The mission of The Refuge Center for Counseling was clear from them beginning—to offer affordable, professional counseling services in order to empower, educate and support individuals, couples and families in need.
Today, The Refuge Center for Counseling serves as a place of hope and healing for over 2,300 clients, regardless of their ability to pay. No one is turned away for their inability to pay and 91 percent of our clients seek financial assistance. It is this commitment to affordability paired with our dedication to quality that allows us to see growth and expansion year after year.
The Refuge Center for Counseling has two main revenue streams: 1) client session fees, and 2) tax-deductible donations from our generous community of supporters – individuals, corporations, family/corporate foundations and grants. The Refuge Center for Counseling also hosts community events as a tool to support our fundraising efforts.
(Download PDF) All 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities
(Download PDF) Friday, April 20, 2018 “Live Intentionally” Speaker Series “Surviving The Storm: Living Intentionally and Leaning into Transformation When Life is Hard With Speaker Jan Harrison”.
To “Live Intentionally” is to live life in congruence with our values and beliefs while striving for meaningful relationships with ourselves and others. Clients come to The Refuge Center to gain insight on how to navigate life when unexpected roadblocks interfere in their journeys. Through this speaker series, The Refuge Center strives to engage and connect with our Middle Tennessee community in a relaxed, authentic and nurturing setting with interesting conversation about what it means to “Live Intentionally.” Proceeds from these events fund our mission to provide affordable, professional counseling services in order to empower, educate, and support individuals, couples and families in need. The Refuge Center for Counseling’s first “Live Intentionally” Speaker Series topic was “Fueled by Purpose: Turning Inspiration Into Action,” featuring artist, photographer and visionary Jeremy Cowart. The event was presented by Beacon Capital Management on Friday, April 7, 2017.
Our 2018 “Live Intentionally” Speaker Series is titled “Surviving The Storm: Living Intentionally and Leaning into Transformation When Life is Hard With Speaker Jan Harrison”. The event will be Friday, April 20th at 9:00am at the Williamson County Enrichment Center. How do you walk a path you’ve never been on before? How do you withstand a storm that threatens to wipe out your family and ruin your dreams? How do you keep from becoming wrecked by the uncertainties and disruptions in life? Jan Harrison’s dramatic disruption was the sudden death of her 27-year-old son. Yours may be a diagnosis, an addiction, an accident, or a disability. It could be abandonment, rejection, divorce, infertility, or the loss of a job creating both physical and emotional insecurity. Because of these situations, many of us feel as though we are adrift at sea with no compass or purpose other than survival. This speaker series will be presented FREE for our community with experiential breakout sessions following Jan Harrison focusing on the physical, emotional, financial and spiritual aspects of dealing with loss in all its forms. Advance registration is required. Doors open at 8:30am. A light breakfast will be served. The event concludes at 12:00pm.
(Download PDF) Hope Grows Tuesday, October 23, 2018
The Factory at Franklin Jamison Hall 6pm-9pm
Hope Grows is our annual fundraising dinner and celebration of the joy, hope, and healing found by so many at The Refuge Center for Counseling. This event is our single most important fundraiser that provides us with the support needed to advance our mission of providing affordable, professional counseling services in order to empower, educate, and support individuals, couples and families in need. Our sold out event in 2017 featured musical guest Christian recording artist and songwriter Plumb who has sold over a half a million albums and millions of singles sold and streamed worldwide. We also honor a member of the Middle Tennessee community who exemplifies our values with our annual Hope Award. We were honored to present our 2017 Hope Award to Mike Fisher, retired captain of the Nashville Predators.
Our sixth annual Hope Grows event will take place on Tuesday October 23, 2018 at The Factory at Franklin in Jamison Hall. There were over 300 people in attendance in 2017, and we shattered our $100,000 goal with a record-breaking $160,000 in funds raised.
When I first came to The Refuge Center, I had an eating disorder. Now I am not worried about food or my weight. I am happy and have more joy. I am not worried or anxious.
The Refuge Center has taught me so much about myself. I’ve discovered who I am in a bright, new way. I’ve learned how to work through pain of loss, relationship problems, and I’ve learned how to set healthy boundaries. After all, it’s up to me to protect myself. I’ve also learned that I’m not damaged, or maybe I am, but we all are and we all can heal. The Refuge Center has taught me how to take steps towards healing. It’s a journey, but a beautiful one. I’m learning to find joy in the “here and now”.
My family and I came to The Refuge Center after experiencing several traumatic deaths in our immediate family. We were eagerly met with patience, love, concern, and understanding of our situation. They have offered tremendous guidance and excellent suggestions to help us cope. We feel blessed that God guided us to such an amazing center!
I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am to have received help from the Refuge Center. My therapist has been amazing! When I came to the center, I felt devastated, guilty, unloved and overwhelmed. My therapist helped me see things in such a different light. She gave me tools to use and listened to me cry. She gave me courage and hope. She truly has been an angel sent to me from God. As I sit here today, I feel confident and stronger than I ever have! I am forever thankful for all your help. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Talking to my counselor has been life changing. She helped me understand things fully, like with friendships, family problems, and my own feelings and emotions. I’m really thankful for her help. Even though I’ve never been to another counselor, I’m pretty sure she’s the best ever! It’s great to have someone to talk to other than friends and family. Thank you.