About Us

The mission of City of Refuge is to bring light, hope and transformation to Atlanta. 120 employees, thousands volunteers, more than 300 active residents, tens of thousands transformed lives. We can do even more with your help and continued support.

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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

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.

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

About Us

The mission of City of Refuge is to bring light, hope and transformation to Atlanta. 120 employees, thousands volunteers, more than 300 active residents, tens of thousands transformed lives. We can do even more with your help and continued support.

Need a Quick Answer?
  1. I want to help but do not know how
  2. I am a psychologist. Can I become a volunteer consultant?
  3. Do you need volunteers with the car?
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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° Culinary Arts Academy is an intense 12 week culinary training program. During…

Bright Futures

Bright Futures

In the 30314 neighborhood, only 35% of the students actually graduate high school.…

Level Up

Level Up

The Level Up youth program is designed for kids in grades 6 through…



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180° Kitchen Meal Program

180 Kitchen

The 180° Culinary Arts Academy is an intense 12 week culinary training program. During the course of program, students learn practical knowledge of the culinary arts and food preparation skills. The goal of this program is to empower those in crisis and guide them toward leading independent lives.

Saint Joseph's Mercy Care Services

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 services at the facility.

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Restoration Atlanta (RATL)

Restoration Atlanta (RATL)

Restoration ATL (RATL) offers church groups, corporate groups, families, anyone else a transformative urban immersion experience on the City of Refuge campus. As one of the ideal alternative Spring Break destination, RATL combines the components of an urban mission with a traditional spiritual retreat. 

House of Cherith 1 & 2

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 transaction each month. The House of Cherith serves as a safe and refreshing home for victims of sex exploitation and trafficking. It’s designed to instill a sense of self worth and make the women feel loved. 

Kindred Spirit

Kindred Spirit

Kindred Spirit is designed to be a safe haven for young expecting mothers. These teens receive proper medical care, including prenatal care, delivery, and postpartum. The mother gets to stay in school and is 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.

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Good Works Employment

Good Works Employment

At the Good Works Staffing center, our goal 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. 

180° Kitchen Culinary Program

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The 180° Culinary Arts Academy is an intense 12 week culinary training program. During the course of program, students learn practical knowledge of the culinary arts and food preparation skills. The goal of this program is to empower those in crisis and guide them toward leading independent lives.

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.

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Bright Futures

Bright Futures
In the 30314 neighborhood, only 35% of the students actually graduate high school. Even when these students finish high school, they fail to have the skills required for a successful college career. The solution is the fully-accredited and private Bright Futures Academy at the City of Refuge designed for students in grades 6-12.

Level Up

Level Up

The Level Up youth program is designed for kids in grades 6 through 12. It effectively equips underprivileged students from the 30314 neighborhood with the tools they need to succeed through mentoring, after-school programs, summer camps, and more. 

City of Refuge Elementary (CORE) Academy

CORE

The CORE Academy takes a holistic approach to education by providing students with the right emotional, physical, and educational curriculum to succeed. This program is essentially designed for children in elementary grades and focuses on social development, one-on-one academic support, and conflict resolution.

Feed My Lambs

Feed My Lambs
Feed My Lambs is the on-site childcare, daycare and preschool provider 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.