MY REFUGE HOUSE

Restoring One Life At A Time

Arcadia, CA   |  www.myrefugehouse.org

Mission

My Refuge House is a 501(c)3 ministry that provides a safe home to empower and restore survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and abuse. We journey together toward hope, healing, and restoration with survivors and communities impacted by sexual exploitation in the Philippines.

Ruling year info

2009

CEO

Heather Bland

Main address

255 E. Santa Clara Street Suite 100

Arcadia, CA 91006 USA

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EIN

36-4644941

NTEE code info

International Human Rights (Q70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Human trafficking exists, and the world needs effective, evidence-based interventions (i.e., counseling & education). These interventions must take place in the Philippines to prevent trafficking & to provide healing and restoration to girls there who have been survived human trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Restoration Long Term Aftercare

Provides comprehensive residential therapeutic care for 18 survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and abuse who are working toward elementary and high school completion.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Women and girls

Provides support to survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and abuse who are launching to independence through college, vocational, and work programs.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Women and girls

Leads a collaborative effort with organizations, schools, and churches to provide preventive education in Filipino communities.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Families

Works with each girl to identify and develop her supports beyond the walls of My Refuge House. Develops and implements personalized reintegration plans with each girl and her identified family/community. From our mentoring program to our family outreach, it is important to help our girls connect with the life they will live when they leave our care. Each quarter, we host a day where all of the families get together and play, focused on building healthy relationships.

Population(s) Served
Families
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

My Refuge House provides community outreach and rehabilitative aftercare programs in Cebu, Philippines for newly rescued survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation. Holistic, research-based care is provided to all as we partner with impacted individuals, families, and communities.

We want to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of the girls in our care, and we also want to create a ripple effect of change within the wider community.

We believe that every person's story is worthy of hope, love, and transformation. Faithfully focused on RESTORING ONE LIFE AT A TIME, we continue to be on a journey of hope and healing with individuals, families, and communities impacted by commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse. We now focus on three areas of impact: Prevention- Restoration-Reintegration.

Over the next 2 years, we have three primary strategic goals for our programs:
1. Strengthen community prevention program through partnership development at the family, barangay, and school levels.
2. Increase family intervention/impact through expansion of educational scholarship and livelihood assistance to family members.
3. Strengthen the health and wellness program of MRH through creating/building safe spaces for physical, mental and spiritual aspects for girls and staff (i.e. playground, sport equipment, etc).

Our programming has evolved through the years to meet the changing needs. We are grateful that we are large enough to see patterns and small enough to pivot.

We have prioritized both hiring and cultivating an excellent and committed staff and organizational board, and building strong collaborative relationships with community partners and donors.

We have increased our long-term capacity, added a transitional program for girls entering young adulthood, and developed a community outreach program focused on prevention, advocacy, and collaboration/leadership with other organizations.

We have also expanded and are currently piloting our more structured and formalized work with families.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MY REFUGE HOUSE

Board of directors
as of 8/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jessica Kwon-Nguyen

MemorialCare Medical Foundation

Term: 2018 - 2022

Yuen Chau

Paula Dial

Soccer Mom CPA

Rachel Toberty

Kirk & Toberty Attorneys

Dale Thompson

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Jamie Beason

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/16/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Appalachian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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