New City Director, Rayann White

 
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Refuge for Women is pleased to announce and introduce Rayann White as Central Kentucky’s newest City Director. In this role Rayann will be cultivating relationships among area churches, local businesses, and individuals of Kentucky. The aim behind what she does is to raise awareness to the mission that Refuge for Women sets out to do.  She then invites others to be involved in the transformation that takes place in our safe-homes ensuring that those who have escaped trafficking and sexual exploitation can find refuge. Rayann is vital in creating long-lasting partnerships in prayer and finances to ensure that Refuge for Woman is able to provide the resources needed for those in our care to flourish.

In getting to know Rayann the common theme of her heart throughout her life has always been her great care for women. Rayann was surrounded by amazing pillars of faith and life growing up. She saw women who fought for what was right, carried courage, held resiliency and captured beauty through the way they lived their lives. Chords were struck in Rayann’s heart when she saw brokenness among women that was not met with compassion and understanding. She knew there was a better way, this led her to pioneer a women’s ministry within her church called Tapestry. Tapestry sought to weave the hearts of women, bringing connection and finding likeness that tore down the walls of division which would make a way for women to embrace one another. Rayann knew that women were better together when they were encouraged and built up to live the life that God had intended.

Throughout Rayann’s career she has always cared about making sure needs were met. She has experience in the field through her work with Salvation Army as the Development Director, The Lexington Herald-Leader with experience in Retention with Marketing and Sales, as well as her work with the Christian Appalachian Project in Public Relations. Rayann is absolutely humbled by the way that God has opened the door for her passion for women as well as her skills for fundraising and retaining donors have come to collide in this season. Rayann is excited to raise visibility of the mission and extend opportunities for those in the community to bless women whose hearts are mending so that they too can be encouraged and built up to live the life that God has intended for them.  


What Refuge for Women Means to Me

This note is from a resident that has recently graduated from the program. 

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When I first came to Refuge I was holding onto my last bit of hope. I have been through abuse, loss, trauma, rejection and addiction. I was scared and had nowhere else to look. I had been searching for a hope that my life could change. I was accepted with open arms immediately.

The scared feeling of being someplace new faded very quickly, turning into laughter and conversation. My anxiety dwindled as the days went on and soon I felt more comfortable in the place that I now consider my home. The staff are uplifting and supportive. They show the love of Jesus every day. These women have become my best friends. They have laughed with me and cried with me. They have given advice and helped to guide me on my journey, always pointing to Jesus.

Reading the program material opened my eyes to things that I didn’t even know about myself. Through the countless hours of books, classes, therapy sessions, prayer and a God who carries you through the storm, I have found myself. I learned to feel again. I have a voice. I have boundaries. I have relationship with my Heavenly Father that is unshakeable. I have come to understand what it is to be loved by Jesus and to put my life in his hands. God is restoring my life. He is mending relationships with my children and helping me to gain trust with my parents again. He has shown up in my darkest days when therapy was hard to get through. He has taken a drug addict with no hope for a future and turned me into a CNA working in home health, taking care of dementia patients. God and Refuge for Women have saved my life.

This program has helped to mold me into the godly woman that I was born to be. It has set my feet on a foundation and opened doors that I never thought were possible. Refuge to me is strength, hope, grace, forgiveness, love, encouragement, friendship, family, and Christ.