Merry Christmas to all of you! In the midst of the holiday rush and celebration, I wanted to take a moment to share a heartfelt message that has been resonating with me lately. A dear friend spoke about how our lives should serve as a “Cathedral of Hope.” This powerful concept has me reflecting on what it truly means and how it aligns with the mission of Refuge for Women, a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to serving survivors of sex trafficking.
For me, the essence of a Cathedral of Hope is embodied in the birth of Jesus—the light of the world, born in a humble manger to bring hope and healing to all. This is the guiding principle that fuels the heart of Refuge for Women—to be a beacon of hope in a dark world, offering healing to the courageous women we have the privilege to serve.
But being a Cathedral of Hope isn’t exclusive to organizations; it’s a call for each of us as individuals to radiate hope in the midst of darkness. Christmas is not always an easy time for the survivors we support. Memories and experiences from the past may cast shadows over the joyous season. Yet, it is precisely in these moments that we, as “cathedrals of hope,” can make a profound impact.
As you scroll through the photos of our Christmas Trees adorning each of our six locations across the United States, know that they represent more than festive decorations. They symbolize our commitment to being a Cathedral of Hope for our residents. On Christmas morning, we have the incredible opportunity to bring the light of Jesus into their lives, offering hope and healing in a tangible and meaningful way.
Your continued support has made all of this possible, and we are deeply grateful. Together, we are making a difference—one life at a time. As we approach the end of the year, I want to express my heartfelt thanks and encourage you to continue being a Cathedral of Hope in this dark world. Your generosity, prayers, and commitment are instrumental in bringing transformation and renewal to the lives of the women we serve.
May the spirit of Christmas inspire us to be beacons of hope, spreading light and love wherever we go. Wishing you a blessed holiday season and a joyous New Year!
For The One,
Abby Germer – President, Refuge for Women