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"A Place of Refuge is a Gospel-focused service

reaching out to women with the love of Christ

with both words and actions."

A Place of Refuge Ministries of South WI, Inc. is a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. This makes your donations to our organization tax deductible.


A Place of Refuge Ministries is a network of volunteers and staff who are committed to life and to caring for women facing crisis pregnancy in South Wisconsin. We have a house where mom's may stay throughout their pregnancies and while preparing to transition to independent living arrangements. Through Refuge House &  Advocacy Program we:

  • REACH women with needs during pregnancy. Telephone hotline volunteers identify the callers' needs and...

  • RECEIVE them into God's care through His people. If needed, bring them into Refuge House where they may feel safe and loved.   If they are already in a safe and independent environment, our volunteer Advocates then work one on one with mothers and...

  • REFER them to community resources available for their physical and emotional care. Congregations throughout South Wisconsin...

  • RESPOND by providing what is not available in the community by sharing God's love for us in His Son Jesus Christ.  And every day we...

  • REJOICE in the opportunity to share the gospel and share in the joy of a baby born.


Board of Directors

Lydia Beasley (Treasurer)                        

Darrell Foell                          

Nancy Francis (Intake)                        

Erin Grieve                               

William Hoffmann 

William Kerner

Elizabeth Polzin

Susan Schmalzer                     

Rev. Robert Johnson (Retired Pastor)                        

Rev. Donald Hougard                          

Rev. David Paape (Chairman)


Kate Doerr, Development Director

Deaconess Kristin "Kris" Hodge, Refuge House Manager

Betty Strelow & Sandy Budnik, Store Managers

Linda Haas, Advocate Coordinator

Sharon Boettcher, Hot Line Coordinator

Joanne Fairchild, Layette/Gift Coordinator

Please keep these servants of the Lord in your prayers!

A Place of Refuge Ministries of South WI, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporationand a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. EIN: 39-1971929

©2013-2020 A Place of Refuge Ministries of South Wisconsin, Inc.

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Pregnancy Hotline:

(414) 476-6333

Blessed Again Resale: 

7624 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee, WI  53218
(414) 464-9099

Office Phone:

(414) 438-2767