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How the Power of Community is Building The Refuge Ranch

No one organization can tackle the complexity of child sex trafficking. It takes a community effort to address an issue that is so big and complex. Without these heroes we wouldn’t be as far along in our construction process. These men, women, and companies have stepped up and responded to this large need with an equally large, communal response.

 

The Story of the refuge: The power of community

Thanks to you -- and especially these two men in the photo above -- our vision is turning into actual bricks, bricks into buildings, and buildings into a place of rest and restoration for child survivors of sex trafficking. (Click here to see drone footage of our progress!)

These two men met fifteen years ago through their sons’ high school football team. One gentleman painted the lines on the field and the other ran the chains during the game. They’ve joined forces again to help build The Refuge Ranch. One, because he has daughters and he can’t imagine how such a thing as child sex trafficking is even possible. The other, because he believes strongly in giving because he has -- and in giving, he receives more.

We will be featuring both of these men in a future newsletter, with a special video about the part they play in The Story of The Refuge, and how their lives have been touched in the process.

In this article, though, we would like to thank specific people and companies from the larger community, many of whom these gentlemen helped bring into our orbit. 

No one organization can tackle the complexity of child sex trafficking. It takes a community effort to address an issue that is so big and complex. Without these heroes -- the contractor, consultant, and supplier communities -- who have donated materials and/or funds for design and construction completed or currently underway -- we wouldn’t be as far along in our construction process. These men, women, and companies have stepped up and responded to this large need with an equally large, communal response.

Thanks to the power of community, we are that much closer to opening our doors.

We want give a big thank you to the following:

Consultants:
Pfluger Architects, architectural services
Stansberry Engineering, civil engineering services
STG Design, design services for interiors, main entry gate, and micro chapels
Raquel Frankenberg, interior design services
Michael Brack with Datum Engineers, structural engineering services
Chris Horlander with MEJ & Associates, electrical design services
Tom Green & Company Engineers, MEP consulting services and funds
MF Architecture, architectural renderings

Contractors and Suppliers:
Joe Bland Construction, site construction services and materials
Ranger Excavating, site clearing and grading
Earnest Roofing, metal roofing
Several partnered together to pour the building foundations for our first 3 Cottages:  Joe Bland Construction, Square One, Lauren Concrete, Reinforcing Steel Supply (RSS), and Western Concrete Pumping
Lauren Concrete, concrete
Wade Custom Steel Buildings, building foundations construction services
Western Concrete Pumping, concrete pump truck services
IE2 Construction, formwork labor
Melde Construction, framing labor
Trane, air-conditioning equipment
TemperaturePro, labor for HVAC system installation
Ferguson, HVAC materials
Schmidt Electric, electrical contracting services and materials
Macauley Technologies and Tel-Star Technologies, security and technology systems
Chesmar Homes, general contracting services
Mustang Plumbing, plumbing contracting services
Moen, faucets and funds
Jason Laxson with Concrete Art & Stain, concrete staining/sealing services
Ryan Companies, general contracting services and funds
White Construction, general contracting services
Structura, insulation and general contracting services
4MC Enterprises, drywall contracting services and materials
McCoy’s Building Supply, building materials
MG Building Materials, building siding
Simpson Strong-Tie, framing connectors and fasteners
Bautex Systems, wall block material for the Security Station, with Square One installing foundation and walls
Jack Allen’s Kitchen, kitchen equipment and supplies
Texas Sun and Shade, motorized shades
Brent Hewett with Hewett's Lawn Service, arborist and site landscaping services
Dake Jackson with Jackson Water Well, well and windmill restoration
Dale Cook with Dale Cook Backhoe Services, septic system

Several others have offered to help with landscaping and fencing but we’ll save that for a later article.

“The Story of The Refuge” is our series of newsletter articles that highlight the people and organizations who are working together to build The Refuge Ranch.