The Refuge Family

Glad To Have You Here!

It is very important to us that you realize that this new journey toward transformation is just as much about you as it is about your guy. No matter what your story or how you got here – God desires to have a personal and lasting relationship with you as well.

“When a man changes as much as The Refuge changes men the rest of the family changes too, if willing! I am a changed, better person, closer to God because my son went to The Refuge!”
– Marla Hurst, Refuge Parent

As your Refuge family, we are here to support you in your journey toward a healthy life and relationship with God as much as we can because we’ve all been right where you are. Let that remind you of one thing: there is always hope!

“…and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts…”
– Romans 5:5

We look forward to meeting each of you in person, hearing your story, and helping you heal so that you can help reach out to others! Here are a few ways to find us:

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.

Family Support Team

We know your guy’s first 30-45 days in the Refuge (Phase 1) are often the most difficult for him – and for you! Here is contact information for a few women who have been there and have offered to be available for questions.

Renee Sleeper  rsleeper@therefugeohio.org | Beth Beatty – jbeatt5@columbus.rr.com

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

For emergencies or ministry-related questions during those times, contact us at (614) 991-0131.

To reach us outside of business hours, please message us on our Facebook page

Veritas West Community Church

You are welcome to join our Veritas West church family any Sunday at 10:30am (12 S. Terrace Ave, Columbus OH 43204). This is the same location where your guy attended our Orientation, and the same church where he will attend through Phase 3 and Phase 4! If you don’t have a church home, we strongly suggest that you find one (our Refuge Network page might help!), and even better if you’d like to join ours!

Join us for our free Discovery Breakfast, Thursday September 23rd at 8AM catered by Panera Bread. Click the link to the left to learn more and sign up.

Success Stories

"This has been one of the best years of my life. I wouldn't trade it for anything."

- Andrew


"The miracles that happen in The Refuge are undeniable."

- Josh


"Relying on God more."

- Dustin


"There is hope."

- Nate

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.