Welcome to Refuge for Women Chicago!


As many as 25,000 women and girls are sexually exploited and trafficked in the Chicago area every year. Refuge for Women has responded to this need and opened our Refuge for Women Chicago area home in October 2016. We received our first residents in November 2016 and look forward to what God has in store for their future.


The Truth About Trafficking

January 18, 2023 7:00PM  |  Willow Creek Church  | Join community leaders for a critical discussion on trafficking and exploitation. Learn myths vs. reality, risk …

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Gala at the Farmstead

September 15, 2022 6:00PM  |  The Lincoln Farmstead  |  Join us for an uplifting, energetic evening with dinner and drinks, live music and a Gala …

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Invite Refuge For Women To Present

Awareness and prevention is key! Bring Refuge to your group, office, or school to shed light on the issues surrounding sex trafficking and exploitation. Contact

Donate Gift Cards

Gift cards give us flexibility for our on-demand and unexpected needs at the house. We appreciate gift cards to: Amazon, Walmart, Target, Walgreens, gas stations, craft stores, and chain restaurants. Contact for more info.

Be a Supply Partner

Supply Partners help provide household items for our program home like food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and other necessities. This is a great way for church groups, businesses, and families to get involved! Contact for more info on becoming a Supply Partner.


House Needs

Often our residents will arrive with only the clothes on their back. Items on this registry will help us provide for her daily needs!

We do our best to update our needs list frequently. You can order directly from our My Registry list to be shipped to our office.

Give. Shop. Serve.

Give monthly. Give once. Just give. All donations help restore hope.

Shop for artisan candles,  and leather goods crafted by our survivors.

Offer your time and talents for the benefit of our mission.


Meredith Hodge

Executive Director

Michelle Marzelli

Executive Director Assistant

Nina Downs

Program Director

Donna Gauthier

Assistant Program Director

Lauren Wiens

Grant Manager

Joan Ruzevich

Transitional Living Director

Sandi Moore

Community Engagement Coordinator

Local Board of Directors

Board Chair

Troy Owens: Managing Member, Owens Law LLC; Assistant State’s Attorney, McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office

Board Treasurer

Walter Wolf: Finance/Accounting Professional (retired)

Board Secretary

Kim Stevenson: MA, NBCC, Licensed Professional Counselor

Board Members

  • Terri Greeno: Owner, Express Employment Professionals
  • Michelle Lieb: Founder and CEO, MKL Intentional Growth
  • Ana Morado: Dual Language Teacher, Huntley Park District; Real Estate Broker, Baird & Warner Realty
  • Dr. Marsha Vaughn, PhD, LMFT: Professor of Couple and Family Therapy, Adler University

Contact Refuge for Women Chicago

Connect with our team to learn more or get involved
620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60012

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