Chicago

Welcome to Refuge for Women Chicago!

TAKE A TOUR OF OUR CHICAGOLAND AREA PROGRAM HOME, ESTABLISHED IN 2016!

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.

Events

Chicago Events

Break Through Benefit Concert

WHEN May 26th, 20226:00pm WHERE Niko’s Red Mill Tavern1040 Lake Ave,Woodstock, IL Event Details Will you be the reason survivors break through to find freedom and …

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National Events

FREE Book Download: The Refuge For Women Story

Download a FREE PDF of the Refuge for Women Story by filling out the form below. 

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National Events

Becoming Fearless: A Podcast Helping Pre-Teens and Teens Become Fearless Women of God

EPISODE GUIDE Subscribe HERE SEASON 1 – FAMILY SEASON 2 – FRIENDSHIPS SEASON 3 – BECOMING FEARLESS WITH YOUR STORY  

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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 meredith.hodge@refugeforwomen.org.

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 sandi.moore@refugeforwomen.org 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 sandi.moore@refugeforwomen.org 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.

Leadership

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

Sandi Moore

Community Engagement Coordinator

Local Board of Directors

Board Chair

Troy Owens, Attorney/Partner: Owens & Laughlin LLC

Board Treasurer

Walter Wolf, 

Board Secretary

Eric Moore, Marketing Manager: McDonald’s Coorporation

Board Members

  • Terri Greeno, Owner: Express Employment Professionals
  • Theresa Voge Kaman, Assistant State’s Attorney, McHenry County
  • Kim Stevenson, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Ana Morado, Family School Liaison & Real Estate Agent: School District 300 & Keller Williams Realty
  • Dr. Marsha Vaughn, PhD, LMFT, Professor of Couple and Family Therapy: Adler University

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