Pittsburgh Emergency Housing Coming in 2022!

The Refuge for Women Emergency Housing Pittsburgh program is designed to offer women immediate access to temporary housing, crisis intervention, and other support services. The emergency housing program provides emergency shelter for female survivors of sex trafficking and sexual violence/exploitation. Our program is free to our clients; we do accept payments from Medicaid through Managed Care Organization and other third-party payments. We are unable to serve women with children that also need housing or women in need of a medically supervised detoxification program.


Pittsburgh Events

Sip & Paint Fundraiser


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Pittsburgh Events

Run for Refuge Pittsburgh

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 …

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Pittsburgh Events

Volunteer Training (remote)

Are you looking for a way to serve others in Pittsburgh? Looking for a way to give back by sharing your time and talents?  Refuge …

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Stories of Hope

Pittsburgh Refuge for Women to Launch Emergency Home

Recent headlines in Pittsburgh have highlighted the crucial need for emergency housing and the intensive trauma care needed by sex trafficking survivors. When an intensive …

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Rocco’s Story, Part Two: Putting Together the Pieces

Back within his calling with personal experiences cultivating a deep fire for the cause, Rocco Magnelli was rescuing women and children from trafficking situations on …

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Rocco’s Story, Part One: A Parent’s Fight against Addiction and Trafficking

“I do love telling a story, because it’s all about Christ, and what the Lord has done is just absolutely amazing in ten years of …

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House Needs

Thank you for helping us take care of our emergency home and our residents! We are so grateful for your generous heart! Refuge for Women Pittsburgh has an Amazon account – where we have two distinct items-for-puchase lists:

Everyday Essentials List – Our Everyday Essential List has items that we need on an ongoing basis. View List

Wish List – Our Wish List contains items that are bigger, one time purchases. View List

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Theresa Golden

Executive Director

Judy Findlay

Community Engagement Coordinator

Board of Directors

  • Linda Kricher, Ph.D, Chairman, Chief Human Resources Officer, Healthcare Software Development, Kricher Consulting Group, LLC – President
  • Rocco Magnelli, Vice Chairman, Allegheny County Children, Youth & Families CSEC Case Manager
  • Carolyn Buchanan, Treasurer, Staff Accountant, Trinity Health System

  • Katie Holler, MSW, Secretary Social Work Instructor at Franciscan University

  • Annette Grimshaw, Optometrist, Hollywood Family Eye Care
  • Amber Blair, MSW, LSW, MT-BC Executive Director, TryLife Center

  • Aaron Provenzano, Oncologist, Teramana Cancer Center

  • Brian Shivler, National SVP Sales, Progeny Health

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