Pray. Serve. Give.

Get Involved With The Refuge.

At the same time as this page is filled with huge needs we are asking God to fill (maybe through you!), it also covers some of our favorite ways to brag on His great provision.

We praise God for the many wonderful men and women who have given before you – and look forward to you joining the army!

Pray

Your prayers make an incredible difference at the Refuge. We are very aware that we as staff, coordinators, and brothers can do absolutely nothing apart from the power of Christ. Thank you for taking the time to kneel before the throne and put the greatest possible force for change on our side. We are with you in prayer and grateful for you!

Not sure how to pray? Here are a few ideas:

  • Refuge residential staff – directors, pastors and coordinators: Pray for connection with the men, wisdom to make good choices, and appropriate rest to care for themselves.
  • Refuge coordinators: Pray for continued hope, rejuvenation, and personal growth as these men spend their days with the men in the ministry. Pray they’ll lead like Jesus would.
  • For daily transformation: Praise God for new life and transformation in a thousand little ways each day for our men. Praise Him for His incredible love and the grace that gives us power to believe!
  • For employers, mentors/coaches and training: We’re always looking for ways to improve the opportunities we can offer the men. Pray that God will bring the right men around to encourage and employ our men, and that we’ll be wise with training decisions we make every day.
  • For the resources needed: Pray for the wisdom to use our resources and time well. Praise God for His constant provision for our men, and pray with us that we might continue to see His blessings for us and even be able to give those away to care for His people in greater measure!
Want to jump in even deeper to praying with the Refuge?

We’d love for you to take the challenge and jump in in one of the following ways
(or your own creative ideas!):

  • Scroll down through our 5 most recent posts on Facebook. What or who can you pray for in each one?
  • Consider finding a group of friends to cover one of our events and all who will attend in prayer. Orientations on Monday, our Alumni Reunion, or even our Annual Fundraising Banquet. You can take shifts or pray together!
  • Gather friends or your church to hold a prayer night focused not just on the Refuge, but the epidemic of addiction and all those affected by it! Invite your community – and us!

Serve

We wish we had a way to show the incredible effect that each of our volunteers has on so many people through the Refuge. Think about it. If you have a positive impact on just one man – that’s an impact on his brothers, his family, his church, his neighbors, his community, and hundreds more. Not only that – but we guarantee that you don’t leave unchanged either!

We are truly grateful to all of our volunteers. Every one of you plays a key role in changing lives impacted by addiction.

Looking for a way you can make a difference? 

Our men’s ministry is looking for people to help with Coaching and Project 614 home renovations. Our women’s ministry needs Coaches, Life Skills Facilitators, and Fun/Activities Facilitators. And we’re always looking for people to help with Family Support and Event Coordination.

The best way to stay up to date with opportunities to help is by signing up for our email list! You can do that at the bottom of our front page.

Needed Positions Open:

Volunteer Application

To volunteer with The Refuge, please fill out the Volunteer Application below.
The next step is to attend one of Volunteer Orientations. We hold them three times each year, usually in January, April, and August. You can find the date of our next Volunteer Orientation on the Events page of our website.
Thank you for your interest in helping to change lives affected by addiction!

Give

Our regular, monthly givers are some of our favorite people. It means the world to us to see your name show up, month after month, in the trenches with us. Although the men and women provide about 65% (or more!) of the funds needed for the ministry, we depend on generous individuals, churches, and businesses to partner with us throughout the year. And we get it – generosity isn’t easy! We are grateful to serve and sacrifice with you.

You can donate online by clicking the button bellow, or mail a check to:

The Refuge, Inc.
P.O. Box 163173
Columbus, OH 43216

You can also support our ministry by setting The Refuge as your Amazon Smile charity, or by purchasing items off of our Amazon “Wish List” to help stock our homes.

Immediate Physical Needs:

PHASE 1
  • Vehicles
  • Gas Cards
  • Bunk Beds
  • Mattresses
  • New plain T-shirts
  • New packs of socks & underwear
  • New shoes
  • Bodywash
  • Shampoo
  • Washcloths
  • Hand towels
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Foam hand soap
  • Board Games (new or used)
  • Inspirational movies
  • Christian Books
PHASE 2
  • Vehicles
  • Gas Cards
  • Bunk Beds
  • Mattresses
  • New pillows
  • Bodywash
  • Shampoo
  • Washcloths
  • Hand towels
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Foam hand soap
  • Board Games (new or used)
  • Inspirational movies
PHASE 3
  • Vans/vehicles for transportation to/from work sites
  • Gas cards
  • Cost of installing 4 new windows at Brehl ($400-$800) *estimate*
  • Framing hammers (NOT claw hammers) for Thompson’s 
  • 25′ tape measures 
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Coffee (we go through 4-5 big cans a week)
  • Bunk beds
  • Twin mattresses
  • New pillows
  • Toaster for bagels/bread
  • Work Boots 
  • Work Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Gravel for Brehl
  • Tickets for entertainment (movies/fair/etc.)
PHASE 4
  • Residential washer
  • Residential dryer
  • Dark Curtains (10)
  • Microwave
  • Vehicles
  • Gas Cards
  • Bunk Beds
  • Mattresses
  • Cost of installing 4 new windows at Brehl ($400-$800) *estimate*
  • Framing hammers (NOT claw hammers) for Thompson’s
  • 25′ tape measures
  • Laundry detergent
  • Coffee (we go through 4-5 big cans a week)
  • 10-20 twin mattresses
  • Toaster for bagels/bread
  • Work Boots
  • Work Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Gravel for Brehl
  • Tickets for entertainment (movies/fair/etc.)
WOMEN MINISTRY
  • Vehicles
  • Gas Cards
  • Bunk Beds
  • Mattresses
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Coffee/sugar/creamer
  • Notebooks/pens/highlighters/notecards
  • Hygiene products (Shampoo/conditioner/lotion/body wash/deodorant/face wash)
  • Socks/underwear/bras (all sizes – new please!)
  • Slippers/house shoes

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