For Churches

From Isolation to Community

We have much work to do. Statements like the ones above, continually swirling around the drug issue as it sweeps the nation – actually give us hope. Why? Because not only has Christ called the church to be a place of deep community, where isolation is confronted, wounds are healed and fears calmed – but now your community calls for the same thing!

“The most prevalent health issue in the country is not cancer or heart disease or obesity. It is isolation, social disconnection.” 
– US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

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.

Our Responsability

This is what we’re commanded to as a church: to work for the broken, the fatherless, the poor, the downcast. This is exactly what Jesus did and would be doing if He were here today. Just read Luke 4:18, Jesus’ call to ministry, and look for the broken and hurting that you know – your family, your neighbors, the people a few houses down or a few rows over in church. You’ll see that in the midst of addiction is exactly where Christ would have been. We must be the ones to follow in His steps, making disciples, bringing unconditional love, acceptance, and the gospel to a hurting culture.

“That’s how it all started. We said – let’s find out. Does this Bible work? Does this God, if I put my faith in Him, truly transform people?” – Tom Thompson, Founder & Executive Director

Join us to share hope for frantic mothers, resources and opportunities for community connection, and freedom for men caught in the struggle of addiction in your community. Rise up, church, and let’s join God where He is working!

Champions Groups

Use small group discipleship to care for those needing support in or around addictions. Let us help you find a “champion” in your congregation, train him/her to care for addicts and their loved ones well, and walk with them to offer support, all at no cost.

Fill out the form above and indicate your interest to receive access to your first training module specifically for Champions on our Online University: 101 – Quick Start Guide to the Champions Network. Other benefits of the network include: invitation to shadow one of our existing champions for training; ongoing access to new virtual training courses on the Online University; access to a monthly champions webinar to share best practices and grow together.

In or around central Ohio?
Offer hope – in person!

Interview with Crossroads Church
The men of the Refuge and our founder, Tom Thompson, have been sharing their stories for years – total transformation and impossible new life made possible through Christ and their commitment to a discipleship process. As you are building momentum in your congregation and community, we are here to serve you by asking our alumni, men, staff and families to share.

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.