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Orientation Is Monday!

Orientation Is Monday!

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, make Monday the day that all changes! On Monday, November 5, we will welcome 12 men and 2 women into our FREE (no cost, no insurance needed) ministry for drug and alcohol addiction. So what do you have to lose?...

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Watch The Refuge Fundraising Gala Live!

Watch The Refuge Fundraising Gala Live!

Tonight we celebrate the lives of men and women freed from addiction and transformed through Christ in our ministry. We are also working to provide for the men and women still to come. If you would like to give to support our mission to change lives affected by...

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The Refuge Featured In New Documentary

The Refuge Featured In New Documentary

A new documentary titled “Not In Vein” showcases The Refuge as one of the faith-based groups fighting back against the opioid crisis in Ohio and across the United States. The film explores the true cost of the crisis on families and communities and proposes new...

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Awarding A Courage Cross

Awarding A Courage Cross

A man or woman’s journey through The Refuge is full of milestones. The first is the awarding of the Courage Cross.   We hand it out to people who complete their first week in the ministry. It takes 13 months to complete, but that first week is often the toughest.  ...

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Text The Refuge

Text The Refuge

We’re trying to make it even easier for you to share our message of hope and transformation through Christ. If you want to know more about our Men’s or Women’s Ministry, you can now text us to get a link to information about both. Just send “Men” to 740-224-4646 to...

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Table Captain Update

Table Captain Update

More than half of the seats for our 2018 Fundraising Gala are already full! We’re way ahead of last year’s pace, and expect to be at capacity well before the event on October 14. If you are interested in being a part of this incredible night, please register soon!...

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A Day Of Service In Columbus

We are so proud of 30 of our guys who spent the day out on the streets serving others. The men from Phases 2-4 picked up nearly 100 bags of trash on the west side as part of "Kick Butt Columbus." It was a great chance to show our love for our neighborhood and everyone...

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Understanding Our Ministry

When we talk about our men's and women's ministries, we're not talking about buildings or organizations. We're talking about the men and women who represent everything we work and pray for. Our ministry is the people whose faith is actively moving them every day from...

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Welcoming New Brothers To The Ministry

Mondays are always special ones for the brothers of Phase One. That's the day they get to meet the new men who are just joining our Ministry. We know this can be a tough transition for some of the new guys - they're in a place they've never been before, with people...

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What Is Encounter?

Encounter is one of the most significant events we hold each month. It's the first opportunity the newest men in our Ministry, from Phase One, to meet the brothers who have already progressed further along. It's also the only time every man in our Ministry is together...

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Help Share Our Message!

We are so grateful to everyone who has shared our message of hope and healing. Now, we've made it even easier for you to help! Check out our new website. It's mobile friendly so you can keep up with us from anywhere. We now have a special page dedicated just to making...

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A New Community Of Believers

A new community of believers is growing this week at Phase One. It's always powerful to watch the brothers change and grow as people during their first weeks in our Ministry, transforming from broken people to men of God.

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Tyler’s Testimony

One of the most memorable parts of Men's Orientation every Monday is the testimony of the men who are still progressing through our Ministry. Every week, they tell their stories of brokenness and addiction, and then share their experiences with The Refuge. It's always...

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Phase Up!

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!

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Monday Morning at Phase One

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...

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Team-Building At Phase One

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...

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Sign Up Today For The Refuge 2018 Golf Outing

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...

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Welcome To Our Women’s House

Our Women's Ministry staff has been working overtime to get the house ready for women to move in next Monday, and it looks awesome! We will hold our first Women's Orientation on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 9:00 am, and will welcome four women into our Ministry that day....

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Meet Our Women’s Ministry Staff

Our Women's Home opens next Monday, March 12, 2018 to serve women whose lives have been affected by addiction. This week, our staffers are working to make all their final preparations to get the house ready for the women who will join our Ministry next week. Bekah,...

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Accepting The Lord

Accepting The Lord

It has been a week full of blessings at Phase One. We welcomed new brothers on Monday, then on Wednesday morning, Timothy Logan accepted the Lord. Being a part of this Ministry is an experience full of blessings, but the chance to be a part of men's walk to Christ is...

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Women’s Orientation Starts On Monday

Women’s Orientation Starts On Monday

We are so excited that our Women's Ministry is about to open its doors for the first time. Our staffers, Bekah, Kristy, and Bethany, have all be working overtime to get the house ready and have everything they need to welcome the sisters of the Ministry to their new...

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Two Brothers Phasing Up

Two Brothers Phasing Up

The two guys you see in the photo above are Nate Habadank and Mike Zervis. They will officially phase up from Phase One to Phase Two on Monday, but tonight they shared their resolutions. It's a special moment every man who goes through The Refuge has at the end of his...

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Installing Solar Panels

Installing Solar Panels

Some of our guys in Columbus got the chance to be a part of a very cool project this week. They helped install solar panels on the roof of a farm house in Franklinton - right in the heart of the city. They will help power a produce cooler and also some farm apprentice...

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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.)

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1 Bible & Notebook

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8 pairs of pants or shorts (seasonally-appropriate)

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8 shirts (seasonally-appropriate)

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3 Pairs of shoes

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3 sweaters or sweatshirts (if seasonally-appropriate)

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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 Mission

Lives affected by addiction,
changing through Christ.

Our Purpose

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free.” Luke 4:18 NLT

Our Vision

Changing lives of the addicted and those surrounding them through discipleship.

Support Us

The Refuge Is A Not-Profit Organization