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The Refuge Ranch is a 21-building, $7.5 million, labor of love, nestled among the Bastrop County pine trees. Developed by The Refuge for DMST™ (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking), a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Refuge Ranch, is a long-term, residential, therapeutic community for 48 girls, minors through age 19, who have been rescued out of sex trafficking. Built from the ground up on 50 acres in a beautiful and restorative setting outside of Austin, TX, The Refuge Ranch provides trauma-informed, holistic care for the girls on site, including: psychiatric services from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Psychiatry and the Institute for Early Life Adversity Research; education through the University of Texas-University Charter School (UT-UCS); medical services by community partners; and various therapeutic programs uniquely designed for the development of a child survivor.
The Refuge Ranch, with 48 beds, is the largest long-term, live-in rehabilitation facility for child survivors of sex trafficking in the United States.
Burke Center for Youth
Pathfinders Ranch is our residential treatment center in Driftwood, Texas. We serve boys who are currently unable to live in a family setting due to traumatic events in their lives. Often the negative experiences they have endured lead to their inability to manage their behaviors effectively. We provide a structured setting where the boys can participate in skill building programs, change negative behaviors and set their feet on a path to rebuilding their lives.
Forty years ago, Rosemary Burke had a dream. She met Charlie Campise and together they opened a residential treatment center on a ranch in Driftwood, Texas. Soon Rosemary’s dream grew and the Burke Center for Youth expanded to 4 locations in the Dripping Springs area serving 20 boys at the Ranch and 150 foster children.
To promote healing and inspire hope for children in crisis. For the children who have suffered abuse and neglect, we provide safe and loving environments so they may form healthy relationships and look
forward to a brighter future.
All children deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to flourish. Our vision is to rebuild lives and put those we serve on the path to stop the cycle of abuse.