About Us

Our Story

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

With 21 years of experience and 20,000 lives transformed, City of Refuge is a leader in the business of social transformation. We are located in the middle of one of Atlanta’s most historic and struggling neighborhoods where nearly 40% of the residents live below the Federal Poverty Level. We believe the people of 30314 desire and deserve to live abundantly with access to vital resources, networks, and opportunities. In light of this, City of Refuge seeks to partner with individuals and families in crisis to clear a pathway out of poverty and into a thriving community.

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:  


Why Good Works: The Challenge

City of Refuge sits in the midst of one of Atlanta’s most historic and struggling communities. The current picture is troubling.

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,…