342 Waller Ave
Lexington KY 40504
Contact Information
Address 342 Waller Ave
Lexington, KY 40504
Phone (859) 254 0041
Contact Name Ked Frank
At A Glance
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Financial Summary
Mission Statement

Refuge For Women exists to provide a residential recovery program for women who are victims of sexual trafficking or exploitation, so they may have an opportunity for a better, healthier and more promising life.

Graduates exit the program having overcome many traumas and addictions, prepared for a new occupation outside of the dangerous sex industry, and feel hopeful as they work towards self-sustainability and a successful re-entrance into society.
Background Statement
  • 2003-2006 Ked and Michelle Frank spent 2 ½ years serving in a men’s facility in Southern Ohio
  • 2006-2009 Ked and Michelle Frank worked at Southland Christian Church and learned of ministry reaching out to strip clubs
  • February 2009 Board of Directors formed
  • June 2010 Hiring of 4 staff members
  • July 17, 2010 First guest in home
  • October 1, 2012 Second House Donated North of Lexington, KY
  • September 2013 Transitional House Opened for guests to work and remain in program
  • October 2014 Job Training Center began operating providing space for 8 more residents
  • July 1 2015 multi site house will begin operating in Chicago
Impact Statement

Past year:

1. Helped 117 women as of 2016
2. Operate 5 programs across Kentucky (2), Las Vegas, Chicago, and Dallas.
3. Begin launches in Florida, California, Atlanta, and our 3rd Kentucky location, Louisville
Current year:
1. We are working towards our goal to have 100 Refuge for Women beds across the nation by the year 220. By the end of 2017, we will have 54 beds.
2. We are in the process of creating a youth curriculum to help student groups address challenging topics like human trafficking, pornography, sexual abuse, and social media
3. We are expanding our funding streams to include more grants and foundations.
4. Our Atlanta home will be available for women and their children
Needs Statement
1. Transition to new recovery material Living in Balance
2.  Larger Office Space
3.  Printer
4.  Staff Training
5.  Employment for residents  
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Refuge for Women is the nation's leader in providing long term recovery for victims of human trafficking and exploitation. Our statistics are strong in over 95% of our graduated residents not returning to sex work as a lifestyle. To date, we have served 117 women from all over the nation.

Board Chair Statement

It has been a pleasure serving as chairman of the board at Refuge for Women. As a business owner in the community, I see the need to work with this underserved population. I have been involved for 2 years and have given personally and professionally to ensure its success.

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Victims' Services
Geographic Areas Served
Refuge for Women has 5 open safe houses across Kentucky (2), Las Vegas, Chicago, and Dallas. This year, we will also open in Georgia, Florida, California, and in Louisville, Kentucky. Residents come to Refuge for Women from all over the country. Our strategic expansion allows victims to escape their dangerous environment, offenders, and relapse triggers.   
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
Refuge for Women desires to become the nation's leading aftercare source for human trafficking victims. 5,748 human trafficking cases were reported in 2016, and there exists only an estimated 700 beds across the nation for victims of trafficking.  Our hope is to provide a safe place for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, so they can overcome trauma, addiction, and the personal barriers that stand in the way of recovery and independent living.  We are strategically mobilizing to provide 100 Refuge for Women beds across the nation so victims can escape from their dangerous environment, offenders, and relapse triggers. 
90% percent of the victims we serve have a history of substance abuse, 100% have a history of homelessness, and 94% hold a record of incarceration.  Our model not only addresses trauma from sexual exploitation, but also addresses the variables that caused the victim to be so vulnerable in the first place.  These variables may include a traumatic childhood, poverty, a history of family addiction and mental illness, and the like.  We help women move past these barriers and freely into financially stable, independent living.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? Our franchise-like growth evidences a replicable model. Refuge for Women has a growth strategy for opening new sites across the country. Systems are in place for assessing interest in new states, and for transferring the model. National staff and Board of Directors are in place to ensure consistent programming and development.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

Refuge for Women has been operating since 2009, with an unprecedented 95% of graduates finding gainful employment and not returning to the sex industry. With 5 open locations, and an additional 4 in launch, we're now the leading aftercare program for victims of sexual trafficking and exploitation. Our chapters partner with their local human trafficking task forces, provider cabinets, substance abuse associations, and referral centers to work with the community's current needs.

IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?

This year, Refuge for Women implemented an electronic assessment program that residents participate in to measure their progress. These assessments are given once prior to entry, then once every month of residency, and end with a final assessment upon program exit. The assessments will be able to measure various changes in the residents' perceptions of self-worth, substance dependence, the options they feel they have for work and school, and their ability to conduct a job search and secure a new, successful lifestyle. Furthermore, we stay in touch with past residents to monitor employment, relapse, and overall well being. These assessments help us to measure a resident's monthly progress, and identify the program areas in need of improvement.

ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

We're steadily approaching our 2020 goal to provide 100 Refuge for Women beds across the nation. Our launching locations evidence a smooth transition into new homes, and an easily replicable model. The next transition we hope to make is from our Recovery Dynamics substance abuse curriculum, to Living in Balance. Living in Balance is quickly becoming the most esteemed substance abuse curriculum in the nation, is research based, and displays reduced relapse rates, compared to Recovery Dynamics. We have yet to make this transition because of the large cost to purchase the curriculum, pay for a professional trainer, and gather our national staff for the training. The main obstacle is funding, for this need and others. In response, we have employed an in-house grant writer to pursue external funding opportunities.

Board Chair
Board Chair Chuck Butler
Company Affiliation Lexmark
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Sheila Beck Dean Dorton Allen FordVoting
Chuck Butler Lexmark InternationalVoting
Jesse Chula Aulick Chemical Solutions
Ryan Gray Community Trust
Jason Joy University Of KentuckyVoting
Debra Rooke Philanthropist, Volunteer
Antoine Spillman Commonwealth TechnologyVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Co-Chair
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ked A Frank
Term Start Jan 2009

Ked Frank is the founder and visionaire of Refuge for Women. Ked has been the Executive Director since the beginning of the organization, in 2009. Ked has a religion degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and is pursuing a counseling degree from Liberty University. Ked has been worked with substance abuse programs for the last 17 years.

Full Time Staff 11
Part Time Staff 8
Volunteers 63
Contractors 5
Retention Rate 90%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 18
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Program Director Phase 2

With a MA in Clinical Christian Counseling, a Clinical Pastoral Counselor License, and Advanced Certifications in Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders, we are lucky to have Carrie leading as our National Program Director. Carrie served as a Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader for six years with her husband, Chad. She’s an ordained minister with a heart for empowering women and sharing Christ’s love. Her vast experience makes her the best candidate to train and manage our program directors. Carrie’s experience in substance abuse recovery, ministry, and counseling brings a high caliber asset to our team when it comes to studying recovery trends, improving our program, and providing the best possible care to our residents. She makes a kind and devoted National Program Director.

Title Operations Director

Holding a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a Project Management Certification from Xavier University, Nicole is an expert with all things systems and operations. Moreso, she has over 15 years of experience in engineering and 8 years of technical operations management at Lexmark International. With extensive practice in conducting trials then debugging and certifying products… Nicole knows how to make things work. Her simultaneous attention to the parts and whole of our program causes every gear of the Refuge for Women machine to operate efficiently, smoothly, and unanimously.

Title Program Director

Before coming to Refuge for Women, Kendra spent six years with the Lexington Leadership foundation. She began working as a Program Assistant and soon experienced other roles, as the Partnership and Volunteer Coordinator and Program Director. Because she’s well versed in a number of roles across the nonprofit realm, she is skilled in managing the relationship among program recipients, staff, volunteers, funders, partners and making everyone feel interconnected. Kendra leads teams with flawless communication and efficiency. Her broad experience helps her to conduct excellent background checks and screenings for potential program recipients, volunteers, and staff. She has a heart for the marginalized and broken, especially females.

Title Financial Officer

Jade has been with Refuge for Women for four years and oversees the finance department. She works with the National team to manage the financial system for all sites around the country, as well as executing timely payroll and monthly reporting. She works closely with the Livesay Group and has received much praise from the auditors for her attention to details and devotion to transparency.

Previously, Jade worked full-time in the accounting department at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association for four years. There, Jade managed million dollar accounts like John Deere, Sherwin Williams and Office Max for their Member Benefits Program. As a mom to 3 young daughters, organization and budgets come second nature.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
CEO Comments Leadership of Refuge for Women has worked hard over the last 12 months strengthening the internal policies.  A focus for the upcoming 6 months is strengthening our volunteer training. 

REFUGE FOR WOMEN is a non-profit, faith based organization that provides long-term care for women who have escaped human trafficking or sexual exploitation. Refuge for Women offers safe housing with 24 hour a day staffing. The program is designed, and staff trained, to help residents recognize their goals in life, and to assist them in reaching those goals, and facilitate healing.

Our Refuge for Women Safe Houses provide access to a 12 step recovery program. A resident can complete the program in 9 months and may have the opportunity for an additional 3 months of aftercare.

 9 month program (with 3 months optional extended care)

 $0 cost to the resident
 Family atmosphere in one of our Safe



  • There are no restrictions to age, race, gender or religious affiliation
  •  Weekly counseling sessions of from a Licensed Professional Counselor
  • An environment for sobriety, career empowerment, and healing from trauma 


>>> Each resident receives weekly individual and group counseling therapy. An individualized plan is developed, building on the resident’s unique strengths and addressing specific needs. Cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and other therapeutic strategies are implemented in order to help the residents achieve their goals and experience healing

Budget $600,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers, Victims,
Program Short Term Success Individuals will heal from the trauma of human trafficking and regain a sense of identity and vision of work that is reputable in the community
Program Long term Success We present statistics every 6 months on how our services are doing for current residents and past residents. The main criteria we are looking at is sobriety, employment, and haven't returned to sex work as occupation.  
Program Success Monitored By
Our monthly assessments, explained in the indicator section, measure the residents' feelings, desires, and addictions. Because women are used to fleeing situations and moving from shelter to shelter, simply completing phases of our program is a preliminary measure of success. Graduating from our program is the next indicator. Ultimately, residents maintaining sobriety and not returning to sex work displays a successful program providing holistic treatment. Please see indicator section for more information.
Examples of Program Success Deanna, a graduate of our program, left the pornography industry of Los Angeles. She has a horrific story of experiencing pain and suffering in her upbringing and, as a result, chose a path in life that left her feeling empty and searching.  She came through our program and is a full time student at Asbury Seminary, working on a degree that will put her in full time service to others.  
Program Comments
CEO Comments
As the organization continues to grow, our funding sources need to diversify.  Another challenge is duplicating efforts in other states. This has been more challenging than I assumed and a lot has been learned. Fortunately, these new communities have proven to bring invaluable expertise into the equation, and we are stronger today because of our expansion efforts.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2016
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

We work with a CPA for reviewing finances each month. We cooperate with the Health Department to care for the medical needs of our residents. Various clothing pantries provide for our resident clothing needs. We are referred to by a number of groups around the country that are locating individuals that are in need of our services. The locations with operational houses already have partnerships with their local Human Trafficking Task Force, provider cabinets, and substance abuse associations. All of our locations are listed on the National Trafficking Resource Center's online directory, making it easy for interested persons to find our information. In Lexington, Ky, we partner with the Lexington Police Department and Detective Rick Lynn, of the human trafficking department. Through this partnership, we’re able to provide vision and insight for our city’s trafficking problem and work cooperatively with law enforcement to house women in need. Our collaborative efforts are the reason we have been able to expand and serve residents from all over the nation.

Official MemberECFA2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $800,000.00
Projected Expenses $550,000.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,016,916$382,491$271,419
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$3$55
Membership Dues--$0--
Special Events$392,489$125,545$87,196
Revenue In-Kind--$19,200$6,928
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$261,295$207,262$165,840
Administration Expense$363,623$209,344$149,593
Fundraising Expense$62,303$32,047$32,652
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.051.131.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses38%46%48%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%6%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$803,841$235,643$169,869
Current Assets$727,973$149,777$134,045
Long-Term Liabilities--$0--
Current Liabilities$23,731$12,388$4,968
Total Net Assets$803,841$223,255$164,901
Form 990s
2015 990
2014 Form 990
2013 990 2013
2012 990 2012
2011 990 2011
2010 Form 990
2009 Form 990
Audit Documents
2015 Annual Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose n/a
Goal $0.00
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments Refuge for Women became a member of the ECFA in 2016.  We were given exemplary comments from auditors on our systems and controls within the organization.  We are trying to be responsible with each dollar donated to the organization.  
Address 342 Waller Ave
Lexington, KY 40504
Primary Phone 859 254 0041
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ked A Frank
Board Chair Chuck Butler
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lexmark