Hope Grows 2018

Hope Grows, our annual fundraising dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 6pm-9pm at The Factory at Franklin’s Jamison Hall.

The dinner is a celebration of the hope and healing our clients find at The Refuge Center. Our 2017 event’s musical guest was Christian recording artist and songwriter Plumb. She shared her story and music with us in an intimate acoustic performance. Every year, we honor a member of the Middle Tennessee community who exemplifies our values with our Hope Award. In 2017, we were thrilled to honor Mike Fisher, retired captain of the Nashville Predators with our 2017 Hope Award. Mike Fisher’s service in our community has been outstanding and he well embodies our core values at The Refuge Center as well. Roy Laws Art live painted an inspirational piece unique to Hope Grows as the event took place that was auctioned at the end of the evening. Read more about our 2017 event too, and the record breaking amount this event raised in 2017 supporting hope and healing through counseling.

We need our community’s help to continue our forward momentum with this event going into its 6th year! Learn how your company can get involved.

Thank you to our generous 2017 Sponsors. Stay tuned for more information about Hope Grows 2018.


Dinner Sponsored by


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Wisdom Sponsor

Courage Sponsors

Event Sponsors

University Sponsors


Please visit this link for information about being a corporate sponsor of Hope Grows 2018.


Want to read about Hope Grows 2016? 


  • 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.

    Female, Age 17
  • 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”.

    Female, Age 27
  • 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!

    Family testimonial
  • 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!

    Female, Age 40
  • 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.

    Female, Age 14