only months into an addiction that would a year beyond those words. When the post resurfaced in her memories […]

Alia’s Story: the Pursuit of God and Telling His Story

“When I left Refuge, I thought, ‘I’ll do anything, Lord, the only thing I don’t want to do is tell my story.’… and especially not to underage victims of trafficking.” Such a thought was only one of the ways Alia Dewees has found herself gifted and called beyond her own wildest expectations. As she has […]

Deanna’s Story: The Next Chapter of Living Freely in the Promises

Though the highs and lows of the sex industry are often the most highlighted chapters of victims’ stories, the persisting untold story is that of integrating: taking the healing and recovery and figuring out what it looks like in “real” life. The same challenge was the reality for Deanna Lynn, and one that so beautifully […]

T’s Story: Finding Redemption, Finding a Home

T was sitting in jail, not for the first time, when Celebrate Recovery came in. “They played the song, ‘Oceans,’ and I had this funny feeling, you know? Like, it was something that I hadn’t really experienced before,” she recounted. From that moment hearing the famed Hillsong Worship song, a spark was ignited for a […]

A’s Story: The Game-Changing Empowerment of Survivor Made

A (name withheld) wasn’t much of a drinker, nor did she hold a wild lifestyle, when she went out one night with a friend and became exceptionally inebriated. A man at the bar approached her, and asked if she wanted to get high. She accepted, and he gave her crack. She had no idea how […]

Jessica’s Story: the Redemption of the Prodigal Daughter

“I was huge into changing the world, even… as I was becoming a young adult,” Jessica Joy outlined her faithful upbringing, coupled with her fiery personality, that have both come full circle in her journey. “I was constantly starting Bible study clubs at the schools I was at. I was very much an activist. And […]