Refuge for Women

From a Daughter: Beauty From Ashes

From a Daughter: Beauty From Ashes

This story is written by the daughter of a women who is currently in the Refuge for Women long-term care program: 

"My older sister and I were abandoned by our mother when we were small children. We
were literally left at the babysitter. (I would later hear the story and understand why she
left ) I did not "meet" my mother until I was 15 as there was no contact during my
childhood at all. My dad was in prison for most of my life. During this time I was raised
by another relative. While in her home I was sexually abused by an uncle at the age of 7
until the age of 14. When I was 15 I came out about the abuse, and when I did not
receive the help and protection I needed, I reached out to my mom.

Esther's Story

Esther's Story

Meet Esther*, the first survivor who got a job through Restore’s Economic Empowerment program.

Two years ago, before the program officially launched, Esther, a then-resident of our Safehome, expressed her need for safe employment.

Esther was a divorced mother and was desperate to reunify with her young daughter. She had been trafficked to the United States one year earlier with a group of women from her home country. “Eight women and one man,” she recalled. The man she traveled with forced her to work and kept her locked in a house with the other victims. Eventually, when her trafficker was away, she and one other woman escaped.

Run for a Reason

Run for a Reason

The strong scent of perfume, hairspray, and alcohol surrounded me. My heart was pounding, and my palms were sweaty. I had never done anything like this before. “Here I am, in the dressing room of a strip club,” I thought to myself. Walking towards the end of the room, I turned around to look at my surroundings. On my right was a row of 50 lockers, 25 on top, and 25 on the bottom. “Star, Kayla, Cookie, Angel, Honey, Missy, and Nikki,” some of them read. To my left was a mirror that canvassed the entire wall, and below it was a makeup table just as long.