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The Refuge Men’s Residential

Addiction Recovery Program

Progressing In Four Phases Throughout 13 Months

The Refuge Men’s Residential Addiction Recovery Program progresses in four phases throughout 13 months and is offered to you free of charge if accepted. You must be at least 18 years old.  Through our men’s program, The Refuge provides you the safe place and process to address and overcome the underlying issues fueling your addictive behavior. 

The Refuge knows how to assist you in going from active addiction to becoming a responsible and productive citizen who can go on to serve as a light to your family and community.

Once in our program, you will reside initially at our 138-acre farm in Lancaster on both a full and part-time basis for the first five months.  You will then live at our properties in Columbus for the remaining eight months you are in The Refuge. The Refuge men’s program centers on our Process for Transformational Change.  This process and our program you will be going through is Christ-centered, work-based, and peer-supported.  

When you complete The Refuge’s four-phase, 13-month residential program you will possess more than one year clean and sober, a relationship with Christ, full-time employment producing a living wage, safe and affordable housing, reliable transportation, meaningful community connections, and a new network of friends bonded by common circumstance. 

Learn About The Process

Select An Option

Discovery

Phase 1

Relational

Phase 2

Application

Phase 3

Launch

Phase 4

Phase 1

Discovery

30-45 days.

The “Discovery Phase” is set on a secluded 100+ acre property in Lancaster, Ohio. In Phase 1, we desire to be a safe place for every man to discover God and experience unconditional love and acceptance.

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Safe environment, free from drugs/alcohol and other distractions

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Structured and secluded environment

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Development opportunities for mind, body, and spirit

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Personal development small groups

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Comprehensive, individual plan for personal growth based on biblical study

No outside contact is permitted, so that the men can focus on growing personally and with Christ.

Phase 2

Relational

4 months

The “Relational Phase”  consists of four months split between Lancaster, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio. Here, men begin to develop an intimate relationship with God as well as learning to trust and rely on each other.

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Focus on relationships – with God, himself, others, and God’s creation.

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Regular emphasis on the study of God’s Word, praise and worship, serving, giving, curriculum, and connecting to the body of Christ beyond the Refuge.

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Relational growth is focused on sacrifice, discipleship, brotherhood, conflict resolution, and submitting to authority/peer evaluation in regards to our 7 Principles.

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One on one counseling focused on discovering how God created him uniquely and redeeming his story to use as a vehicle to serve the Lord.

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Gradual transition back into a work environment to learn responsibility, commitment, and dignity

The restoration process with friends and family begins slowly and gently through weekly phone calls, letter writing and a once a month in-person visit at Family Day.

Phase 3

Application

4 months

The “Application Phase”, is the next four months of commitment and is located in Columbus, Ohio. Here, the process more closely resembles what most would consider “regular life”. Men work 35-40 hours per week and have much more freedom to make choices, while still under the authority and obeying the rules of the Refuge.

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Men work 35-40 hours per week, paying for the majority of their way through the ministry and investing in the men behind them

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Make a small monthly stipend to start saving or spending as they choose

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Engaged in the local church and community, especially in the Franklinton/Hilltop areas of Columbus

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Volunteer coaches meet with the men weekly to walk alongside them as they begin to prepare for life after the Refuge

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May begin making monthly home visits

Phone calls still permitted, along with weekend home visits every two weeks.

Phase 4

The Launch

4 months

The “Launch” rounds out the final 4 months of a man’s 13-month commitment. The focus is on preparing men to return to society as responsible men of God, with a developed life plan and ongoing support. Men are given more autonomy than anywhere else in the ministry, while they also have more responsibility – to serve the community and the church, to pour back into the men behind them, and to set a good example for all the men in Phases 1-3. We raise up these men as leaders in the ministry, so that they can also learn to lead in their homes, churches, and communities as responsible men of God.

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Men continue to hold a full-time job through partnering employers.

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Begin building a life plan and career portfolio that will help them find gainful employment before leaving the ministry.

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Connect with a long term mentor for personal growth and development

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Freedom is given but responsibility and accountability are key

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May begin making monthly home visits

Phone calls and bi-weekly home visits still permitted, along with additional freedom the last month of the ministry to figure out housing and transportation needs.

How To Enter The Refuge

Success Stories

"Trust the process."

- Coty

 

"There is so much unconditional love."

- Areil

 

"Relying on God more."

- Dustin

 

"There is hope."

- Nate

Our Mission

To change the lives of men and women affected by addiction through Christ.

Our Purpose

To lead men and women 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 and women of God who go on to live Christ-centered lives of Christian responsibility and purpose and bring still others to Christ.

Support Us

The Refuge Is A Non-Profit Organization