A Picture of Transformation

One of our current residents first painted this picture in the early stages of her healing. The colors are dark and muted and you can get a sense of the inner turmoil she was experiencing during this time.

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Each week we would come to house and see that she had painted over it to make it look a little different.  Each week it was a little happier.

The picture you see here is where she is today.  The colors are bright, vibrant, warm, and inviting. This is a beautiful representation of the healing that is happening in her heart and that YOU are a part of.

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New Board Member - Valeyne Grotrian


Valeyne Grotrian became an anti-human trafficking volunteer in 2012 through her church, Willow Creek Crystal Lake.  Serving alongside many courageous women through local outreach initiatives for New Name Ministries, she saw the significant impact volunteer teams can have through empowering women to see their value and worth by actively engaging the issue of sex-trafficking.  She later began volunteering at the Refuge for Women Chicago house where she was introduced to the incredible impact of healing and restoration that women are receiving.  Valeyne has worked in the corporate world for nearly 20 years in various HR Leadership and Business Operations roles.  She recently founded Agora Coaching & Training Solutions, LLC where she specializes in helping business leaders and their teams access their full potential.  Valeyne holds a Professional Coaching Certification through the International Coach Federation, a Psychology of Leadership Certificate through Cornell University and is also a Clifton StrengthsFinder Coach.  Valeyne has been married to Russ for 13 years and they love traveling, windsurfing, sailing and spending time with their dog, Jake. 

New Team Members!


We would like to introduce you to Jennifer and Mike Hodge!

We are so happy and blessed to have them join our Refuge team.  Jennifer is our new Volunteer Coordinator (jennifer.hodge@refugeforwomen.org) and her husband is our new Lawn and Yard Care Director. 

Read a little bit from Jennifer below:

Hello! We wanted to take a moment to introduce ourselves as we start out on this amazing opportunity to serve with Refuge for Women Chicago. My name is Jennifer Hodge and I am blessed to be serving at Refuge as the new Volunteer Coordinator, as well as volunteering in the house. I am excited to be serving alongside all of the amazing women that God has placed together for a time such as this! Over the past year the LORD has laid it upon my heart to start serving women who have been sexually exploited and trafficked. Through His sovereignty He led me to Refuge and worked, as only He can do, to put into place this opportunity. He has blessed me with new relationships in this short time and I know He will continue to move in mighty ways, as only He does. My husband, Michael, has also started serving with Refuge as God has opened the door and laid it on his heart to take care of mowing the lawn at the house, as well as other yard care. The LORD has given him a passion for His creation and has blessed him with this opportunity to serve. We are excited to be serving alongside all of those at Refuge and joyfully anticipating new relationships that will be formed. We look forward, with expectation, to meeting all of you whom God has placed as beacons of His light in this world.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. ~ 1 Peter 4:10

Jennifer has jumped right in with her joyful admin and relational gifts and is already making us stronger.  Welcome to the team!