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Count Down - The Refuge Ranch Opens in August

With the unwavering support of the Central Texas community, The Refuge for DMST™ (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) will open The Refuge Ranch this coming August.

Nestled among the Bastrop County pine trees, this 21-building, 50-acre, $6.5 million, labor of love has risen up from the clay and the sand to meet a dire need. The first concrete slabs were poured a year ago this month. And now in a matter of weeks, we will open a long-term, residential, therapeutic community for 48 girls, minors through age 19, who have been rescued out of sex trafficking.

Count down: The Refuge Ranch opens in August

See how West Elm and 79,000 Post-it Notes created a cozy home for child sex trafficking survivors.

  The first mattress as it was being carried into the first cottage at The Refuge Ranch.

The first mattress as it was being carried into the first cottage at The Refuge Ranch.

   Watch a time lapse video  of first Dove Tile installation.

Watch a time lapse video of first Dove Tile installation.

  COLLECTION DRIVE   If your organization, office or group would like to help us collect NEW items in bulk for The Refuge Ranch, please email us at  info@therefugedmst.org .

COLLECTION DRIVE
If your organization, office or group would like to help us collect NEW items in bulk for The Refuge Ranch, please email us at info@therefugedmst.org.

With the unwavering support of the Central Texas community, The Refuge for DMST™ (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) will open The Refuge Ranch this coming August.

Nestled among the Bastrop County pine trees, this 21-building, 50-acre, $6.5 million, labor of love has risen up from the clay and the sand to meet a dire need. The first concrete slabs were poured a year ago this month. And now in a matter of weeks, we will open a long-term, residential, therapeutic community for 48 girls, minors through age 19, who have been rescued out of sex trafficking. 

There was a moment two weeks ago though that we want to share. This one photograph to the left captures all the prayer, sweat equity and sweet generosity that has helped build The Refuge Ranch.

To the left you'll see a shot of the first mattress as it was being carried into the first cottage.

The mattresses arrived during a wonderfully chaotic day as the first of thousands of Dove Tiles were being mortared into the first kitchen backsplash [see photo]. And remember West Elm Austin’s awareness drive last November that called attention to all the trafficking victims in Texas with 79,000 names written on 79,000 Post-it Notes? The West Elm crew was also at the ranch, unpacking and artfully arranging the donated $13,000 of needed furniture and décor from that event.

The way West Elm stepped up to help, along with the story of how the first mattress came to us, perfectly illustrates how the community has come together to build The Refuge Ranch. 

Tempur-Pedic donated their mattresses to Good360, who donated them to the Christian Compassion Center, with financial assistance provided by The Lakeway Church Women’s Ministry, who all contributed to make this donation to The Refuge for DMST.

With West Elm’s crew laughing while they labored in Cottage 1, and hammers hammering and saws buzzing all across The Refuge Ranch that day, one could have easily missed the significance that this was the first mattress being carried into the first cottage.

“This the first mattress!” said the text from one of our staff members, who happened to catch this moment. Then the staffer saw all the furniture the West Elm crew brought in.

“That is a chair! That’s a couch! That’s a lamp! This is happening! The Refuge Ranch will open soon!”

Soon the first 48 girls -- the first of hundreds -- who have come from hard places will have peace and know joy. Soon the first child survivor of sex trafficking will arrive at The Refuge Ranch. After her first day in the quiet of the whispering pines, and on this mattress, the first girl will lay down her head in peace, perhaps for the first time.

 

Here are more photos of the West Elm crew decorating the first cottage.

Watch a time lapse video of first Dove Tile installation.

See the prayers and words of hope and strength that visitors have inscribed upon the 2x4" support beams of the Chapel walls before they’re sheet rocked over.