Welcome to Refuge for Women Kentucky!

Help Spread Awareness!

You can help spread awareness of human trafficking by displaying signage with warning signs to recognize and provide victims with direct access to help.


Lexington Legends Baseball Game

June 14, 2024 7:00PM  |  Wild Health Field  – You are invited to a special community event with the Lexington Legends. Join us as we ...
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Lexington’s “Changed” 2024 Gala

October 2, 2024 6:30PM  |  Limestone Hall 215 W Main St. Lexington, KY  – Join Refuge for Women Kentucky for our Changed Gala. Guest speaker, ...
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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.


Running With Purpose

Running is Katy’s happy place, her time to herself and to enjoy nature. She also loves setting big goals for herself in running and working ...
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Twenty-Four Homes in 2024

Dignity. The apartments that our residents are eagerly anticipating represent a dignified next step towards flourishing allowing women to transition back into life while staying ...
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In The News

Refuge for Women Kentucky Opens Apartment Complex

Refuge for Women Kentucky was recently featured in multiple news story highlighting the opening of the ‘Free to Flourish’ apartment complex.

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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.   

Click here to watch the full interview.

Give. Serve.

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

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

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Deanna Lynn

Executive Director

Melissa Wallace

Development Director

Kim Brooking

Transitional Living Program Director

Anna Lauren Jacobs

Community Engagement Coordinator


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…

Melissa Wallace – Development Director

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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Peyton Goodwin – Transitional Living Director

Refuge for Women Kentucky is excited to announce that Peyton Goodwin has been named Director of our new apartment complex! Peyton originally started her journey ...
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Kim Brooking – Transitional Care Manager

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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Shelly Hunt – Lousiville Community Engagement Coordinator

I love the heartbeat of Refuge for Women.  I love that we want to meet women where they are.  We take them in, get them ...
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Julian McPeak – Lexington Community Engagement Coordinator

As a teengaer, a life-changing event in my own life led me to hold a very special place in my heart for women who have ...
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Sharon Sparks – Transitional Living Assistant

When I was a sophomore in college God gave me a burden for women’s ministry, specifically women who have been exploited. I learned about Refuge ...
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Board of Directors

  • Chair: Julie Sexton, Founder and CEO of Flourish Ministries
  • Vice Chair: Steve Oglesby, Retired VP and CFO of Baptist Health
  • Treasurer: John Dundon, CFO of Kentucky Christian University
  • Secretary: Micki Thomas, Retired Yum Brands
  • Advisor: Nicole Keenan, MA, Director of Student Success & Career Development
  • Advisor: Steve Wilson, Retired Health Benefits Advisor
  • Advisor: Kimi Snowden, Kentucky Community and Technical College System: Faculty Developer and Instructor
  • Advisor: Tracy Hulberg, Director of Retirement Plan Services at Alpha Financial Partners
  • Advisor: Janet Sims, Retired Principal Consultant – Strategic HR Consulting Yum Brands

National Board Liaisons

  • Marty Lamb

  • Duncan Gardiner

Contact Refuge for Women Kentucky

Connect with our team to learn more or get involved
(859) 279-2096
P.O. Box 99 Wilmore, KY 40390

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