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About Us

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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)     

Carol Flanary(Member)

William Kerner (Member) 

Michael Oldenberg (Member)                                                            

Susan Schmalzer   (Recording Secretary)

Rev. Brandon Koble (Vice President)                 

Rev. Robert Johnson (Emeritus)

Rev. Donald Hougard (President)

Rev. David Paape (Emeritus)


Deaconess Grace Rao (Executive Director)

Yvette Reeves (Refuge House Manager)

Kat Mazang (Part Time Night Refuge House Manager)

Betty Strelow (Blessed Again Manager)

Jose Nunez (Blessed Again Assistant Manager)

Vickie Cartes (Cashier Blessed Again) 

Sharon Boettcher (Hot-Line Phone Coordinator)

Joanne Fairchild (Layette/Gift Coordinator)

Linda Haas (Advocacy Coordinator)

Please keep these servants of the Lord in your prayers!

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