Wheeler To Host Meetings To Support Exploited Women Through 'Refuge for Women'

State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) will host a series of informational meetings about Refuge for Women to aid women who have been victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. The four available meetings will take place on January 19 at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus at 2710 S. Country Club Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. The meetings are open to anyone interested in helping bring the mission of Refuge for Women to the local area this spring and aid in the funding effort for their new facility.

“Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of women is a much more pervasive practice than many of us realize,” said Wheeler. “Unfortunately, even when a woman is able to escape her exploitation, the road to recovery and her ability to regain self-worth is not an easy one. Refuge for Women has a very successful program to help women recover, heal and find meaningful employment, but it takes a community to succeed.”

WHAT:       Community meeting on new Refuge for Women facility

WHO:         Rep. Wheeler
                     The public
                     Refuge for Women

WHEN:        January 19, 2016
                     1st meeting: 8 a.m.
                     2nd meeting: 9:30 a.m.
                     3rd meeting: 12 noon
                     4th meeting: 2 p.m.

WHERE:    Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
                    2710 S. Country Club Road
                    Woodstock, IL 60098

To learn more, get involved and RSVP for any of the four meeting times offered, please call (847) 973-0064 or email wheeler@ilhousegop.org.

This spring, Refuge for Women will be opening a facility in the area to implement their 12 month, 3 phrase program for victims, but it takes a community of dedicated people and funding to make this a reality.

Read below to learn more about Refuge for Women or visit: www.refugeforwomen.org.

Refuge for Women is a 3-phase program that lasts up to 12 months. A safe place has been created for residents to experience healing with few distractions. There are 22 beds in a rural setting that creates a family atmosphere to work the program. The key aspects of the Refuge for Women program are sobriety, healing from trauma and rebuilding trust. A seven-month verbal commitment is required from each resident entering the program.

Refuge for Women is a certified Recovery Dynamics facility. The staff have been trained and certified to implement the recovery dynamics material to assist with the recovery of substance abuse in our residents. Along with this material each resident will receive 12 sessions of counseling from our Phase 2 Director who is a Clinical Pastoral Counselor.

The process of entering Refuge for Women begins when a potential resident completes the online application. An interview with the Directors will be scheduled and a decision made if the potential new resident will be accepted into the program. The rules and curriculum for each phase will be sent to a potential resident as they consider if this program is a good fit for their recovery. There are no restrictions to age, race, gender or religious affiliation.

Phase 1
Healing - 4 Months
During this phase, we work closely with each woman to heal any trauma from their past and help them rebuild their innate value and feelings of self-worth. We long to increase their emotional, mental, and spiritual health.

Phase 2
Job Prep - 3 Months
During this phase, we teach assorted skills to equip every woman to enter the workplace with confidence and the ability to succeed and thrive.

Phase 3
Employment - 2 Months (with an option of 3 months aftercare)
During this phase, we work closely with partner organizations and businesses to find women gainful employment that can supply their needs and the needs of their families.