Donna Lee Robart is Founder of the Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach. Donna is a Registered Nurse graduate of DeKalb College of Georgia having earned Psychiatric and Gerontology Certificates. She studied Human Services, Counseling, and Social Work at Gaston, Livingston, and the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Donna has attended classes in Christian counseling with Jay Adams, Larry Crabb, and David Russ, and became a certified Exchange Life counselor through Grace Ministries, International in Georgia.
Having spent over 25+ years as a psychiatric registered nurse, Donna left this field to go full-time into Christian counseling with Life Exchange Ministries in Vero Beach, Florida. After two years, she and her husband, Ted, and other interested friends opened up the Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach. Donna has had numerous opportunities to invite many other people into her own home over the past 45 years, where she has shared with them a philosophy based on the Scripture and personal responsibility. For five years she and her first husband had a home for 70+ children (mostly teens, but not all at the same time!). She has 22 grandchildren and will soon have 16 great-grandchildren.
She has traveled as a short-term missionary to Mexico, India, Africa, Colombia, and Romania (eight times) where she taught the women about their freedom in the Lord. It is her vision to see many women come through the Refuge into lives set free to love God and serve others.