BENEFITING: COMMUNITY RENEWAL INC
Gates of Dawn (G.O.D.) Restoration Refuge is a sanctuary for abused women and children on the path to excellence.
Our mission is the walk with women as they build a bridge of hope to new lives.
G.O.D. is a unique organization that focuses on the total solution for abused women addressing the problem at its roots. Women are often challenged by lack of education, vocational training, and stable job history. These challenges trap them in abusive relationships.
We use horses, yes horses to help the women heal from the violence of their perpetrators. We match each woman up with a rescued/abused horse and together they embark on a journey of restoration.
Kim Meeder, a renown Christian author who has a horse ranch for at-risk youth quotes: "During the darkest days I'd ever known, I was introduced to the unconditional love of a little horse, and my life has never been the same."
Horses can be very therapeutic for women who have been traumatized by the violence in their homes. Their sheer size can aid women in learning about trust. Because horses are prey animals, they exist off their feelings. Victims often learn not to feel because it has not been safe to. Horses respond in a way that can aid the women to feel again and begin the process of rebuilding their sense of empowerment.
Domestic violence is a silent and hidden killer. Women who graduate G.O.D.'s program will increase their economic security as they create a more stable existence; fulfilling thier destiny and purpose. We believe that when we both honor and value women, equip them with tools to create a life worth living, the whole community benefits. We do this by: biblical discipleship, vocational training, counseling, and our adopt-a-horse program.