WHAT IS THE REFUGE HOUSE LIKE?
The Refuge House provides a safe, loving, warm, peaceful, Godly environment. We laugh together, cry together, pray together, play together, and worship together. We minister to the ladies by helping our ladies become the well-rounded women of God that He originally intended for them to be. We also prepare them to become productive members of our society, as well as to become good mothers, wives, friends and citizens. We are not a rehab but a place where Jesus sets ladies free, heals them and prepares them for a life of purpose and passion for Jesus.
HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
Our program is nine months in duration which is at least 6 months in the first phase and minimum 3 months in the second phase which is a transition phase. The ladies also can upon acceptance stay on in transition for an extended stay transition. (phase 3). During the first and second phase the ladies are not allowed to work but will be taught money management, parenting classes and other life skills as well as Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. In the third phase the ladies will be allowed to and required to obtain jobs. We believe that with a firm foundation in Christ and knowing their true identity, the ladies can live a victorious life in society. We teach our ladies who they are in Christ and how to walk in victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Leaders may stay longer.
WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
•You must be between the ages of 23 to 45.
•You must be broken, sick and tired of your old life and at the end of yourself.
•You must have a good attitude and be willing to do whatever it takes to have a new life.
•You must be able to do chores and light physical activities as well as being able to walk 2 miles.
•You cannot have any contact with males, other than immediate family members. NO boyfriends!
•You must be submissive to authority and able to follow rules with a good attitude.
•You cannot have bulimia or anorexia.
•You cannot have any major health issues.
HOW DO I GET INTO THE REFUGE?
You must set up a face-to-face interview. if possible. To set up an interview, call the ministry at 478-374-3328 or the director, Dahl at 478-231-1215.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROGRAM?
We ask for a $ 300 dollar a month donation. This is a donation, not a requirement. We do not turn anyone away because of a lack of funds. However, we cannot operate without donations. Some families are able to help their loved one have a complete life change but most of the time that can not. The overwhelming majority of our support comes from individuals and churches that God stirs to support this ministry.
IS THERE A WAITING LIST?
Sometimes we do have a waiting list. However, that can change from day to day. Some ladies change their minds, some get into other programs, and some go back to their old ways, so our waiting list is always changing. It could be from a few days to a few weeks. It is best to call for an interview; if we cannot take you, we will give you a list of other programs.
HOW IS THE REFUGE FUNDED?
We have no state or federal funding and no grants. We operate totally by faith. A small portion of our funds come from family members. Most of it comes through individuals, churches and women’s groups that are involved with us. The Lord has provided everything we have needed through the hands, feet and hearts of others. He accomplishes His purpose through His children.
ITEMS TO BRING if possible
1st month fee
Bible, spiral notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, 3 ring notebooks
CD player without radio & batteries if needed
Christian CD’s only. No rap or secular music, books or movies allowed.
Pillow & case/ NEW WHITE twin sheet sets
No cell phones
Personal money: to be used for personal items (pads, deodorant etc)
2 towels 2 wash cloths
No medicines or over the counter drugs
No items with alcohol included ( mouthwash etc)
Church clothes and casual clothes needed. ( jeans with no holes showing skin, no short shorts, T shirts are to be worn under top shirt) Leggings can only be worn outside of the home when they are covered by an overshirt that covers the buttocks of body and the front area. Leggings may be worn while cleaning the home and quite time in bedrooms. (Limit 5 pants, 5 jeans 15 shirts.)
Rings: Nose and tongue rings are not allowed in public. Only one ring per ear in public.
Distracting tattoos must be covered
One piece bathing suit/ Can be two piece with long top to cover midsection and back. 1 Beach towel.
NEEDS OF THE MINISTRY:
•Food donations: sugar, coffee, creamer, meats, veggies, fruits, etc.
•Cleaning products: windex, washing powder, soft scrub, pledge, Clorox, etc.
•Household use items: toilet paper, paper towels, tin foil, cling wrap, kitchen garbage bags, batteries, etc.
•Items for ladies to use: CD players, journals, pens, note cards.
•Sponsors for ladies unable to pay.
• If you would like to donate anything, you can contact us at one of the addresses or numbers below. Or you can donate financially online on the Donate page.
ALL GIFTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
345 Pearl Bates Ave
Eastman, Ga 31023
Learning to Give Back
The Ladies were able to give back some by serving with Operation Christmas Child locally and in Atlanta at the distribution center.
Shaping Your Faith
We enjoy special times of worship and fellowship at Christ honoring and bible teaching churches.
It not just about getting sober
We believe the ladies who surrender their lives to Jesus and learn their true identity can not only be free from the stronghold of addictions but be the Godly ladies, moms, daughters and wives that God created them to be. Never ever having to return to the former life.
John 8:31-32 (ESV)
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”