There is no excuse for abuse . . .

bldgfrontEl Refugio (ERI) operates the Casa Carmel Shelter for battered women/men and their children, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Temporary shelter is provided for up to 90 days with 30 day reviews. Safety and security are provided along with case management services and educational programs.
Our guidelines and rules set a safety structure for single women/men and their children. Those entering the shelter must be self-sufficient and in immediate danger. El Refugio's mission and goal is to provide the doorway that is essential to a new life without violence and a path to taking control and restoring self-respect through our [Services & Programs].
home_sundaymealsEl Refugio's Casa Carmel Shelter, a doorway to a new life without violence, a doorway to reclaiming control and restoring self-respect. We provide classes that deal with dynamics of domestic violence and ways to break the cycle. We are able to do this work because of the dedication and continuous support of [Volunteers] from the community.

Thank You!


A big “THANK YOU” to PNM for the Safety Grant that was awarded to El Refugio, Inc.

Because of this grant El Refugio was able to purchase a total of 35 bikes for girls and boys, 2 women’s bikes, 29 helmets, 2 scooters, 2 trikes and 2 sets of training wheels.  The children were thrilled, and this helped them focus on the joys of life.  This grant allowed us to pay for 1 eye exam, 1 frame, plastic lenses and for 2 lens protectants.  The child coordinator purchased a bundle of “Puppy Dog & Ice Cream” books. (Emotional Growth Books) Along with the books, thanksgiving activity books were purchased as well as a children’s Valentine Board kit. Thank you, PNM, for helping us put a smile on these precious individuals.  The children rode their new bikes down our office hallways to show off their new bikes to staff.  The women that received a bike use them to get to work.

Big shout out to PNM!!!!


Rachel Sierra - Executive Director