2020-2021 IMPACT REPORT

The Refuge Center’s mission is to offer affordable, professional counseling services to empower, educate and support individuals, couples and families in need. 

Letter from Executive Director & Co-Founder

Amy Alexander, LMFT

“We believe that no one should struggle or suffer alone. The work of The Refuge Center is more critical than it has ever been. With service need increasing, the mental health stigma decreasing and the growth in our community, the demand for affordable, accessible mental health care is unprecedented. As you will see throughout this report, The Refuge Center is leading the way in the mental health movement in this community!”

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About The Refuge Center for Counseling

The Refuge Center for Counseling opened in December 2005 as the vision of its founders Amy Alexander and Jennifer Gillett. Amy and Jennifer had discovered that there were few opportunities for affordable counseling in the area, as many local therapists charge $150 – $250+ per session. They wanted to offer therapy to those who could not afford those fees, so they created a sliding-scale fee structure that ranges from $25 – $120 per session and is based on each individual’s income level.

Your gifts provided transformation through counseling during a year of unprecedented growth.

The Refuge Center for Counseling

20-21 Board of Directors

"In 2020, The Refuge Center, along with the world, faced an unprecedented health crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic."

Steve Hackney, Board Chair, 20-21
2021 Board

Building Refuge

We are in Phase Two of the Capital Campaign with a goal to raise $2.2 million by the end of 2022. With the demand for our services at an all-time high, it is imperative that we build our larger, more permanent home.

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Hope Grows 2021
Our annual fundraising dinner was held on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 with musical guests Jill Phillips & Andy Gullahorn. We also honored Franklin Mayor, Dr. Ken Moore, with The Hope Award. YOU helped set a fundraising record for Hope Grows - exceeding $200,000 to make affordable, life-changing care possible.
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Live Intentionally Speaker Series
We went virtual for our annual speaker series on April 17, 2020 titled “Living with Presence, Connection, and Intention after Trauma."
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The Big Payback
We participated once again in this online day of giving on May 5, 2021 put on by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. This year we focused on reducing the stigma of mental health!
Stories of Hope
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We are grateful for the support of these organizations and foundations in 20-21

Story of Hope
"Reaching our for help was the best decision I could have made. When my husband died I was a full-time student and the sliding scale made it possible for me to afford the care that I needed. I can honestly say I feel good again, which it something I never thought I'd be able to say again."
Female Client
Story of Hope
"As I look back at the past year, the progress I made with my counselor is the most valuable and empowering skillset I acquired. Counseling has enabled me to not just be aware of my challenges, but to move forward and establish new patterns of thoughts and behaviors that I've admired in others but struggled to forge myself for years."
Female Client
Story of Hope
"The grief group helped bring me back to my path to continue grieving in healthy ways. It was accepting, welcoming and impactful."
Female Client
Story of Hope
“As my counselor began to work with me we had to unravel a lot of things in my heart and mind. We worked hard every week, both of us. I became more and more confident in who I was as whole person and was able to use the tools that my counselor gave me effectively on a daily basis. Counseling has been extremely liberating and life-changing.”
Male Client
Story of Hope
“Our counselor is someone that makes our daughter feel special and not afraid of situations that would normally have thrown her into a downward spiral of anger and depression. I have no idea where we would be as a family if we hadn’t found The Refuge Center.”
Family Client
Story of Hope
“The tools that counseling has given me will go with me for the rest of my life. The fact is: if I would not have come to counseling, I would have never made it this far on my own. I will reach my full potential in life.”
Male Client
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