Congratulations to the three brothers who phased up today. Adam moved from 2 to 3, Paul went from 3 to 4, and Tom moved up from 1 to 2. We are so grateful to God for the growth we have seen in all three of you!
Most people don't like Mondays, but they are a very special time for the newest men in our Ministry. The guys at Phase One have all arrived on a Monday, so it's an anniversary of sorts for them. It's also a chance to renew their faith at the start of a new week. We...
Our staff has been working to make the new Women's Ministry a reality for more than a year now, and today it finally happened. We held our first Women's Orientation this morning and welcomed three sisters to the Ministry. Kristy Anderson, our Women's Ministry Program...
Monday, for the first time, we will hold Open Orientations for both our Women's and Men's Ministries. Both are free residential Ministries for people struggling with addiction. Both will be held at Veritas Community Church - West at 12 S. Terrace Ave., Columbus, OH...
This is a look at one of the fun team-building exercises the guys at Phase One did this weekend. It's kind of a version of Musical Chairs. The guys have to work together to keep one person from being able to sit in an open seat. It's a lot of fun, and helps build...
Signups are now open for The Refuge 2018 Golf Outing! This is your chance to play one of Central Ohio's most exclusive private courses and support The Refuge at the same time. The Golf Outing will be held Monday, May 21 at Pinnacle Golf Club. It's $125 per golfer, or...
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.
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.
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.
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.