January Ministry Newsletter
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In this newsletter, you'll find a letter from Paul Juarez, the executive director of First Refuge Ministries, information about our Mustache Dash 5K, our newest staff member, a specific need we have at First Refuge and news about programs at the medical clinic.

From the Directors Desk

First Refuge Family,
Happy New Year! My prayer is that you had a great start to the New Year. As we think of the New Year I would ask you to pray more for First Refuge Ministries as changes have been happening and will continue to happen. I have heard that change is evidence that God is working in your life. As changes happen please pray for me, especially to make decisions that bring honor and glory to God. I think we will look back at 2016 as a year of change and unity for God's people. In whatever capacity you support us, please hang in there with me. May God bless you and prosper you this year.
For His glory,
Paul Juarez
Executive Director
First Refuge Ministries

News & Ministry Highlights

Mustache Dash 5K
Registration is officially open! Join us for the Leigh Hilton Mustache Dash 5K benefitting First Refuge Ministries. This race will be Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 9:00am at South Lakes Park in Denton. Check out our website for more information or click here to register

Welcome Our New Counseling Coordinator!
First Refuge has the honor to add Erica Rivers, MA, LPC, CPT as our new Counseling Coordinator!

She is founder of Forte Counseling and Wellness Center, PLLC in Flower Mound, TX where she works as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Personal Trainer. Erica is originally from Rochester, NY where she spent her first 18 years, went to Virginia Tech for undergraduate studies in Exercise Science and French, and then moved to Texas where she continued her schooling. Erica has a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary and is passionate about helping people get healthier physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Erica has experience working as a counselor at a medical facility leading groups and performing individual therapy as well as individual, group, and marriage counseling in private practice settings. Erica can be reached at

Immediate Volunteer Need
First Refuge is in immediate need of a couple men that would be willing to help pick up fresh produce from Lewisville twice a month. It would be every other Tuesday and takes about 2 hours of time. If you have a truck it would be helpful, but is not required. Contact Jodi Massey for more information or to volunteer.  

Free CPR and AED Training
If interested, contact Brenda Eckel, medical clinic coordinator at (940) 484-4384.
Will you donate just ½ or 1 day a month to help in the medical clinic?

We need doctors, PAs, NPs, nurses, medical assistants, receptionists, patient advocates, pharmacy techs, pharmacists, and English-Spanish speakers to function as translators. The time is well spent and fulfilling to helping those who need medical care but who have no health insurance or the ability to pay for medical services. Won’t you please help?

Around First Refuge

A big thank you to Bryce Olsen and the BIG-C group who cam to First Refuge and cleaned up our storage buildings!

Last Month
at a Glance

Pediatrics: 10
Adults Clinic:   21
PAP Apps: 8  (savings patients $1,110)
Medicine Assit. Apps: 2 (FR cost: $76.24, Savings for patients: $469.99) 

Families Served: 216
Seniors Served: 63
Adults Served: 316
Children Served: 219

Clinic Visits: 2

Appointments: 16

Extractions: 20
Cleanings: 6
Exams: 6
Patients Seen: 25
Dental Professional Volunteer Hours: 26
Other Volunteer Hours: 49
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