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 through mentorships, cosmetology, and fashion services.

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 victims 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 she was born or brought in to exploitation, through the ReFinement process, she can find freedom. Freedom to move on with her life, and be who she was meant to be. It is our hope that these young women will become women of dignity and self-worth, learning how truly valuable they are personally and in their community. Each month we have a variety of outreach events and touch points with these women. There are so many ways you too can get involved, from donations to volunteer opportunities.

Re-fined was born in Sept. 2015 in Lakewood, CO, and has helped nearly 500 ladies as of January 2020.

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 Programs

Mentoring Program

Restore Their Internal Image —
Walk alongside a Survivor into a life of New Beginnings

Mentor her by being a “Faithful Friend”

Mentor her by offering hopeful solutions and meeting her wherever she is at in life.

Mentor her in positive self-perception and self-promotion

Mentors are a source of encouragement, guidance and compassion

Styling Program

Restore Their External Appearance —
Offering cosmetology and fashioning services for judicial cases and job interview readiness

Helping them reclaim their dignity and self-worth

Helping them renew their physical image to give them confidence

Providing a reflective look for the hard work accomplished in the mentoring program.

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 Volunteer Operations

Lisa K. Jennings
Communications Director

Volunteers

Cheryl Loudner
Mentor Advocate

Carolyn Plazek
Mentor Advocate

Board of Directors

Kristen Muzzy
Steve Janizwaski
Sara Bratton Bradbury
Linda Lane
Rich Peterson

Your gift can make a difference

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