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With almost two decades of experience and 20,000 lives transformed, City of Refuge is a leader in the business of social transformation. Our goal is to transform a community, and your generous donations make this goal a reality.

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The Challenge

Although our neighborhood is just west of the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium, it’s one of the poorest and most crime-ridden areas in the nation. With almost 40% of the residents living below the Federal Poverty Level, the 30314 neighborhood includes Vine City, English Avenue, and Washington Park. This zip code accounts for a staggering 60% of all murders in Atlanta, which is why the FBI considers the “1300” block of 30314 as the 5th most violent block in the entire United States.

Excellence in Impact

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The mission of City of Refuge is to transform and revitalize the city of Atlanta. While this may sound like a lofty goal, the staff, volunteers, and residents witness miracles on a daily basis at City of Refuge. We provide on-campus interventions and programs that are categorized in one of the four major Impact Areas.

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The Challenge

Although our neighborhood is just west of the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium, it’s one of the poorest and most crime-ridden areas in the nation. With almost 40% of the residents living below the Federal Poverty Level, the 30314 neighborhood includes Vine City, English Avenue, and Washington Park. This zip code accounts for a staggering 60% of all murders in Atlanta, which is why the FBI considers the “1300” block of 30314 as the 5th most violent block in the entire United States.

Solutions with Dignity

Is there a reliable pathway out of generational poverty? The majority of today's research suggests there is, and the City of Refuge Transformation Pathway is one of the premier models. By achieving key milestones at each developmental life stage, this illustration demonstrates how children and adolescents are more likely to avoid poverty as adults.

 

Source: Brookings Institute

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Stories of Transformation

I hope maybe more of us can come and see what’s here. Let it touch our hearts, let it touch our souls, let us be moved by what we see, and then find out amongst ourselves – you know – what would the Lord have us to do here.

-Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A

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Looking for help? City of Refuge is dedicated to helping women in need. If you reside in Atlanta, GA, or if you are homeless and need any help, click here now.

About Us

With almost two decades of experience and 20,000 lives transformed, City of Refuge is a leader in the business of social transformation. Our goal is to transform a community, and your generous donations make this goal a reality.

Need a Quick Answer?
  1. How can I donate?
  2. What types of donations do you accept?
  3. What are the most common items City of Refuge needs?
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Campaigns

100 Car Campaign

Donate your used car to the City of Refuge Napa program and receive a tax write off for fair market value.
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End Human Trafficking

This fundraiser will benefit House of Cherith I and II as well as partners focused on ending Human Trafficking in the United States and abroad.
Funds collected> $500,000
 

Capital Campaign

We provide recreational and social opportunities for youth in a safe environment.
Funds collected> $5,000,000
 

Research

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Dan Cathy’s plea: "We must help 30314"

Dan Cathy has a horrible recurring nightmare that Atlanta will be the Tale…

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, which is explained in the Stanford…

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The Social Genome Project

The Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families is constructing a model of…

Our Programs

180 Kitchen

180° Kitchen Meal Program

The 180° Kitchen prepares and serves over 280,000 hot and healthy meals to…

Bright Futures

Bright Futures

In the neighborhood of 30314, only ~50% of the students graduate from high…

Level Up

Level Up

City of Refuge provides programming for children starting at birth. After elementary students…

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I`m interested in Health and Wellness

180° Kitchen Meal Program

180 Kitchen

The 180° Kitchen prepares and serves over 280,000 hot and healthy meals to our residents, employees, and guests, 3 times a day, 365 days of the year.

Mercy Care

Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services

Mercy Care is the result of a strategic partnership between the City of Refuge and the Saint Joseph’s Health System. With an expansive 10,000 square feet of space, Mercy Care provides services to thousands of patients annually. Patients are able to receive general medical, dental, vision, and mental health services at the facility.

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Restoration Atlanta (RATL)

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Restoration ATL (RATL), a partner program, offers church and corporate groups, families, students, and others a transformative urban immersion experience on the City of Refuge campus. RATL combines the components of an urban mission with a traditional spiritual overnight retreat where participants don’t just “do for”, but rather “be with” our residents.

House of Cherith

House of Cherith 1 & 2
As the number one city in the United States for sex trafficking, Atlanta is home to a staggering 12,400 transactions each month. The House of Cherith serves as a safe and refreshing home for victims of sex exploitation and trafficking.

Kindred Spirit

Kindred Spirit

Kindred Spirit is designed to be a safe haven for young expecting mothers. These teens receive proper prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care. The teen mothers must continue their education and are allowed to stay in Kindred Spirit for up to year after the baby is born.

Eden Village 1

Eden Village

Eden Village 1 is the “One-Stop Shop for Women in Crisis,” featuring 40 hotel-style rooms designed exclusively for mothers with children. In addition to housing, Eden Village 1 offers medical, vision, dental, and mental health care through Mercy Care. It also provides residents with vocational training, education, and childcare solutions. 

Eden Village 2

Eden Village

Eden Village 2 is a six month housing program designed for up to 80 women without children. It includes full medical, mental health, and education support services. One of the core goals of this housing solution is to help women with undiagnosed mental health issues.

I`m looking for work

Good Works Employment

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The goal of the Good Works Employment Center is to increase employment numbers among homeless single women and single mothers. We provide viable education and job training to help unemployed and underemployed women secure stable employment. 

NAPA Auto Center

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Out of a dynamic partnership with NAPA and Genuine Parts, the NAPA Auto Center provides training for men and women in 10 areas of auto mechanics. When students complete the program, they graduate with a light repair certification and more control over their future.
Click here to apply for NAPA Training Program.

I`m interested in youth programs

Bright Futures

Bright Futures

In the neighborhood of 30314, only ~50% of the students graduate from high school. In addition, many who do graduate are not prepared for college or a career. Our on-campus partner, Bright Futures Atlanta, provides a fully-accredited academy for students in grades 6 – 12 offering a private-school education to those who otherwise could not afford the opportunity.

Level Up

Level Up
City of Refuge provides programming for children starting at birth. After elementary students graduate from the CORE program, they may join the Level Up youth program, designed for students in grades 6 through 12. This program effectively equips students from the 30314 community with the tools they need to succeed, such as mentoring, after-school programs, and summer camps.

City of Refuge Education (CORE) Academy

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The CORE (City of Refuge Education) Academy takes a holistic approach to education by providing elementary school students with emotional, physical, and educational curriculum. This program is focused on social development, one-on-one academic support, and conflict resolution.

Feed My Lambs

Feed My Lambs
Our on-campus partner, Feed My Lambs, provides childcare and preschool for the children residing in Eden Village, as well as children from the local community. The mission of Feed My Lambs is to partner with local businesses, communities and area churches to open Christian schools in economically impoverished areas.