Affirmations, Resolutions, and Phase Up

We celebrated our weekly Phase Up at Phase One this weekend. We have affirmations where we go around the room and tell each other the positive things we see in one another. Then we go into Resolutions for the guys phasing up to Phase Two.

Congratulations to these five men who phased up this week: Tyler Clark, Tim Clark, David Howard, Tyler Carnes, and Bill Lehman.

It is always a true blessing to witness God's blessings as expressed through the progress of the men in our Ministry.

February Encounter Weekend

The men in our Ministry celebrated Encounter this weekend.

It's a monthly event that brings alumni and men from all phases of the Ministry together to meet, share stories, play games, and then hold a praise and worship service.

Men's Orientation Now Starts At 3:30 PM

We wanted to post a quick reminder that Men's Orientation now starts every Monday at 3:30 pm. That is a new time, so please make sure you make note of it.

We have five spots available for men to join our Ministry at Orientation on Monday.

You can learn more about Men's Orientation at, and visit our Men's Residential Ministry page to learn all about how our FREE 13-month Ministry can help if you're a man struggling with addiction.

If you're looking for help for a woman, our Women's Ministry is set to open in just a few weeks, with its first Orientation set for Monday, March 12.

Welcoming New Men To The Ministry

The ancient philosopher Lao Tzu said, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." This week, five men took that first step by coming to our Monday orientation and joining our Men's Ministry.

The photo at the top of this post shows them coming together as a group for the first time and praying before board the bus to Phase One outside Veritas Community Church.

Below, you can see them arriving at Phase One, and being greeted by the brothers who are ahead of them in the Ministry. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and the journey to sobriety and personal growth begins with a prayer and a bus ride to Vinton County and a trip across the bridge over Raccoon Creek.

We are so grateful that God has guided these men to our Ministry, and are truly grateful for the opportunity to serve them.


The Importance Of Accountability

Accountability is one of the key tenets to our Ministry. A man must be accountable not only to himself, but also his brothers in The Refuge, and most importantly to God.

The brothers of Phase Four held a meeting this week to discuss this important concept and ensure that they are all following the right path.

New Time For Men's Orientation

Are you a man who's ready to start living free from addiction?

Attend one of our Men's Orientation sessions. They're held every Monday at 3:30 pm ET at Veritas Community Church - West. NOTE: That is a new time. 

The address is 12 S. Terrace Ave., Columbus, OH.

You can learn more about what happens there and what you should bring with you by going to our Men's Orientation page.

Want more information about our Men's Ministry, what you'll be doing there, and where it is? Check out our Men's Residential Ministry page.

Still not sure if The Refuge can help you change your life for the better? Check out this video of men who just completed our program.

Women's Ministry Will Launch In March

We are so excited to announce that our Women's Ministry is now ready to open its doors!

We will hold our first Women's Orientation on Monday, March 12 at 9:00 am. It will happen at Veritas Community Church - West, at 12 S. Terrace Ave., Columbus, OH.

You can learn more by going to our Women's Ministry Orientation page.

Find out about what the women in our ministry will be doing by visiting our Refuge Women's Residential Ministry page.

And if you want to meet the women who helped make this dream a reality, check out this video.

Help Us Spread The Word!

This is a very exciting time for all of us at The Refuge.

Our Women's Ministry is about to open its doors. New brothers are entering our Men's Ministry every week, and others are phasing up and moving away from addiction and toward a new life as Men of God. We're about to open the doors of our second Project 614 home, and are already hard at work on the third.

There is so much to be grateful for, and so much good news to share.

If you know of someone who might be interested in joining our Ministry, or in supporting us in prayer, service, or through a gift, please share the link to The Refuge Facebook page and The Refuge's new blog with them.

As always, thank you for all that you do to support our mission and those in our Ministry.

Phase Up!

It's big night at Phase One in Vinton County where five men are phasing up to Phase Two of our ministry.

Dustin Lockett, Marcus Virgin, Deon Taylor, Josh Sherrill, and Chris Jayne have all completed their first 30 days and are ready to move up to Phase Two.

We are so proud of the progress and growth shown by all five of these brothers over the past month, and so grateful to God for guiding them to our ministry!


We Have 5 Spots Available In Our Men's Ministry

Ready to leave addiction behind and start living every day with true joy? We have room for five men to join our Ministry. There is no cost, and no insurance is needed.

If you want to make a real and lasting change in your life, please attend our Men's Orientation on Monday morning at 10:00 am. It's held at Veritas Community Church-West at 12 S. Terrace Ave., Columbus, OH.

For more information about our Ministry, what you can expect at Orientation, and what you should bring with you, please check our Men's Ministry page.

Also, just a quick reminder that Men's Orientation is moving to 3:30 pm starting on Monday, February 19th.