Bestow on her a Crown of Beauty, instead of ashes, the Oil of Joy instead of mourning, a Garment of Praise instead of a spirit of despair.

Isaiah 61:3

Mission

Re-fined’s mission is to form empowering and restorative relationships with survivors of sexual exploitation.

Vision

Our vision is for every survivor to be nurtured to wholeness through deep, connected relationships with Christ and His people.

Core Values

To reflect Christ’s love by helping sexually exploited survivors see themselves as their Creator sees them; beautiful, loved, and cherished. While helping them take back their identity, reclaim their dignity, and end the cycle of sexual abuse.

Our Goal

Freedom

Whether survivors were born or brought into exploitation, our goal is that through the ReFinement process, they can find freedom. Freedom to move on with life, and be who they were meant to be. It is our hope to restore dignity and self-worth, so survivors can learn how valuable they are personally and in their communities. Each month we have a variety of outreach events and touchpoints with survivors. There are so many ways you can get involved, from donations to volunteer opportunities.

RE-FINED WAS ESTABLISHED IN SEPT. 2015 IN LAKEWOOD, CO, AND HAS HELPED OVER 500 LADIES AS OF JANUARY 2022.

The Problem

Sex Trafficking

Occurs when someone uses force, fraud, or coercion to cause a commercial sex act with an adult or causes a minor to commit a commercial sex act.

Commercial Sex Act

Includes prostitution, pornography and sexual performance done in exchange for any item of value, such as money, drugs, shelter, food or clothes.

Refinement

(Definition) the process of removing impurities or unwanted elements from a substance.

By the Numbers

In Denver alone the commercial sex industry brings in estimated profits of $80 million each year.

Between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children. (source: US State Dept.)

The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the US is 12-14 years old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.

According to the CO Dept. of Human Services, homeless youth will be actively recruited within 48 hours of leaving home.

Run away and Unaccompanied minors make up the majority of at risk youth for sexual and labor exploitation.

Our Solutions

Mentorship—
Faithful Friend Program

Restore Their Internal Image —
Walk alongside a survivor as a true friend and help restore her sense of self-worth

Participate in a steady, ongoing friendship with a survivor. Help give her back a sense of trust in other people and work with her on her goals and dreams.

Meet her where she is at, with the support and guidance of Re-fined staff.

Help her see her own value and encourage her as she builds her support system.

Give her compassion, encouragement, and gentle guidance.

Styling

Restore Their External Appearance —
Help a survivor renew her pride and ownership in her personal appearance through styling and fashioning services

Help a survivor who is facing her abuser in court take the stand with poise and confidence.

Help educate her on her presentation so her testimony won’t be discounted.

Provide a new look (hairstyle and nails) and new clothing to a survivor to help her renew her sense of joy in her own beauty.

Help a survivor take the next step toward stability by readying her for job interviews.

Court Support

RESTORE THEIR dignity — 
Give a survivor the moral support and physical confidence she needs as she faces her abuser in court

Prepare the survivor for court appearances through Re-fined’s Styling services.

Attend court hearings with the client so she does not have to face her abuser alone.

Establish trust with a survivor in a time of great turmoil so she can see Re-fined as a way out of a life of exploitation.

You have one chance to make a first impression, may it reflect your future goals.

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Our Team

Staff

Jessi K. Burge
Founder, Executive Director

Gabby Dowdy
Director of Volunteers & Programs

Danielle Johnson
Development Director

Evyn Schulze
Program Assistant

Mentor Advocate

Cheryl Loudner

Board of Directors

Kristen Muzzy
President

John Richmond
Vice President

Steve Bock

Advisory Team

Theri Boggess

Your gift can make a difference

With your generous gift today, you are helping to empower and restore the lives of sexually exploited survivors.