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About Hope Refuge:

Hope Refuge Inc. is a local nonprofit organization established in 2013 in response to the growing awareness of the crisis in America involving children and young adults who are being trafficked in the commercial sex industry. Hope Refuge was founded to see exploited children and young adults in America set free and move forward into a healthy productive life. Hope Refuge believes that every person deserves to be free and that, as a community, we are responsible for protecting and caring for our children and the most vulnerable. Participants will have an opportunity to directly get involved with our team.

Latest Update:

We have applied for our Community Care License with the state and we are now expanding from just doing retreats with survivors to a full-time “Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program” for 12-17 year-old girls who have been sex trafficked in the USA.  We are currently looking for individuals who have a heart for these amazing children.  For more information or if you would like to submit your resume, please forward it to info@hoperefuge.org.



Direct Care Staff


This position requires a heart for serving those who have been traumatized through sex trafficking. This is an opportunity to make a difference and help by taking on a challenge. This position requires a highly motivated person who wants to work in a beautiful natural outdoor environment while pouring into the lives of our care recipients. This position provides care and supervision to minors from ages 12 to 18.

• Provide support to female care recipients
• Provides appropriate role modeling in a trauma-informed therapeutic environment that promotes the physical, mental and behavioral health of each resident
• Provide structure and assistance to support Individualized Treatment Plan
• Communicate and collaborate with care recipients to develop and reinforce daily living skills
• Assist in conducting and participating in daily activities
• Respond to care recipients with empathy, sensitivity and respect, maintaining trauma sensitive language and approaches in all interactions
• Actively engage in day-to-day structured and unstructured recreational activities and life skill development and maintenance
• Implement crisis intervention techniques in accordance with policy, procedure and agency training and ensure that non-violent physical interventions are implemented only in the event that a client is an immediate risk to self or others
• Assist in skills classes
• Assist in solving problems
• May include overnight supervision
• Other duties as assigned

• At least 21 years of age or older
• Bachelor’s degree preferred
• Valid CA Driver’s License Class A (Class B a plus)
• Current CPR/First Aid Certified (or willing to procure certifications within 3 months of hire)
• TB Clearance
• Complete a Live Scan background check
• Professional, welcoming and friendly demeanor
• Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and prioritize
• Proactive approach to work assignments and a “Get it done” attitude
• Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office applications

Clinical Director


The Clinical Director leads, oversees and manages the overall mental health treatment program for the residents of Hope Refuge. This position fulfills the role of primary clinical supervisor for all clinical functions to ensure that continuity and quality of treatment is maintained for all clients and families. The Clinical Director will assess youth mental health needs, supervise all clinical staff, case managers, and student interns that provide individual, group and/or family therapy. This position oversees all specialty mental health programming at the Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP).

This role and responsibilities will grow as the County’s mental health contract ceases approximately one year from licensing. Medi-Cal bill oversight will also increase.

• Ensure that the Specialty Mental Health Services at the STRTP are being provided in compliance with all protocols and applicable laws and regulations.
• Ensure that all required documentation, including Medi-Cal billing information, is completed and submitted on time.
• Ensure that all STRTP residents receive appropriate mental health treatment services.
• Review all residents’ progress notes no less than every seven calendar days.
• Supervise the intake assessment process and ensure that intake assessments reports are developed within regulatory time frames.
• Recruit, train and supervise residential therapists.
• Supervise clinical interns.
• Ensure that each resident’s Needs & Services Plan is reviewed and/or updated.
• Provide and support training on clinical topics as needed.
• Provide conflict de-escalation and mediation involving youth, as needed.
• Understand basic principles of Title 22 Standards of STRTP.
• Oversee Medi-Cal notes and Medi-Cal billable services.
• Attend Meetings related to Medi-Cal contract.
• Interact in a positive manner with the youth’s family members.
• Treat others with respect and confront negative behavior.
• Assist with the correction of deficiencies and quality improvement efforts.
• Ensure the safety, health and welfare of staff and students at all times.
• Other duties as assigned, verbally or in written form.

• Must maintain professional license (LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, Psychiatrist, Licensed Psychologist)
• Experience working with people in crisis.
• Obtain the appropriate number of CEUs each year to maintain license and training hours.
• Must be at least 21 years of age.
• Ability to pass a criminal background clearance check, drug screen, physical and TB test.
• Ability to prepare written reports and correspondence.
• Valid CA Driver’s License Class A (Class B a plus)
• Current CPR/First Aid Certified (or willing to procure certifications within 3 months of hire).
• TB Clearance.
• Professional, welcoming and friendly demeanor.
• Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and prioritize.
• Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office applications.



We are looking for highly motivated and positive individuals to work directly with at-risk young ladies. We are looking for positive role models with healthy boundaries and an outgoing personality to work directly with youth who have experienced drug/alcohol addiction, sexual and physical abuse, and/or related traumas.

We are looking for someone who is ready to embrace a new and challenging adventure at our unique location at a beautiful mountain setting, fairly remote for the safety of clients. We need committed individuals who will work well with others on this highly dedicated team, committed to excellence.

The Nurse shall administer medication and keep all documentation up to date. They will help to meet the medical needs of minor/non-minor dependents.


• Ability to perform duties of a Direct Care Staff/Residential counselor where necessary.
• Assisting in minor/non-minor dependent admissions, coordinating program policies, procedures and contracts
• Administering UAs for drug screening, occasional body searches, monitoring minor/non-minor dependents
• Administering minor/non-minor dependent medication per order. Call in prescriptions to pharmacy
• Completing clinical documentation in an efficient and timely manner
• Communicating regularly with multi-disciplinary treatment team members and staff
• Attendance and participation in terms of treatment planning and staff meetings
• Communicating with parents, minor/non-minor dependents and personnel of agency


• Valid California Nursing license with no restrictions
• Current CPR/BLS for Healthcare Provider card
• Graduate of an accredited school of nursing program
• Minimum one-year experience as a working nurse preferred. Mental health background, and/or experience working with youth and adolescent population preferred
• High comfort level with computers, programs (MS Office, email, clinical documentation)
• Excellent administrative, written and oral communications skills, organizational skills
• At least 21 years or older.
• Current Pro ACT Certification
• Clear Live Scan background check or Current Criminal Exemption.
• Current CPR/First Aid Certifications
• Knowledge of Community Care Licensing and CARF regulations.


Maintenance Handyman


This employee performs a variety of maintenance and repairs including general maintenance of on-site equipment, grounds care, and the general appearance and functionality of the property. This position is a hands-on working maintenance position that will require maintenance and construction duties.


• Perform maintenance request including cleaning, painting, repairing and refurbishing cottages as they become vacant.
• Install and repair plumbing and fixtures in cottages and facility buildings.
• Perform various repair work in carpentry, plumbing, electrical and mechanical according to work orders received.
• Mow, edge, trim, weed and perform other landscaping related job as needed.
• Clean, lubricate, protect, and otherwise maintain all facility tools and equipment.
• Clean up and haul debris from facility buildings and grounds.
• Clean out sewer lines when necessary using appropriate tools and equipment.
• Report unsafe conditions for cottages, facility buildings grounds, and any other hazard to Supervisors.
• Maintain inventory stock in assistance to Supervisor.
• Performs other duties in relation to maintenance as required or requested by the Facilities and Maintenance Director that may arise because of natural, man-made disasters, or other maintenance functions.
• Complete work orders, and paperwork required for record keeping in accordance with Maintenance Plan.
• Must complete work in satisfactory condition in accordance with Maintenance Plan.


• At least 21 years of age or older
• High school diploma or GED equivalent
• Technical trade school a plus
• Welding skills a plus
• 5 years recent maintenance experience
• Valid CA Driver’s License Class A (Class B a plus)
• Current CPR/First Aid Certified (or willing to procure certifications within 3 months of hire)
• TB Clearance
• Complete a Live Scan background check
• Professional, welcoming and friendly demeanor
• Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and prioritize
• Proactive approach to work assignments and a “Get it done” attitude
• Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office applications


We welcome applicants 18 years of age or older who are passionate to work in anti-trafficking. Undergraduate students and seasoned professionals in a range of fields are welcome. No previous nonprofit work or anti-trafficking experience is necessary. Applicants come from throughout the United States and around the world.



Hope Refuge is a beautiful retreat center located on 214 acres in the mountains of Santa Barbara, California filled with oak woodlands, rolling hills, and stunning ocean views. It is a perfect natural environment to find healing, rest, and recreation and be challenged to begin dreaming and preparing for a hope-filled future. It includes:

  • 214 Acres in the Santa Ynez Mountains 20 miles north of S.B.
  • Panoramic Views of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands
  • 3 Dorms: Each with 4 bedrooms/4 baths with a central living room area with a fireplace
  • 3 Class Rooms/Training Rooms including a computer lab, dance room, and music room
  • Art Studio
  • Hiking Trails
  • Organic Garden
  • Small Animal Farm
  • Large Dining Hall / Meeting Space
  • Swimming Pool
  • Low Ropes Course
  • High Ropes course with zip Line
  • Historic Stone House Retreat House


We are receiving applications now.

Applications are being accepted now.

If you have any questions, please email info@hoperefuge.org.

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

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