Refuge for Women

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Refuge for Women is a non-profit, faith based organization providing specialized long-term housing and emergency housing for women who have escaped human trafficking or sexual exploitation. With multiple locations across the U.S., Refuge for Women offers up to twelve months of safe housing, at no charge to the resident, with around the clock care as clients progress through evidence-based, trauma-informed programming. We strive to help each woman complete the program with a vision for her future, equipped to succeed and sustain a life marked with dignity and hope.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Refuge for Women
342 Waller Ave
Suite D
Lexington, KY 40504



Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 264388243

CEO/President: Nikki Instone

Chairman: David Diers

Board size: 6

Founder: Ked and Michelle Frank

Ruling year: 2010

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2016


Vision: That every woman who is sexually exploited will have the hope, support, and tools needed to pursue her dreams and live a life of freedom.

Mission statement

To empower sexually exploited women to live a life of freedom through faith-based, residential healing programs.

Statement of faith

We believe in one God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19-20 John 14:910

We believe God is Creator, Sustainer and Ruler of all things. Genesis 1:1 Acts 17:2428, Colossians 1:13-20

We believe in Jesus Christ, perfectly God and perfectly human, God's only Son and Savior of the world. John 3:16 Matthew 1:18 John 20:2431, Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:17-18

We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within each believer so that they may dwell in unity with Christ and other believers as well as produce good fruit. John 16:5-16; Ephesians 4:1-6; Galatians 5:22-26

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the final authority for all matters of faith and practice. Romans 15:4 Hebrews 4:12 2 Timothy 3:16

We believe that humanity willfully sinned and as a result is lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12 Romans 3:23 1 John 1:7

We believe Jesus Christ has by his death on the cross made atonement for all so that each one who believes may be saved and receive the gift of eternal life. Matthew 26:28 Romans 5:811 Ephesians 2:89, John 3:16-17

We believe salvation comes through the person of Jesus Christ, repentance of sin, acknowledgment of Christ as Lord, and union to the church as the body of Christ. Luke 24:4547 Acts 2:38 Romans 6:17, 10:10-17 2 Peter 3:9; Ephesians 4:1-7

We believe in a final judgement of all humanity and that each person will be accorded eternal life or death according to the Word of God. Romans 8:1011 Daniel 12:2 John 6:47; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57, Revelations 20:11- 15

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating969 of 1104103 of 122
Fund acquisition rating974 of 1105100 of 122
Resource allocation rating839 of 110597 of 122
Asset utilization rating662 of 110469 of 122

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$149,667$143,435$16,762$5,330$13,874
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,309,068$2,160,938$1,395,087$902,266$801,589
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,344,992$3,268,670$2,524,856$1,284,860$1,202,534
Other long-term assets$309,710$12,446$112,000$5,100$0
Total long-term assets$3,654,702$3,281,116$2,636,856$1,289,960$1,202,534
Total assets$5,963,770$5,442,054$4,031,943$2,192,226$2,004,123
Payables and accrued expenses$112,174$94,330$457,830$111$344,024
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$112,174$94,330$457,830$111$344,024
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$186,512$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,600,289$1,427,293$756,021$0$0
Total liabilities$1,712,463$1,521,623$1,213,851$111$344,024
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$4,068,657$3,704,931$2,802,592$2,192,115$1,606,737
With donor restrictions$182,650$215,500$15,500$0$53,362
Net assets$4,251,307$3,920,431$2,818,092$2,192,115$1,660,099
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,401,885$5,025,146$2,965,690$2,233,501$1,769,311
Program service revenue$39,598$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$709,209$42$66,283$22$75
Other revenue$7,006$141,699$468,854$420,344$255,861
Total other revenue$755,813$141,741$535,137$420,366$255,936
Total revenue$5,157,698$5,166,887$3,500,827$2,653,867$2,025,247
Program services$3,557,066$2,832,845$1,990,121$1,411,056$1,245,983
Management and general$691,971$648,501$533,114$363,850$278,277
Total expenses$4,826,822$3,806,677$2,803,662$2,131,856$1,716,570
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$330,876$1,360,210$697,165$522,011$308,677
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$330,876$1,360,210$697,165$522,011$308,677


Ked FrankPresident$92,451
Leslie Nikki InstoneInterim Executive Director$74,024
Suzanna Jade CookFinance Manager$34,585

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/22/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Refuge for Women, Incorporate, a 501(c)3 organization, formed in January, 2009 in Lexington, KY, and was founded by Ked and Michelle Frank. During the time prior to starting Refuge, Ked had a series of pivotal conversations with the leader of a group doing outreach to women in local strip clubs. Although the outreach had been ongoing for three years, the women who wanted help with escaping had no long-term places to go. In response to this need, Refuge for Women opened its first location in Kentucky in 2009. It is a non-profit, faith-based organization that provides long-term care for women who are survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, offering them a new beginning. Since that time, Refuge for Women has served more than 100 women and received $3 million in donations contributed by more than 3,000 supporters.

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