Women’s Ministry FAQ

Below are the answers to many of the most frequently-asked questions about The Refuge Ministries. If you don’t see the answer to your question below, feel free to email us at info@therefugeohio.org or call us at 614-991-0131.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost. Participation in the ministry is free, and there is no insurance necessary. Because we are a working ministry, the wages of the women in Phases 2 and 3 will ultimately sustain about ⅔ of our operating costs! The rest comes from generous individuals and churches, but all together affords us the chance to offer the women and their families this opportunity completely free of charge.

I am a woman who wants to get in. How can I do that?

Intake occurs every Monday and Thursday at our weekly Open Orientations. In order to protect the integrity of our program, we only accept applicants on Mondays and Thursdays. Interested applicants are welcome to attend the information session, fill out an application, participate in an interview with our staff, then (upon acceptance), leave with the coordinator to enter Phase 1 that same day. Families/support systems are also welcome to attend.

Orientation is held Monday at 10:00 am at:
Veritas Community Church – West
12 S. Terrace Ave., Columbus, OH

Orientation is held Thursday at 10:00 am at:
Maple Street United Methodist Church
438 E. Wheeling St., Lancaster, OH

I am not an Ohio resident. Can I still get in?

Yes, we accept women from out-of-state as well as Ohio residents. If you are coming from out of state, we strongly recommend that you contact us to set up a pre-screening interview before arriving for an Orientation. If you live 2+ hours away from the Orientation location, please fill out the pre-screen application at TheRefugeOhio.org/women

My daughter is currently in jail/prison. Can she come in after she is released?

Women are welcome to come to one of our weekly orientations once they are released. However, we are not able to reserve beds in advance. If she lives more than two hours from our Orientation locations, she can fill out a prescreen application after she is released. NOTE: We will not conduct prescreening interviews unless the woman has filled out the prescreen application herself.

What items do I bring with me to Orientation? 

Women should come prepared to enter the same day. The following is a list of items that may be brought in. We can supply these items if necessary.

  • 1 Bible & notebook
  • 8 pairs of pants/shorts (no leggings, please)
  • 8 shirts
  • 4 pairs of shoes
  • 3 sweaters or sweatshirts
  • 8 pairs socks, underwear & bras

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.)

Women do not need to bring personal hygiene products such as shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, etc. The Refuge will provide hygiene products for women. We accept donations of hygiene products to be shared among the women in our Ministry. Products include: shampoo, conditioner, body wash/soap, deodorant, non-electric toothbrush, tubes of toothpaste, non-electric razors, cans of shaving cream, hair style products.

Do you know of any faith based ministries for women?

If you are not able to participate in our ministry for any reason, these are other facilities that provide treatment for women. Inclusion on this list does not constitute endorsement by The Refuge.

How old do you have to be to get into The Refuge?

We only accept women who are 18 years old or older.

Are you able to take sex offenders?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept registered sex offenders.

Can a woman detox at The Refuge?

For the safety of our staff and women, we cannot medically detox, and therefore cannot accept women whose drug of choice was benzodiazepines or alcohol unless they have are already detoxed. Our staff is, however, very much accustomed to helping women through the process of withdrawal/detox from heroin, opiates, and other substances. These may be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Can a woman enter The Refuge if she is pregnant?

We hope to build capacity for serving pregnant women at some point in the future, but at this time we’re not able to accommodate pregnant women in the ministry.

Can a woman bring her children with her to The Refuge?

Women may not bring their children into the ministry with them. However, The Refuge has partnered with Safe Families to offer a Christian family hosting alternative. The goal of both Safe Families and The Refuge is to see families reunited after some time to grow in personal health. Learn more about Safe Families on their website.

Which theology does your Ministry follow?

The Refuge is a ministry that bases its programming on orthodox Christian values.

How do I get more information about Family Day?

When women phase up to our Phase Two home, they can begin making weekly phone calls. At this point, they will be the ones to invite you to Family Day and provide all of the necessary information about the event.

If my daughter doesn’t have a diploma –  do you have any resources to help her get her GED?

Yes. We do all we can to provide opportunities for the women to launch with everything they need to walk as responsible women of God. She will have more opportunity to explore these possibilities as she moves into our Phase 3.

I would like to make a physical donation. Who should I contact?

Thank you! For a complete list of our current needs, please the “immediate physical needs” section at the bottom of our “Pray, Serve, Give” page.

To inquire about making or delivering donations, please call or email Michele Davis: 614-991-0131/mdavis@therefugeohio.org

My daughter has already been through several other rehabs. What makes The Refuge different from other programs?

Three things:

  • We seek to honor God in everything we do.
  • We’ve seen the power of authentic, transparent discipleship. The women gain the support and honest friendships of a sisterhood here that it is difficult to find or build elsewhere.
  • We focus on holistic care & training. Addiction cannot be isolated and treated as one single issue. By the time women get to our doors, more often than not, addiction has taken over every part of their lives. We believe that any hope for change comes through Christ, practically through the new life that He offers – transformation of personal integrity, family values, work ethic, ongoing and intentional service, authenticity, leadership, and prayer. We are by no means perfect – but this is the model we strive for.

Other questions? Please contact us or check out our mission, vision, and values at TheRefugeOhio.org.