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Orientation Is Monday!

Orientation Is Monday!

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, make Monday the day that all changes! On Monday, November 5, we will welcome 12 men and 2 women into our FREE (no cost, no insurance needed) ministry for drug and alcohol addiction. So what do you have to lose?...

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Watch The Refuge Fundraising Gala Live!

Watch The Refuge Fundraising Gala Live!

Tonight we celebrate the lives of men and women freed from addiction and transformed through Christ in our ministry. We are also working to provide for the men and women still to come. If you would like to give to support our mission to change lives affected by...

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The Refuge Featured In New Documentary

The Refuge Featured In New Documentary

A new documentary titled “Not In Vein” showcases The Refuge as one of the faith-based groups fighting back against the opioid crisis in Ohio and across the United States. The film explores the true cost of the crisis on families and communities and proposes new...

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Awarding A Courage Cross

Awarding A Courage Cross

A man or woman’s journey through The Refuge is full of milestones. The first is the awarding of the Courage Cross.   We hand it out to people who complete their first week in the ministry. It takes 13 months to complete, but that first week is often the toughest.  ...

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Text The Refuge

Text The Refuge

We’re trying to make it even easier for you to share our message of hope and transformation through Christ. If you want to know more about our Men’s or Women’s Ministry, you can now text us to get a link to information about both. Just send “Men” to 740-224-4646 to...

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Table Captain Update

Table Captain Update

More than half of the seats for our 2018 Fundraising Gala are already full! We’re way ahead of last year’s pace, and expect to be at capacity well before the event on October 14. If you are interested in being a part of this incredible night, please register soon!...

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Step 2

Pack Your Bag

The following is a list of items that may be brought in to The Refuge. We can supply these items if necessary. Anyone bringing anything beyond the items listed above will be required to donate extra items to the ministry. We do not have enough storage for everyone’s personal items, so please do not plan to bring them unless specified! (Exceptions are determined on a case-by-case basis.)


1 Bible & Notebook


8 pairs of pants or shorts (seasonally-appropriate)


8 shirts (seasonally-appropriate)


3 Pairs of shoes


3 sweaters or sweatshirts (if seasonally-appropriate)


Personal hygiene products (no alcohol)

1 shampoo, 1 conditioner, 1 body wash/soap, 1 deodorant, 1 non-electric toothbrush, 1 tube of toothpaste, 1 bag of non-electric razors, 1 can shaving cream, 1 hair style product.

Step 3

Come To Orientation

Men’s Orientation is our version of what’s called “Intake” in some other places. You do not need to call to make a reservation or let us know that you are coming. Every weekend, we will post on our Facebook page and also our blog with the number of spots available for intake on the following Monday.

Men’s Orientation is open to the public. Potential applicants, family members, friends, community members, church members – anyone is welcome! Come check out The Refuge for yourself.

Columbus Orientation is held every Monday at 10:00 am at:

Veritas Community Church – West
12 S. Terrace Ave.
Columbus, OH 43204


Lancaster Orientation is held every Thursday at 10:00 am at:

Maple Street United Methodist Church
438 E. Wheeling St.
Lancaster, OH 43130

The first hour is dedicated to an informational session.
  • We’ll give you an overview of what to expect in our 13-month Men’s Residential Ministry.
  • Men who are currently in our Ministry or others who have graduated will share their stories.
  • We’ll hold an open Q&A session to answer any questions you may have. (You can find the answers to many frequently asked questions about our Men’s Ministry here)
  • Once everyone’s questions have been answered, we’ll ask any men who are interested in joining to conduct a short interview in a private room.
Step 4

Interview With Staff

If you decide that you want to join The Refuge, we’ll have you come
to meet with our staff and fill out some application paperwork.

This is our chance to get to know you better, confirm that you meet the
requirements to join, and help decide if The Refuge will be a good fit for you.

Interview times are dependent on the number of applicants each week, but please note:
Applicants must attend the information session to be considered for an interview.

Step 5

Leave For The Refuge

If you’re accepted to The Refuge, you will have an opportunity to let your friends and family know, and say goodbye before you leave.

Then, you will board our bus and depart for our Phase One home in Lancaster, Ohio.

You can learn more about what to expect there, and throughout your time at The Refuge on our Men’s Residential Ministry page.

Many common questions are answered on our Men’s Ministry FAQ page.

There is no cost to join The Refuge. You do not need to bring money, and there is no insurance required.

Our Mission

To change the lives of men affected by addiction through Christ.

Our Purpose

To lead men from active addiction to becoming fully recovered, responsible citizens who move forward and make a new beginning towards lives defined by new beliefs, values, and purpose.

Our Vision

To inspire fully recovered and responsible men of God who go on to live Christ-centered lives of Christian responsibility and purpose and bring still others to Christ.