About Wounded Refuge
Wounded Refuge, Inc. began with the first touch of his hand, the first molesting. It continued to evolve, and form with each abuse, pain, and sorrow thereafter; with every drink or drug I took. Each choice of promiscuity, every stage performance, that which was meant to harm me, and the harm I inflicted on others; all became little glimmers of light waiting to shine, which God would use to form Wounded Refuge, Inc. It all began the day I was born, and will continue long after I am home with Jesus.
My birth Father was a Pentecostal Pastor. I was molested by him, and watched him abuse my Mother and siblings as a young child. His abuse was done in the name of Jesus, therefore, I had a very skewed idea of what God was. I was blessed to later be adopted and have a new Father, when my Mother remarried. However, the seed had already been planted; I was worthless.
I spent my childhood and adult years growing, embracing, and reacting, to that seed of worthlessness. Every choice or decision I made stemmed from it. I was desperately searching to be loved, not knowing love even when I was surrounded by it. I was asked if I would be interested in starting a group for abused women, and in June 2014, the purpose of my life took root.
I believe, that to heal, you must revisit the pain of the past, look at it for the truth that it is, enabling you to remove the power from it. You must be an adult, that your younger self, or child, can trust, allowing the truth of the past to be revealed. Since I embraced the process of healing, the child in me is now able to hold hands, and walk safely, with the adult I have become.
In the pages of my book, Let Go and Fly, you will find my story. Through my story, God has taken what others meant for harm, and is now using it to heal or “save many people” (Genesis 50:20). Through our meetings, services, and this book, you will find exactly what you need to step out of the pain of the past, discover your true purpose, and move forward with your life in joy. You will find a refuge for your wounds.
My prayer for you is that you will embrace the healing gift of God. That you will walk boldly into this next leg of your journey, and will receive all that God has for you. My prayer is for you to walk, hand in hand, child and adult, fulfilling your purpose.
Pamyla Dennis © 2017 and beyond
Our Humble Beginning
We began as a small, simple support in my living room. The need grew quickly, outgrowing my living room. Our meetings were facilitated between loaned building space & my living room from June of 2015 to October 2016.
Wounded Refuge became a nonprofit corporation November 2016. Needing a larger meeting place, the Helen Grey Center in Joshua Tree offered their facility. We now have multiple meetings, in multiple locations. We are in the process of procuring facilities for Apple Valley and Desert Hot Springs.
Are you willing?
I believe that we come into this world with an empty tablet. Then, as we grow, people write on our tablets. People write things of love and kindness, or sometimes pain and destruction. Some things are written on our tablets in pencil and are easy to erase. Others are written in what seems to be permanent marker, and takes more effort to remove. My tablet had worthlessness in a 76-pt. font, of permanent marker.
Excerpt from Let Go and Fly by Pamyla Dennis © 2017
Our mission is to facilitate healing by providing tools that empower people to achieve their full potential. It is our goal, through the process of healing for each person to become a benefit to themselves, their family and their community.
We are located in the High Desert and spreading quickly. Wounded Refuge is known for it's community support in the High Desert.
Currently we have multiple women’s support groups, and online/video chat recovery programs, with men’s, family support, and addiction & recovery services to follow. We are members of Partnership for Care, Partnership for Wellness, and Morongo Basin Haven. We have support, and receive referrals, from Riverside County Family Services, San Bernardino County Behavioral Health, Pacific Clinics, TAY Center, and Valley Star Crisis Walk-In Center- Morongo Basin & High Desert.