my refuge house

In the city of refuge…God plans to help not harm,

give you hope and a future and return you from captivity

Conceptual Elevations of The Retreat - Cabin Architecture

my refuge house

My Refuge House is a home in Cebu, Philippines created to be a safe environment for girls who have been rescued from commercial sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and sexual abuse.

When girls are rescued, there are few places in the region that cater specifically to survivors of trafficking. My Refuge House is dedicated to providing access to the best care we can in order to effectively alleviate the trauma the girls have experienced, and to give them a hopeful future.

My Refuge House provides counseling, education, livelihood skills, and job skills training, as well as dental and medical care through qualified doctors. Many of the girls in our home come from Catholic and Protestant backgrounds and find great strength in the Bible. We offer Bible classes and a chance to worship God together.

*Services provided while employed at Visioneering Studios.

Downhill Side of The Retreat - Cabin Architecture
Front Porch of The Retreat - Cabin Architecture
Unfinished Interior of The Retreat - Cabin Architecture


  • Programming
  • Conceptual Design

project information:

  • Location: Naga, Cebu
  • Started: Spring 2010

building information:

  • Transition House
  • Village circle and residences
  • Pavillion and garden gatehouse
my refuge house

GMH By Design believes that a projects context is as important as any of the clients needs. This means each and every one of our projects takes the location of the project into consideration; local as well as the actual property itself.

my refuge house

GMH By Design is all about the comfort of our clients with the final project. For most, a remodel, addition, or new building will be one of the most expensive purchases they make. In the case of The Retreat, the client wanted to double the size of the original cabin while at the same time maintaining the feel of a secluded cabin.

my refuge house

The definition of retreat is a place of privacy or safety. The intent of GMH By Design when designing The Retreat was to provide just that a place for the client to rest, relax, and enjoy their privacy in a safe comfortable place.