We Need your help.

Terebinth Refuge is currently in the "oak sapling" stage. We need your help to grow!

We are seeking funding and donors to help us get planted and growing. Please consider how you can support us with tax deductible financing and gifts! Your gift will SAVE lives, provide healing and restoration for the women we will serve! 

Terebinth Refuge is a 501c3 non-profit. 

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PO BOX 5035, ST CLOUD, MN 56302







Shelter. Healing.
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Who We Are



P.O. Box 5035, St. Cloud, MN 56302

Terebinth Refuge is a Christ-centered non-profit shelter and transitional home that provides strength-based, trauma-informed healing and holistic services to women 18 and older who are escaping sexual exploitation and sex trafficking and assists their transition into a life of health, stability and independence. 

Significance of the Terebinth (Oak) Tree

Throughout the Old Testament Terebinth and Oak are referred to and the reference interchanged. The word used in Isaiah 61:3 which is often translated ”ram” as it’s root, refers to strength and power and can also mean “pillar”referring to a strong leader. Terebinth (pistacia) develops a very large deep and extensive root system and therefore remains green in years of drought, it often sprouts from the stump after being cut. Because of its large size and great age, terebinth tree were places of significance, well known landmarks in the scripture, also seen as a resting place of shelter and shade.

God refers to His children as becoming a “terebinth of righteousness”, a position of resilience, strength and rest to bring Him glory.


CeCe has dedicated her life to the development and advancement of others.  

Raised in Arden Hills, MN, CeCe graduated from Mounds View H. S. and received a full scholarship to the University of Minnesota, where she received her B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation. After graduation, her passion for helping others led to positions at the Home of the Good Shepherd, Outreach Group Homes, and the Hennepin County Home School.

CeCe joined Heartland Girls Ranch in 1992. During her near 24 year tenure, her responsibilities encompassed everything from operations to program development. She was named HGR's Executive Director in 2008, and Executive Director of Strategic Development in 2015. Under her leadership, Heartland became a model program recognized throughout the state for at-risk and sexually exploited/trafficked girls.

CeCe serves on the Safe Harbor Statewide Director Advisory Panel and is an active member of the Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. She is certified in the My Life, My Choice curriculum for sexually exploited youth and has completed the Executive Director Leadership Program through the University of St. Thomas.  CeCe co-authored “Heartland Girls’ Ranch Hearts for Freedom Project: A Resource Guide for Working with Sexually Exploited Youth & Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Law”, and has also written her own curriculum, designed specifically for sexually exploited girls. CeCe is frequently invited to speak on human trafficking and the hope of restoration for exploited women.



Shelter and Transitional housing will include room and beds for women with young children (5 years and younger).


Shelter beds are for woman who need temporary care and support for 30-90 days. Leaving “the life” can be a difficult decision for many reasons. At Terebinth Refuge we understand this and work to provide women with their immediate needs, hot meals, clean clothes, hygiene supplies and a place to stay for a time; no judgement, just love encouragement and care.


Transitional Housing

Terebinth Refuge will provide a strength-based, trauma-informed home and supportive environment for women who are ready to take the steps of leaving “the life”. Supportive services will include, sexual exploitation specific support group,  individual therapy, chemical dependency support, life skills education,  education and employment assistance, spiritual guidance as well as access to legal support services. Some services such as medical will be referred out into the community. Length of stay will be dependent on the individual needs of each woman as an individualized plan is developed to help her transition and meet her goals. Our purpose is to help each woman reach a place in which she has experienced significant healing in her life, recognizes her God-ordained worth and has developed the confidence and skills to move forward into a healthy and successful life.



Terebinth Refuge will provide safe, supportive, and trauma-informed  housing with  shelter bed services  and transitional housing  for women and their young children ages 5 and under.


At Terebinth Refuge we know that the ravages of living “the life” can bring about a variety of physical, mental and emotional difficulties. We will assist women in getting the medical care they may need. We will provide trauma based therapy and counseling, sex trafficking curriculum and support group, chemical dependency support, along with seeking God’s healing and grace to move women toward healing and transformation in their lives.

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At Terebinth Refuge we will seek to provide women a place of rest, a place to let go of the past, and experience genuine love and acceptance in their lives. We will seek to provide a safe, calm and peaceful environment in which women can begin enjoying life as God intended. We will provide creative recreation, leisure and exercise opportunities.

Our hope is that women will experience, restoration, God’s transformative love, grace and personal words for their lives and future. 


At Terebinth Refuge we believe God has a good and fulfilling purpose for each women’s life. We seek to help women discover those innate strengths, gifts and qualities they possess and provide opportunities to explore, learn and grow in those strengths. We will provide education assistance such as GED, and college entrants. We will provide legal advocacy. We will assist women with life skills such as finance management, house management, and cooking skills. We will assist with job coaching and job placement opportunities. Our goal is to provide women the needed skills and support for their future success and stability.

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