In July of 1997, Bruce Deel was asked to travel to Atlanta to assist with the closing of a church. After a few weeks into the process, Bruce realized something miraculous was happening. Instead of the congregation dwindling, it was growing with people in crisis and in desperate need of spiritual nurturing and opportunities to transform their lives. Eventually, Bruce Deel, his wife, and five daughters relocated to Atlanta and re-incorporated the former “Mission Possible” into City of Refuge.
By 2003, City of Refuge had experienced immense growth and needed a formal transformation headquarters. After months of searching, City of Refuge was miraculously donated a sprawling 200,000+ sq. ft. warehouse in the heart of the 30314 zip code in West Atlanta. Today, this state-of-the-art hub serves as the center of “Where Good Works.”
Where Good Works
How Good Works
Through supportive services fueled by innovation and a collective impact approach, City of Refuge seeks to lead individuals and families on a journey to self-sufficiency for generations to come. We do that by focusing on five key impact areas:
- Health and Wellness
- Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care (Onsite Partner)
- 180° Kitchen
- Human Trafficking
- Vocational Training
- Youth Development
City of Refuge sits in the midst of one of Atlanta’s most historic and struggling communities. The current picture is troubling.
Over the years, City of Refuge has received several awards, grants, as well as recognition for transforming lives. The following information provides a snapshot of some of our most notable achievements:
In 2015 City of Refuge was presented with the Tocqueville Society’s Mark O’Connell Community Impact…
In 2015 City of Refuge received Chick-fil-A’s True Inspiration Award for Innovative Education.
In 2011 City of Refuge was selected as one of two winners of the Bank…
In 2010 Bruce Deel was named the Atlanta Braves representative to the Major League Baseball…
In 2010, City of Refuge received the Bridge Builder Award from the Georgia Coalition against…
In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, City of Refuge received an official Commendation from Georgia’s Governor,…