A major component of Engedi Refuge Ministries is the
Engedi Learning Center which provides each participant
with a variety of programs to comprehensively learn the personal and occupational skills required to help them
obtain and maintain employment or return to school.
At the Learning Center participants engage in trauma focused therapy - a key component to healing from the abuse and trauma of being in "the life".
We have outlined a three phase process for each woman's restoration process
Phase 1 Life Skills Foundations
Interpersonal & Relational Development
Addiction Education & Recovery
Art Program & Horse Therapy
Spiritual Awakenings (introduction to the Christian Faith)
Dealing with Codependence
Employment Readiness Classes
In the words of an Engedi resident:
Engedi is mentioned in the Bible as a place of refuge for King David and I couldn't think of a more fitting name for a program like this one.
Engedi doesn't require much for admittance but it does require a certain type of lady willing to give up everything comfortable, everything familiar and get real with herself and others in order to have a real chance at a new life. The work is hard and the pain is real but the rewards are everlasting.
Engedi is a safe place for us to break down walls that have been fortified with violence, abandonment, abuse and discover our true self worth; we are women of true value, honor and respect.
The staff really brings it back to basics with us, teaching us abut boundaries, communication, healthy lifestyle choices and of course my favorite, learning to live on a budget! One of the residents summarized it best by saying "Engedi has given me the opportunity to be a better version of myself".
But the staff aren't just educators, they lead by example. Demonstrating real kindness and patience, knowing that there will be bumps in the road and mistakes will be made. Showing us what grace and forgiveness are about and what determination and resilience will get us.
Phase 2 Vocational Foundations
Implementing Individual Educational Advancement
Level 2 Addiction Education & Codependency
Personal Development Plans & Career Goal Setting
Deepening Your Faith thru Spiritual Discovery
One on One Mentoring
Phase 3 Spiritual Foundations
Deepening your personal faith through discipleship
Giving back to the community
Maintaining healthy independent living, schooling and/or employment