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Praise and Worship at Phase One

Praise and Worship at Phase One

This is a very special time of year for the men in our Ministry. The 40 days leading up to Easter provide a time to reflect on the greatest event known to mankind. This morning at Phase One, we talked about Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection.

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Celebrating Founder’s Day At Phase One

Celebrating Founder’s Day At Phase One

Today was one of the most exciting days of the year at Phase One, Founder's Day. Four times each year, our founder, Tom Thompson, comes back to Phase One with a group of men who are about to graduate from our Ministry. It's a chance for him to celebrate their...

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Project 614 Open House

Project 614 Open House

Thank you to everyone who helped make our Project 614 Open House such a success tonight. We loved getting a chance to visit with great friends from Hillcrest Baptist, Moms2Be (Hilltop/Franklinton), Friends of the Hilltop, Hilltop Area Commission, Recovery Works...

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March Madness Comes Early To Phase One

March Madness Comes Early To Phase One

The NCAA basketball tournament doesn't start for a couple more weeks, but it's definitely looking like basketball season down at Phase One. The men there just put up a new hoop. If you've ever had to do that before, you know it's tough, physical labor, but there's a...

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A Look Inside Our Women’s House

A Look Inside Our Women’s House

Our Women's Ministry is set to open two weeks from today, on Monday, March 12, 2018. Our staff is busy making the final preparations right now, but we wanted to give you a look inside the house right now. We're going to bring in some bunk beds that were generously...

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We Have Seven Spots Available At Orientation

We Have Seven Spots Available At Orientation

We have room for seven men to join our Men's Ministry on Monday, February 26, 2018. To join, all men must attend Men's Open Orientation on Monday at 3:30 pm at Veritas Community Church on the Hilltop. The address is 12 S. Terrace Ave., Columbus, OH. To learn more...

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Refuge Brothers Doing Demo

Refuge Brothers Doing Demo

We're so excited for our Open House at the second Project 614 home next week. It's next Wednesday, February 28 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at our New Sullivant home. You can get details on how you can be a part of this incredible night on our events page, or our Facebook...

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Affirmations, Resolutions, and Phase Up

Affirmations, Resolutions, and Phase Up

We celebrated our weekly Phase Up at Phase One this weekend. We have affirmations where we go around the room and tell each other the positive things we see in one another. Then we go into Resolutions for the guys phasing up to Phase Two. Congratulations to these five...

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Men’s Orientation Now Starts At 3:30 PM

Men’s Orientation Now Starts At 3:30 PM

We wanted to post a quick reminder that Men's Orientation now starts every Monday at 3:30 pm. That is a new time, so please make sure you make note of it. We have five spots available for men to join our Ministry at Orientation on Monday. You can learn more about...

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Welcoming New Men To The Ministry

Welcoming New Men To The Ministry

The ancient philosopher Lao Tzu said, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." This week, five men took that first step by coming to our Monday orientation and joining our Men's Ministry. The photo at the top of this post shows them coming together...

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The Importance Of Accountability

The Importance Of Accountability

Accountability is one of the key tenets to our Ministry. A man must be accountable not only to himself, but also his brothers in The Refuge, and most importantly to God. The brothers of Phase Four held a meeting this week to discuss this important concept and ensure...

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Men’s Orientation Now Starts At 3:30 PM

New Time For Men’s Orientation

Are you a man who's ready to start living free from addiction? Attend one of our Men's Orientation sessions. They're held every Monday at 3:30 pm ET at Veritas Community Church - West. NOTE: That is a new time.  The address is 12 S. Terrace Ave., Columbus, OH. You can...

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Women’s Ministry Will Launch In March

Women’s Ministry Will Launch In March

We are so excited to announce that our Women's Ministry is now ready to open its doors! We will hold our first Women's Orientation on Monday, March 12 at 9:00 am. It will happen at Veritas Community Church - West, at 12 S. Terrace Ave., Columbus, OH. You can learn...

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Help Us Spread The Word!

Help Us Spread The Word!

This is a very exciting time for all of us at The Refuge. Our Women's Ministry is about to open its doors. New brothers are entering our Men's Ministry every week, and others are phasing up and moving away from addiction and toward a new life as Men of God. We're...

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Phase Up!

Phase Up!

It's big night at Phase One in Vinton County where five men are phasing up to Phase Two of our ministry. Dustin Lockett, Marcus Virgin, Deon Taylor, Josh Sherrill, and Chris Jayne have all completed their first 30 days and are ready to move up to Phase Two. We are so...

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Announcing Our Next Project 614 Open House

Announcing Our Next Project 614 Open House

We are thrilled to announce that our second Project 614 home is almost ready for move-in. The main photo on this post is looking out the front window of the house when we first got inside it last year. You'll be amazed at what it looks like now. We are holding an Open...

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Snow Day In Columbus!

Snow Day In Columbus!

A winter storm dumped about four inches of snow on Columbus Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Schools and offices closed all over Central Ohio. While many people were curled up inside, staying warm, some of our guys were out helping their neighborhood. These men...

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New Time For Men’s Orientation

New Time For Men’s Orientation

Starting on Monday, February 19, 2018 our Men's Orientation will move to 3:30 pm. That will also be the starting time for every Monday after that as well. Men's Orientation will still be located at Veritas Community Church-West at 12 S. Terrace Ave., Columbus, OH. The...

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Phase Up!

Phase Up!

Our weekly Phase Up is a time for both reflection and celebration. Men transitioning from one Phase of our ministry to another share their experiences with the men behind them, and then in turn have the chance to speak with the men ahead of them about what to expect...

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Super Bowl Sunday In Columbus

Super Bowl Sunday In Columbus

Sunday is always a special day for the men in our Ministry. It's a chance to attend church, an opportunity for home visits for those in later phases, and a chance to quietly relax and reflect before returning to work the following morning. Tonight, it was also a...

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A Day Of Service

A Day Of Service

In our ministry, work is worship. The men of Phase One completed a day of service today at Living Water Worship Center. Even more exciting, seven of them are about to phase up next week. Check out the video below with some highlights from the day. [video width="1920"...

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We Need Kitchen Cabinets!

We Need Kitchen Cabinets!

The kitchen cabinets are going in this week at our Project 614 home on Princeton. It's incredible to see how quickly that house is progressing now. If you have cabinets like these that you are willing to donate, we would love to get them for our next home on...

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Inside Phase One

Inside Phase One

We get more requests for photos from inside Phase One than any other portion of our Ministry. Why? The first 30 days can be tough for the men, but it's also difficult for their parents, siblings, spouses, and everyone else back at home who aren't talking to their guy....

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Dinner Time In Vinton County

Dinner Time In Vinton County

This is a glimpse inside a typical day at our Phase One home down in Vinton County. The men sit down to eat dinner together as a family. Both the food and the fellowship are true blessings.

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Making The Most Of A Beautiful Weekend

Making The Most Of A Beautiful Weekend

It's not often that you can work comfortably outside in January in Ohio while wearing short sleeves. The brothers of Phase One took advantage of the beautiful weather to have a great work day this weekend. It's always amazing how much a motivated group of guys can do!

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Cleanup On The Hilltop

Cleanup On The Hilltop

Our Ministry is about more than recovery. It's also about serving others. Some of the men spent one night this week cleaning up trash along West Broad Street in Columbus. It's a simple, but meaningful way to show our love for our neighbors and our gratitude for all...

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Handing Out Courage Crosses

Handing Out Courage Crosses

We love handing out Courage Crosses to the men who make it through their first week in our Ministry. Last Monday, six men entered the first phase of our ministry. This week, all six were still there to get their cross. It is truly a blessing to see God working through...

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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