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.


National Events

Run for Refuge

Ever wanted to try a Couch-to-5K or hit a personal best time in a 10K? Are you finally crazy enough to attempt 26.2 miles in a marathon? THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! Refuge for Women is looking for volunteers to Run for …

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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.

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 Care Manager

Advisory Board of Directors

Board President

Jonathan Kaman, Associate Attorney: Zanck, Coen, Wright & Saladin, P.C.

Board Treasurer

Sheri Jesiel, Former State Representative, Business Manager

Board Secretary

Valeyne Grotrian, Owner: Agora Coaching & Training Solutions, LLC

Board Members

  • Terri Greeno, Owner: Express Employment Professionals
  • Theresa Voge Kaman, Assistant State’s Attorney, McHenry County
  • Eric Moore, Marketing Manager: McDonald’s Corporation
  • Ana Morado, Family School Liaison & Real Estate Agent: School District 300 & Keller Williams Realty
  • Troy Owens, Attorney/Partner: Owens & Laughlin LLC
  • Dr. Marsha Vaughn, PhD, LMFT, Professor of Couple and Family Therapy: Adler University

Contact Refuge for Women Chicago

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