Welcome to Refuge for Women Kentucky!


HOPE ’23 Gala

November 1, 2023 6:30PM  |  Mane on Main Lexington, KY  – Refuge for Women Kentucky invites you to the “Hope ’23” Gala to raise life-transforming …

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YOU can be a part of providing for:

  • The ONE that is traumatized.
  • The ONE that is oppressed.
  • The ONE that is in desperate need of safety.
  • The ONE that Jesus wants to meet!
Help us get the word out about the ONE Campaign by sharing and using #TheRefugeOne and #RefugeForWomen.

In The News

Refuge for Women Kentucky Awarded Gold Certification

Refuge for Women is the first program in the nation to be awarded a Gold level of certification from the national Safe House Certification, provided by Safe House Project. Refuge for Women is a Kentucky based residential program providing therapeutic and restorative services to survivors of trafficking through the program’s three phase continuum of care.

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Community Engagement Coordinator Speaks On Mission

Watch as Anna Lauren Jacobs, our Community Engagement Coordinator, joins local station ABC36 to talk about the realities of sex trafficking in our communities and how to get involved.   

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Meet Our New Executive Director - Deanna Lynn

She was the first Refuge for Women graduate to complete the one year program. This was back when there was one sweet house with 8 beds for exploited and trafficked women on a farm in KY. Since graduating the program in 2012, she has earned a Master’s Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and has been a speaker for Fight the New Drug, National Center on Sexual Exploitation, National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance and various podcasts ranging from theology to trauma and trafficking…

Staff Spotlight – Melissa Wallace

Melissa Wallace is a native of Kentucky. She and her husband, Steven, reside in Lagrange, KY with their daughter and golden retriever. Melissa loves to …

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Staff Spotlight – Kim Brooking

Kim has been married to Bruce for 47 years, with 3 grown sons and 10 grandchildren! She first became aware of RFW approximately 12 years …

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Staff Spotlight – Anna Lauren Jacobs

Anna Lauren Jacobs has been a volunteer with RFW for a couple of years, and came on staff this spring. Connecting with Refuge for Women …

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Deanna Lynn

Executive Director

Melissa Wallace

Development Director

Kim Brooking

Transitional Living Program Director

Anna Lauren Jacobs

Community Engagement Coordinator

Board of Directors

  • Bruce Brooking – Vice-Board Chair
  • John Dundon – Treasurer
  • Sonia Cattoi – Secretary

  • Greg Turcotte
  • Nicole Keenan
  • Mike Harrod

National Board Liaisons

  • Marty Lamb

  • Duncan Gardiner

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