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Opening Homes and Blessing Lives

Last month, we opened our third home on our campus at My Refuge House!

Our girls in front of the new cottage!

 

It was a joyous occasion, made complete by the presence of Dr. Dale Thompson and his staff from Leadership Worth Following. These wonderful partners donated $60,000 to build this cottage which will house 6 more girls!

Our staff with the donors and volunteers from Leadership Worth Following.

Our U.S. partners were joined by our local partners, local board members, staff and girls from My Refuge House to celebrate the opening of our new home and ability to provide quality care for more girls.

Everyone wore ribbons around their neck in honor of the ribbon we cut at the end of the program.

Local Partner, Local board Members and U.S. partners all joined together to celebrate with us!

The girls made ribbon necklaces for all the guests to wear!

There were presentations from the girls, staff, and visitors from the US who made the building project possible.

All the girls joined Chris, one of the visitors from Leadership Worth Following, for a worship song to start off the program.

And then, came a big surprise from our guests of honor. Dale and his staff had been in the Philippines for two days leading up to our House Blessing. In those two days, he took the time to meet with all of our leaders in the Philippines and quickly came to assess what is needed: a strong outreach program that will allow our team to reach out to others in the community who may be victims of trafficking, providing a way out. He listened to our directors talk about this program, assuming it was years away from becoming a reality.

 

And then, in a surprise move, he handed our Directors, Rose Ann and Omar a check and told them he wanted to sponsor the outreach program for the next few years! It was a privilege and a shock for them, as you can see from the photos below.

Dale, Hayli and Chris, the staff from Leadership Worth Following, surprising our directors Rose Ann and Omar with a special gift!

Dale and one of our founding Filipino board members, Attorney Riverel, cut the ribbon together.

Dr. Thompson and Attorney Riverel cut the ribbon together.

"Hope" held the ribbon after the home was opened.

We are very blessed with a beautiful facility and look forward to the lives that will be changed here!

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