Residential Program

Our residential program is offered to women 18 and older who desire to live and walk in freedom and victory. We believe that this true freedom and victory is only available to a life surrendered and committed to a personal walk–a life journey–with God. This walk is established at the Refuge by a daily regimen of personal and group study, work, and counseling.

Residents are expected to spend at least four hours of their day engaged in a constructive pattern of activity which may include volunteering at the Women’s Refuge, working at a job, or going to school. Our Resale Shop is often an available source for volunteer hours.

The Refuge is a two-week to two-year program where sanctuary is provided in a home-like environment. Trained Christian counselors use biblical solutions to help women develop long-term goals and heal from spiritual and emotional wounds. Any woman who is serious about wanting to change her ineffective life patterns is welcomed into this program so she can become a contributing member of her family, church, and society. When women seek further accountability and training, we have a Transition House where they may stay while they work in the community.

One-on-one biblical counseling, study materials, housing and meals are included in the cost of the program.

Click here to download the application and then email, fax, or mail it to us as described on the form.

Staff will review the application and contact the applicant via phone to make an appointment for the interview. After the interview, the staff will make a decision on whether the applicant is appropriate for the program at this time. The Women's Refuge reserves the right to deny any applicant entrance to the program. $750 towards the first month is payable upon admission to the three-month program. $375 is payable upon admission to the two-week program.

A special thank you to Publix Charities for sponsoring in part the annual food cost for the residential program.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are we an addictions program?

No. We have women come to the Refuge from all different walks of life. We look at core issues and beliefs that go beyond any particular circumstance. Some women who come may be in recovery, while many others may never have used substances before. If a woman is in recovery, she may qualify to enter our residential program after she has dealt with the addiction elsewhere. We are able to work with her on her spiritual and emotional health.

How long must I be clean from addiction to enter this program?

At least 6 months, with confirmation and contact numbers.

What addiction program do we recommend in Florida?

For women:
The Refuge Ranch

For men:
Dunklin Memorial

These two programs, located in Okeechobee, FL, are affiliated with each other.

Do we help women with children?

We help women who have children, but children are not allowed to go through the program with them.

Do we work with women outside the state of Florida?

Yes, we work with women from all over the world.

What is the most efficient process of getting into the program, after completely reading and understanding the qualifications provided on this website?

Click here to download the application from this website, or call the office and we can mail you one. Our phone number is: 772-770-4424. After the staff evaluates your application, you'll receive a phone call to set up an interview or to let you know if you qualify at this time.

If I do not speak English, can I still qualify?

You must speak some English in order to qualify.