Refuge 91 is our short-term residential facility, opening in fall of 2018. Refuge provides emergency shelter and care for at-risk kids needing immediate intervention and removal from their circumstances by court order for their safety and well-being. The facility is small-scale and transitional but vital as it allows us to act as first responders when new kids are brought into the system. By positioning ourselves in this gatekeeping role, we are able to avoid the pitfalls of most Guatemalan residential care: namely, the danger of a child getting lost in the system with no one to follow up on their case and fight for their right to a permanent, loving family. Our team of professionals quickly and carefully develops case plans for each child that comes into our care so that we are able to advocate for healthy reunification with biological family, foster care placement, or adoption. Refuge 91 is staffed by a team of professional psychologists and social workers, as well as trauma-competent caregivers in an effort to maintain the highest standards of excellence for short-term care. At Refuge, we are committed to a 6-12 month framework for every placement. The facility is small-scale, with space for only 15, allowing our staff to focus on quality of care and proper case management. Psalm 91 was the inspiration for the name Refuge 91 - may every child that comes through our care find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
   will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, β€œHe is my refuge and my fortress,
   my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91:1-2.

For privacy and legal reasons, we are unable to provide photographs or sponsorship opportunities for individual kids in our care at Refuge.