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The House of New Beginnings

The Women's Refuge of Vero Beach offers hope and a home to women whose lives are falling apart

From all outward appearances Karen Schaefer seemed to have the best of all worlds. A school teacher, she had inspired students for 22 years and received recognition for her many professional accomplishments; she had friends, a beautiful home, and enough money to pay the bills with some left over. Sound wonderful? It wasn't.
For years, Karen had struggled with issues stemming from an emotionally dysfunctional childhood, coping in crisis mode until she found herself careening down the wrong way on a one-way street. Karen knew she needed help, and fast.
The help came from the Women's Refuge of Vero Beach, a 501c(3) non-profit organization that proves a Christian program where women can find healing through biblical counseling.

Read the entire article in the January 2009 issue