MEET THE STAFF
Redel (Red) - Safe Refuge Co-Founder
Red and Naomi founded Safe Refuge together in 2007. Red is a Registered Nurse who answered the call of God on her life to come back to serve the poorest of the poor in the nation of her birth. As a single mom to two, now grown sons, and a lola (grandma) to two precious grandchildren, Red's personal journey has been one of incredible challenges and beautiful victories. Red has faithfully served on Safe Refuge's leadership team since even before day one. She has served in many capacities including our National Director for the first 8 years, the chairman of our board, and coordinator for our Medical Outreach. Red is a gifted singer and passionate worshipper of God. She has a natural gift to nurture and serve as a mother to the motherlerless.
Edna Duca - Safe Refuge After Care Coordinator
Edna has been an integral part of Safe Refuge's leadership team since day 1. As an incredible woman of strength and integrity she has always served in any and every area of need. She teaches bible studies and parenting classes and oversees the staff in covering each of our home's day to day practical needs. Edna is mother to three grown children, Lola to two adorable treasures, wife of 25+ years, and a faithful servant of God for many years. We are so honored and blessed to have this powerful woman on our team!
Grace - Safe Refuge Administrative Assistant
Grace has been a part of our Safe Refuge Family since our very beginning days. Her parents pastor the church Safe Refuge was birthed in; Grace spent many hours as a young teenager hanging out in our first home playing the guitar and loving on the kiddos. Grace joined our full time staff 6 years ago coordinating our music programs and daily resident activities. Grace is a gifted musician with an incredible heart for the hurting and broken. She is currently studying social work, while continuing to serve on our leadership team! We are so proud of this warrior woman and thankful for the hope and healing tools God has given her.
Marilyn - Safe Refuge Program Coordinator
Affectionately known as "Ate Leng", Marilyn brings much joy and nurturing to our Safe Refuge Family. Leng and her husband faithfully pastored for many years before he finished his raceat a young age due to complications of diabetes. Leng is mother to one treasured son whom she loves with all her heart! Through her ministry at Safe Refuge, Leng loves little ones and older ones through loss and sorrows and helps them to experience family and care. We are honored to have this loving woman on our team!
Mercy- Center Director
Mercy has been an integral part of our leadership team since 2008. She is well named as her compassionate merciful heart plays a beautiful role in her calling and how she serves, directing one of our homes. Mercy and her husband Mark have three children and together they make sure our home stays standing. Mark is great at fixing broken necessities and we are so thankful for his willingness to serve. Mercy spends many hours a week loving on our residents and staff as well as creatively budgeting and marketing and delegating.Mercy is truly a remarkable amazing woman of God!
Maylen - Licensed Social Worker
May joined our staff in January of 2018 as an absolute answer to many prayers! She is an experienced social worker with an amazing heart to serve. May has her work cut out for her going back and forth between our homes taking care of all of our current residents on top of follow up with previous residents and of course coordinating intake for new and future residents. Ate May instantly bonded with the precious ones in our care and they get so excited to see her walk in the door! We are so appreciative and thankful for the unique skill set and gifts May brings to our leadership team!