For Businesses

Why You Should Care About Addicton

Let’s start with the obvious: why should you care about addiction?

“If you don’t deal with this issue now, quite frankly you’re going to struggle to find employees. Addiction is wrecking marriages, potential applicants can’t stay sober enough to get a job – much less keep it, theft on the job site continues to escalate, employees have a lack of work ethic, and the list goes on. It’s tough to hire people you can trust. Addiction isn’t stopping, and it will flow over into your business if you don’t address this issue.”

– Tom Thompson, Refuge Founder & Executive Director

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.

Are you a business owner, manager, or employee looking to connect your company to the cause?

We’re with you! As a ministry, we’ve made the effort to stay involved in the marketplace, and we have not had a man finish the ministry without a full-time job offer in more than 5 years. Let’s see what else we can do together.

How We Can Help

1. Train Men For Work Now.
Called our “Tier 1 Employers”, this select group of companies employs our men while they are still in Phases 2-4 of the Refuge through a work training/temp service model. The men’s wages help pay their way through the ministry, and the work helps ingrain in them a work ethic, while building personal rapport and a resume at the same time. Must be in or near Central Ohio to be considered.

2. Put men to work upon completion.
These employers are what we call Tier 2 (unskilled labor) or Tier 3 (technical/professional track), and the simple requirements are a knowledge of/relationship with the Refuge, and a willingness to consider Refuge graduates for job opportunities upon completion. We will connect with you about potential applicants as they arise.

3. Give financially to help men stay at the Refuge.
Consider giving monthly to help support the work of the Refuge and addiction ministries around the state. Thank you for choosing to invest in your community – and honestly, your future!

4. Donate in kind/materials – for Project 614, the Refuge, or even other addiction ministries.
Help our ongoing renovation efforts at Project 614 by donating in kind, or take the pressure off the never-ending upkeep costs as residential ministries by offering deals. We’ll be happy to put you in touch with ministries in your area to make this happen!

5. Connect to other local ministries nearer to you.
We are quick to recognize that the Refuge is not the solution to the addiction epidemic, and neither is any other single non-profit or corporation. We can each, however, make a difference in our own communities, and we want to help you start there. Contact us and we’ll try to connect you with ways you can fight the addiction epidemic right where you live and work.

Current Business Partners

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.