Mission: Create gospel-centered community to revitalize the West side of Columbus
Vision: Create a portfolio of safe, affordable, and exceptional homes owned by Refuge men and their families and empowering men to live as servant leaders because they are loved by Jesus - the best neighbors on the West side.
Every year, hundreds of men step through the doors of the Refuge and start a new life. With the support of the staff, men, volunteers and mentors around them, they work hard over 13 months to rebuild their self-confidence and courage, their trust in God and in those around them, even their family relationships and employment opportunities. A persistent few will stay to the end, committing themselves to growth, accountability, and a future as responsible men of God for the rest of their lives.
Meet the men we’d like to honor and equip through Project 614: a community development corporation operated by the Refuge Ministries to provide viable opportunity for home ownership to the men of the Refuge who have successfully completed their 13-month commitment and have a passion to live out the Gospel on the West side of Columbus. We look forward to working side by side with these men in the months and years to come to build a lasting community together - to the glory of God and for the good of everyone around them.
It all began with a vision for the West side of Columbus. If you’ve been around the Refuge for the last 17 years or so, you have most likely heard of the “20/20 VIsion”: the call to build community on the West side of Columbus and our desire to see 20 men own 20 homes by the year 2020. That is still very much the case, and now God is providing the means!
Project 614 seeks to see the 20/20 fulfilled and exceeded as we “create gospel-centered community on the West side of Columbus.” We now have the staff and are collecting the knowledge, resources and volunteers to actually be able to put into action what has been a dream for so many years. We cannot wait to see God work and actually put men who were once homeless and hopeless into homeownership!
WHO is responsible?
“I am excited to be a part of the Project 614 team because we have the opportunity to see a broken community redeemed by broken men who themselves are redeemed by Jesus Christ.”
"God has truly blessed me with the opportunity to work in finance over the last 26 years, helping people buy their first home or start a new business. I am so excited that God has now called me to do the same within the ministry with Project 614. It is going to be awesome watching God work, seeing families and entire communities transformed for Christ!"
“Our God is a God of full redemption and restoration, and so many of us have been restored personally from complete hopelessness. I want to help build the end of the story for these men and their families. How wonderful would it be for us to gather a community of true believers - giving and loving as we have been loved?”
“The goal is not as much about the houses - it’s about what’s going to be happening in and around the house. I want my home to be a place where God is present and I want my neighbors to feel that presence as well!”
“I am every Refuge guy. When I look at them I see me. My life was transformed, and I am honored to take part in the transformation of others.”
Kenny Bartlett Construction Manager
“God has been preparing me for this, remodeling homes for the past 15 years. But I was doing it for the wrong reasons: selfishness, greed, etc. Now, having gone through the Refuge, I know God has me in the right spot. Being a part of Project 614 is a huge honor and blessing.”
“...We believe an affordable place to call home helps sustain long term recovery for the men by creating stability, which launches them and their families into a positive trajectory of generational change that includes hope, improved health, and a better quality of life…”
Project #1 - 135/137 S. Princeton Ave.
Owner Applicant: Philip Parker
“I came into the Refuge three and a half years ago completely broken. I literally had nothing left. Because of my lifestyle and my drinking and drug use, I couldn’t even do the simplest of tasks anymore. I didn’t care about anything or anyone and all of my problems were because of other people around me - it was my boss’s fault or my mom’s fault or my dad’s or my sister’s. If only they all tried to understand how I felt, the world would be perfect. I walked around feeling and thinking this way for years! I never knew exactly how selfish I was until I came into the Refuge, and it was quite an awakening to have my pastor and all these supposed brothers tell me the truth about what I really was. Since then, I have learned how to lean on God more and myself less. Simply put, I am nothing without Him!"