Refuge Transition Home
Take a Peek at Refuge Home Life
Home is being loved “as you are.” It is that safe space of belonging where each one can battle his or her struggles without shame while also discovering his or her purpose and place in the world. Home is forever a place of refuge.
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Gett to Know our Counselors
I’ve worked at the Refuge for eight years and four months. I am hardworking and have overcome many challenges and trials in my life because God has always been with me. I am an affectionate, patient, friendly person with a gift of serving others. I have four daughters, Carmen, 27, Celenia, 25, Suyapa, 23, and Nelsy, 20. When I was first hired to work at the Refuge I was going through a financial crisis in my home. I remember that I worked hard so that I could take home my check on payday. Over time, I noticed that I began to do my job because of my love for the children and adolescents. It wasn’t the paycheck that motivated me anymore. I give thanks to God that He still has me here, continuing to serve the residents at the Refuge.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Please pray for my spiritual life, for Mission Lazarus, and for two of our residents, Yasmin and Katy, who both have chronic illnesses that affect their quality of life.
I’ve worked at the Refuge for just over a year. I am a God-fearing person, serious, responsible, and I love to help others in need. I’m a single mom and I feel really proud because with God’s help, I believe I am giving my children a good example of how to live, despite everything. I have two girls, Fabiola, 14, and Saydi, 9. I thank God every day for our little family. They love God and follow the example that I and their grandmother model for them. When I came to the mission for a job, I never imagined all of the things I would learn, above all things, how I would mature spiritually. I still have much more to learn, but I thank God that He has given me the opportunity in my workplace to get to know God, and His word, more profoundly.
I love Psalm 23, because at the end of our earthly trials, “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Please pray for my family, and I will pray for those who give to the work of God in this place, that He will open every door that your hands touch. God bless you!
Celebrate each Journey
We find ways to value all of life’s experiences. Our home is different than the others in that it is for our residents as they legally “age out” of care but have not yet completed their high school, vocational, or university studies. The environment is intentionally different so that these residents gradually acquire greater personal and communal responsibility for successful independence. This includes learning skills such as time management, finances, cooking, negotiating living space and home chores, working part-time, tolerating different personalities, and communicating maturely with other adults, in addition to handling their personal academic load.
Discover their Dreams
Take a peek at the future that each resident envisions for himself/herself: Luz Marina wants to have her own small business where she teaches computer classes, and she also wants to teach music. Lucidalia wants to be an artist and travel to other countries to learn more about art and culture. Victor and Yefrin both want to be agricultural engineers because they love to work with animals and tend crops. Jesus wants to be a foreign language teacher. Mariano dreams of being an architect and his sister Genesis wants to be a psychologist. Ismael wants to be a preacher and tell people about Jesus. Every single one of them mention that they want to support their families and make their community better.
Pray for Tomorrow
1. We are a home with special needs. We manage multiple medications for epilepsy and ADHD, and also perform OT and speech/language services in our home. These residents see medical specialists and a psychologist on a regular basis.
2. Transitions. Next year Yefrin and Genesis will be entering middle school. Lucidalia and Luz Marina will reside in our home for young adults, as they “age out” of government custody. We will continue their residential and academic support until they can become independent professionals. We are looking for additional support for their college funds.