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What We Do

The Refuge

The Refuge

Ending homelessness for families with children

The Refuge is a 32-bed emergency shelter for families experiencing a housing crisis. The shelter is equipped to house up to nine families at a time, providing each family with an individual room . . . allowing the family unit - including Dad - to stay together during their time of homelessness.  

During an average stay of 30 to 45 days, families are empowered through assessment and advising, referrals to community resources, and personal attention to strive toward independence and permanent housing.

Who We Serve:

Any homeless family with children: including single moms, single dads, and two-parent families 

How We Serve:

·   Assist families in their progress toward self-sufficiency and permanent housing

·   Provide basic necessities such as daily shelter, clothing, food, and personal supplies

·   Case Manager works with family to identify needs and establish goals

·   Link families with permanent housing resources

·   Link families to community resources such as: employment, assistance to stabilize income/benefits, education -
    adult & children

How You Can Help:

·   Provide daily shelter necessities. Some of our most needed, ongoing items are: twin sheet sets, blankets, pillows, towels,
    silverware, furniture, pots and pans, paper products, cleaning supplies and garbage bags.

·   Bus tokens/passes to assist with transportation to medical appointments, job interviews, etc.

·   To support The Refuge with a monetary donation, visit our Donate page.

·   For the list of needed ministry supplies, visit our Needed Supplies page.

Gift Suggestions for Christmas at The Refuge:

As Christmas approaches, we know our thoughtful and generous supporters will be looking for ways to make the season brighter for our homeless families with children at The Refuge.

In an effort to keep Christmas equitable for all of our clients, manageable for our staff and to be good stewards of God's provisions, please refer to this year's Gift Giving Guide.  

Our Impact This Year

  • Adults and children sheltered

    725

  • Families exiting to permanent housing

    84%

  • Veterans exiting to permanent housing

    94%

  • People receiving medical care

    174

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