The first step each and every man must take is to attend the Refuge Orientation Session held every Monday at 10:00am at:

Hilltop Lutheran Church
12 S Terrace Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43204

Friends and family of men interested in entering the ministry are ALL welcome and encouraged to stay for this informative session. The session lasts about two hours and covers every aspect of what takes place during the 13 month commitment. After the Orientation, any man wishing to enter will be given a brief application to complete and will be given an interview.

Men who are ready should come prepared to enter this same day. The following is a list of what may be brought in:

    • 8 pairs of pants
    • 8 shirts
    • 3 pair of shoes
    • 3 sweaters or sweatshirts
    • 8 pairs Socks & underwear
    • Personal hygiene products (no alcohol)
    • 1 Bible
    • 1 Notebook

Please note: We cannot accept men who have open or active warrants, men who are on probation with a scheduled requirement to meet their Probation Officer in person, or men who are required to register as sex offenders. We do not take men who have been sentenced to The Refuge “in lieu” of incarceration.

Also, The Refuge does not allow any prescription medication that are considered “mood altering”. Should a man be considering entering please consult your physician prior to making a decision NOT to take prescribed medication. A letter from your physician MAY be required for entry into The Refuge. Any questions, please call our information line 614.991.0131

There is no cost to enter the Refuge. The work of the men while in the ministry provide for their room and board…”A hand up, not a hand out!”