Merci’s Refuge serves women in Champaign county and beyond who are seeking freedom from life-controlling issues or healing from past traumatic events. We offer a program model that has been very successful in other similar ministries around the country. The 6- to 9-month program is designed to allow a resident to remove herself from her crisis situation or pattern of behavior and focus on making lasting changes. We assist each resident in identifying her individual needs and goals. We walk each resident through a series of classes and workbooks that address physical, emotional, and spiritual health. We provide professional individual and group counseling from licensed counselors or social workers. We teach valuable life skills through classes and daily involvement in cooking and maintenance of the facility and serving others in the community. We connect women with mentors in the community who will be a lasting support as women transition out of the program. We partner with other successful organizations in the community to best address the spectrum of needs of women in crisis situations. Merci’s Refuge is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and is funded by private donations.