Project 614 is a community development initiative sponsored by The Refuge. Its goal is to assist in the revitalization of the Hilltop and Franklinton neighborhoods on Columbus’ west side.
Housing for A New Beginning
An essential aspect of Project 614 is a network of homes in the Hilltop and Franklinton neighborhoods. These homes are owned and operated by The Refuge Ministries and its affiliates. Project 614 residences are specifically intended to provide safe and affordable sober housing for men completing The Refuge Residential Addiction Recovery Program. These fully-furnished residences are available for $350/month, all utilities included. Typically composed of three or four residents, men are afforded their own bedrooms and there is no time limit placed on an individual’s length of stay, assuming he remains in good standing with stated policies and living requirements.
Project 614 is a popular housing option for the men completing The Refuge. In 2019, about fifty percent of our graduates opted to live with their Refuge brothers in Project 614’s sober residences. With over one-year clean and in possession of a full-time job, reliable transportation, and a relationship with Christ, men completing The Refuge know they have turned a corner in their lives. Project 614 residences are the housing option most Refuge alumni need to make it possible for them to avoid returning to the people, places, and things that were part of their addiction and former way of life.
Project 614 Makes Homeownership Achievable
In addition to being a safe place to live after completing the Refuge, Project 614 offers the opportunity for our alumni to become homeowners. Alumni can rent-to-own duplexes that are part of Project 614’s growing portfolio of rental properties. Home ownership through Project 614 offers Refuge alumni three key benefits that help to further their lives and recoveries.
Most men completing the Refuge have no savings or retirement monies. Homeownership gives our men the opportunity to build wealth that will increase over time through direct home ownership.
Important Peer-to-Peer Accountability
Refuge alumni living in Project 614 benefit from a shared experience of practiced accountability for one another. The depth of such relationships and the ongoing support they offer are essential needs for the success, and often survival, of men emerging from addiction.
Participate in The Improvement of Your Community
Refuge alumni are instilled with a healthy sense of neighborhood pride after serving the Westside during their time in The Refuge. As nothing improves neighborhoods more than improved properties owned by their residents, Project 614 gives you a real role in sustainably revitalizing your own neighborhood for the long-term.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Create gospel-centered community to revitalize the West side of Columbus
Create a portfolio of safe, affordable, and exceptional homes owned by Refuge men and their families and empowering men to live as servant leaders because they are loved by Jesus – the best neighbors on the West side.
Who Is Responsible?
Austin Hill – Director
“I am excited to be a part of the Project 614 team because we have the opportunity to see a broken community redeemed by broken men who themselves are redeemed by Jesus Christ.”
Ben Reynolds – Finance
“God has truly blessed me with the opportunity to work in finance over the last 26 years, helping people buy their first home or start a new business. I am so excited that God has now called me to do the same within the ministry with Project 614. It is going to be awesome watching God work, seeing families and entire communities transformed for Christ!”
Bekah Linton – Marketing
“Our God is a God of full redemption and restoration, and so many of us have been restored personally from complete hopelessness. I want to help build the end of the story for these men and their families. How wonderful would it be for us to gather a community of true believers – giving and loving as we have been loved?”
Phil Parker- Discipleship
“The goal is not as much about the houses – it’s about what’s going to be happening in and around the house. I want my home to be a place where God is present and I want my neighbors to feel that presence as well!”
Wes Creed – Community
“I am every Refuge guy. When I look at them I see me. My life was transformed, and I am honored to take part in the transformation of others.”
“…We believe an affordable place to call home helps sustain long term recovery for the men by creating stability, which launches them and their families into a positive trajectory of generational change that includes hope, improved health, and a better quality of life…”
I came into the Refuge three and a half years ago completely broken. I literally had nothing left. Because of my lifestyle and my drinking and drug use, I couldn’t even do the simplest of tasks anymore. I didn’t care about anything or anyone and all of my problems were because of other people around me – it was my boss’s fault or my mom’s fault or my dad’s or my sister’s. If only they all tried to understand how I felt, the world would be perfect. I walked around feeling and thinking this way for years! I never knew exactly how selfish I was until I came into the Refuge, and it was quite an awakening to have my pastor and all these supposed brothers tell me the truth about what I really was. Since then, I have learned how to lean on God more and myself less. Simply put, I am nothing without Him!”
"This has been one of the best years of my life. I wouldn't trade it for anything."
"The miracles that happen in The Refuge are undeniable."
"Relying on God more."
"There is hope."