The Big Payback 2018


The Big Payback, a community-wide, online giving day hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, returns on Wednesday, May 2 and The Refuge Center for Counseling is thrilled to be participating!

The words of Isaiah 4:6 inspired our name 13 years ago. YOU can provide shelter and shade from the storms of people’s daily lives with just $30 on May 2nd.

A $30 gift provides funds for our sliding scale counseling fees so a family can receive help before a dispute turns violent, before a teen feels there is no hope for his life, before a couple gives up on their marriage, or before someone turns to drugs to escape their pain.

Cannot give $30? ALL donations are appreciated and needed and make an impact because:


How does The Big Payback work?

Kicking off at midnight on Wednesday, May 2, you can make gifts online to and search for The Refuge Center to make your gift.

Busy on May 2nd? Schedule your gift ahead of time.

Want to chat with us in person or drop off a check? Come by our “Coffee with the Counselors” event that morning at our office from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and see our space.

You can even become a Refuge Center Big Payback Ambassador to share our message with your friends. You can form your own campaign too! All the tools you need can be found here.

For more information, please visit

Please join us on May 2!


  • 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