Who We Are

The Refuge Ministries is focused on transforming the lives of men and women - and ultimately families, churches, and communities - from the stranglehold of addiction by the power of Christ.

Founded in 1999 as a small residential ministry in rural Vinton County, Ohio, The Refuge continues to grow and expand to serve not only the 75+ men and women in our five locations across central Ohio, but their families, churches and communities as well.

The residential ministry has had the honor of helping more than 5,000 men enter a brand new life - free from addiction and on their way to becoming better citizens, sons, husbands, and fathers.

Our Women's Ministry opened in March 2018 with the same goal.

Our primary focus is to offer faith-based, free residential rehabilitation ministries for men (18+) and women (18+). These ministries take men and women from homelessness and hopelessness to homeownership, empowering responsible people of God for the rest of their lives.

In addition, we seek to connect those struggling with addiction to the life-changing power of Christ through both the Champions Network and the Refuge Network - empowering churches, organizations, businesses, and individuals to make a difference in addiction recovery through discipleship.

The ministry as a whole has seen tremendous growth as a hub of discipleship and transformation, and we trust God to continue to use us to “...bring Good News to the poor...to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free…” (Luke 4:18).