Refuge is externally focused as a church in Fort Myers with a local emphasis towards:
- Orphans (adoption, fostering, mentoring)
- Widows (including single moms, women who have been hurt and/or abused)
- Marginalized (addiction, mental health diseases, etc)
We currently support the following organizations with volunteers and financial resources.
When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. The vision statement of The Compassionate Friends is that everyone who needs us will find us and everyone who finds us will be helped.
To learn more about Compassionate Friends visit their website. Our local SWFL chapter meets the 1st Monday of each month at 6:30pm in the Refuge Cafe. Contact Vilma at (239) 565-7387 or Lorraine (239) 851-4924 for additional information.
Hoops on Mission
The Mission of Hoops on Mission is to empower youth and young adults by creating a multi-ethnic community through athletics and teaching essential life skills in order to ensure the success of future generations and enriching their lives and those of their families, schools, communities and beyond. Hoops on Mission exists to inspire and empower children and youth in Southwest Florida to be world changers in their community.
Dwayne Jackson, the founder of HOM, has a passion for God and making a difference in people’s life through basketball. To learn about the impact Hoops on Mission is having in our community visit their website. Contact Dwayne (239) 888-1933 to find out how you can impact youth and young adults in our community.
Into the Jordan Ministries
Into the Jordan Ministries is a Christ-centered counseling & wellness center for trafficked & exploited adult women, who live in Fort Myers or Cape Coral, Florida. We strive to empower survivors by providing opportunities for healing, education, employment, & stable housing. Our approach is holistic, trauma-informed & biblically based. We provide weekly life-skills groups, one-on-one mental health counseling (with licensed counselors), biblical mentorship, and weekly wellness classes.
To learn more about Into the Jordan Ministries visit their website.
Pine Manor Community
We are working alongside the Pine Manor Improvement Association in the Pine Manor Community. Pine Manor is one of five neighborhoods designated by the Lee County Board of Commissioners as “blighted” and in need of direct social service delivery. The mission of the Pine Manor Improvement Association is: Equip, educate and empower the families, individuals and children of Pine Manor for a better quality of life.
Our goal is to come alongside this community and provide service projects, special community events and financial assistance to it’s residents. To learn more about the Pine Manor Improvement Association visit their website.
The Refuge Adoption Fund was founded with an initial contribution of $10,000. For this fund, we will be working out the “vetting” process for fund distribution soon, but it’s purpose is to support Refuge members, who have a desire to adopt a child (US or International).
Unfortunately individuals with mental health needs are often stigmatized, especially within the church community, and made to feel that they aren’t strong enough to cope with life’s challenges. At various times in an individual’s life, counsel is needed. Often times counsel can be provided through the comfort of a listening friend or a spiritual mentor within the church family. However, there are times when the needs prove to be so challenging that a individual could benefit from treatment by a mental health professional. Refuge.Church desires to provide a resource to those who want to seek the help of a therapist as a means to improve his or her mental health. Visit our counseling page for more info.