Below are the answers to many of the most frequently-asked questions about The Refuge Ministries. If you don’t see the answer to your question below, feel free to email us at info@therefugeohio.org or call us at 614-991-0131.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost. Participation in the ministry is free, and there is no insurance necessary. Because we are a working ministry, the wages of the men in Phases 2, 3, and 4 serve to sustain about ⅔ of our operating costs! The rest comes from generous individuals and churches, but all together affords us the chance to offer the men and their families this opportunity completely free of charge.

I am a man who wants to get in. How can I do that?

Intake occurs every Monday and Thursday at our weekly Open Orientations. In order to protect the integrity of our program, we only accept applicants on Mondays and Thursdays. Interested applicants are welcome to attend the information session, fill out an application, participate in an interview with our staff, then (upon acceptance), leave with the coordinator to enter Phase 1 that same day. Families/support systems are also welcome to attend.

Orientation is held Monday at 10:00 am at:
Veritas Community Church – West
12 S. Terrace Ave., Columbus, OH

Orientation is held Thursday at 10:00 am at:
Maple Street United Methodist Church
438 E. Wheeling St., Lancaster, OH

The information session runs approximately from 10:00 to 10:45, with applicant interviews to follow.

I am not an Ohio resident. Can I still get in?

Yes, we accept men from out-of-state as well as Ohio residents. If you are coming from out of state, we strongly recommend that you contact us to set up a pre-screening interview before arriving for an Orientation. If you live 2+ hours away from the Orientation location, please fill out the pre-screen application at TheRefugeOhio.org/men

My son is currently in jail/prison. Can he come in after he is released?

Men are welcome to come to one of our weekly orientations once they are released. However, we are not able to reserve beds in advance. If he lives more than two hours from our Orientation locations, he can fill out a prescreen application after he is released. NOTE: We will not conduct prescreening interviews unless the man has filled out the prescreen application himself.

What items do I bring with me to Orientation?

  • 8 pairs of pants/shorts
  • 8 shirts
  • 3 sweaters/sweatshirts
  • 3 pairs of shoes
  • 8 pairs of socks & underwear
  • 1 Bible & notebook
  • Personal hygiene products:
    • 1 shampoo & conditioner
    • 1 body wash & bar of soap
    • 1 deodorant
    • 1 non-electric toothbrush,1 tube of toothpaste
    • 1 bag non electric razors, 1 can shaving cream
    • 1 hair-style product if needed.
  • Our “blessings closet” can help provide any items the applicant is not able to bring.

How can I join your Women’s Ministry?

You can learn more about our Ministry for women who are 18+ on our Women’s Orientation page, and on our Women’s Residential Ministry page. If you are not able to participate in our ministry for any reason, these are other facilities that provide treatment for women. Inclusion on this list does not constitute endorsement by The Refuge.

How old do you have to be to get into The Refuge?

We only accept men who are 18 years old or older.

Do I have to live in Ohio to get into The Refuge?

No, we accept men and women from out-of-state as well as Ohio residents.

Are you able to take sex offenders?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept registered sex offenders.

Can a man detox at The Refuge?

For the safety of our staff and men, we cannot medically detox, and therefore cannot accept men whose drug of choice was benzodiazepines or alcohol unless they have are already detoxed. Our staff is, however, very much accustomed to helping men through the process of withdrawal/detox from heroin, opiates, and other substances. These may be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Which theology does your Ministry follow?

The Refuge is a ministry that bases its programming on orthodox Christian values.

How do I get more information about Family Day?

When men phase up to our Phase Two home, they can begin making weekly phone calls. At this point, they will be the ones to invite you to Family Day and provide all of the necessary information about the event.

If my son doesn’t have a diploma –  do you have any resources to help him get his GED?

Yes. We do all we can to provide opportunities for the men to launch with everything they need to walk as responsible men of God. He will have more opportunity to explore these possibilities as he moves into our Phase 3.

I would like to make a physical donation. Who should I contact?

Thank you! For a complete list of our current needs, please the “immediate physical needs” section at the bottom of our “Pray, Serve, Give” page.

To inquire about making or delivering donations, please call or email Michele Davis: 614-991-0131/mdavis@therefugeohio.org

My son has already been through several other rehabs. What makes The Refuge different from other programs?

Three things:

  • We seek to honor God in everything we do.
  • We’ve seen the power of authentic, transparent discipleship. The men gain the support and honest friendships of a brotherhood here that it is difficult to find or build elsewhere.
  • We focus on holistic care & training. Addiction cannot be isolated and treated as one single issue. By the time men get to our doors, more often than not, addiction has taken over every part of their lives. We believe that any hope for change comes through Christ, practically through the new life that He offers – transformation of personal integrity, family values, work ethic, ongoing and intentional service, authenticity, leadership, and prayer. We are by no means perfect – but this is the model we strive for.

Other questions? Please contact us or check out our mission, vision, and values at TheRefugeOhio.org.