The Refuge Alumni

Brotherhood After the Refuge

The Three Pathways

Men completing The Refuge Residential Addiction Recovery Programs have three popular ways to remain involved with The Refuge.  Our Alumni use their continued involvement with The Refuge to assist them in their recoveries and towards developing deeper personal relationships with others and Christ.

Alumni Coordinators  

Offered as paid positions upon completion of The Refuge, Coordinators are central to the transformational process of  The Refuge.  Working in teams, Coordinators focus on facilitating The Refuge’s daily operations and providing key peer-to-peer leadership and guidance in support of the men throughout each phase. 

After one year as an Alumni Coordinator, Coordinators are eligible to continue serving in paid roles as Coordinators in other Refuge-inspired recovery ministries throughout Ohio.  These organizations are part of The Refuge Residential Network.   

The Refuge knows the value brought to recovery when our men have close leadership provided by those who know the difficult nature of recovery.  Alumni Coordinators stand as testimonies for our men that transformational change is both achievable and well within their grasp.

Project 614

Project 614 is a network of homes in The Hilltop and Franklinton neighborhoods on Columbus’ Westside.  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.  

In addition to being a safe place to live after completing the Refuge, Project 614 also 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. 

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.  

Champions Network

The Refuge Champions Network provides a way in which an alumnus can remain involved with The Refuge even if they live someplace other than Columbus. Alumni Champions partner with a willing Minister in a local church and lead small community support groups that meet regularly.  Coached weekly on how to establish and operate these groups during their own time in The Refuge, Alumni Champions serve to strengthen others and themselves in recovery as well as those seeking a deeper relationship with Christ.

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.)


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.

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.

Alumni/Refuge Brothers

I’ve left The Refuge. How can I stay involved?

Let’s just get one thing straight: You are welcome back. You know the culture and the mission of The Refuge, and if you are in line with that and want to come give back or just get fellowship and encouragement – you are welcome here.


A few ways you might be able to get involved:

Attend the Annual Alumni Reunion! Typically held in July (check Upcoming Events for details!), this event is built specifically to encourage, connect and challenge you with your brothers every year. We’d love to see you there!

Become a Champion in your local church. Want to stay connected somewhat to The Refuge but live far away? Have you thought about serving in your local church? Join a growing group of champions across the state who simply (and powerfully!) host small group recovery through their local church and help men throughout their community find true freedom.

Come back to Encounter – the first Saturday of every month in Lancaster. Call the information line at 614-991-0131 to confirm the date, but you are welcome to come back to worship, hear updates, and encourage the men behind you.

Volunteer with the Refuge. What volunteer most impacted you during your time at the Refuge? You of all men know the importance of deep relationship and connection, investing in the lives of the men behind you. Visit our Serve page for more specifics!

Be a table captain at the fundraiser! While you were in The Refuge, you worked and paid for yourself and the men behind you to have a chance at true and real freedom – the same kind you’re living out today. Help us make that available to hundreds more men in the year to come by attending the annual fundraising banquet. You can make the same difference for a man that someone made for you.

Join us for our free Discovery Breakfast, Thursday September 23rd at 8AM catered by Panera Bread. Click the link to the left to learn more and sign up.

Success Stories

"This has been one of the best years of my life. I wouldn't trade it for anything."

- Andrew


"The miracles that happen in The Refuge are undeniable."

- Josh


"Relying on God more."

- Dustin


"There is hope."

- Nate

Our Mission

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

Our Purpose

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