Help us make an impact.
Your assistance will enable The Refuge Center to extend its reach, serving a significantly larger portion of our community, more than half of those children and teens, with the potential to help 5,000 clients through 40,000 counseling sessions in this new home, all through working in collaboration with nonprofit partners across Middle Tennessee and beyond. Just imagine the life-changing impact this can have on individuals, couples, children, and families in our community.
Refuge and our General Contractor Solomon Builders will be hosting a ‘Dry-in” celebration on Tuesday, March 5th, between 12pm-1pm. This is a milestone in the process as it means the structure is enclosed with the roof finished and the majority of windows in. Celebrate with us at 4317 Long Lane Franklin, TN 37064. Parking is limited. Carpooling and all weather shoes are strongly suggested. A BBQ lunch will be available.
Your support makes this mission possible.
At The Refuge Center, we firmly believe that everyone, regardless of their background, past experiences, or income level deserves the highest quality care and the best opportunities for healing.
We believe growth is not always just about “more” and “bigger” but is also about “deeper” and “richer.”
Firmly planted. The Refuge Center’s 15,200 square foot facility and campus will embody our culture of compassionate care. This facility will feature dedicated spaces like an outdoor prayer chapel, serene walking trails, a healing garden and prayer labyrinth, playground for children, and a spacious multi-purpose room for seminars and group activities. If you have any questions about this new facility, please visit the FAQ’s at the bottom of this page or reach out to us. We’re here to provide answers and engage with you.
Next Financial Milestones
- Need to raise $2.1M by October 2024 (to move into building)
- Need to raise final $4M by June 2026 (to be debt free)
July 2023: We have now raised $6.9M total
June 2023: Match met! Site work began on campus! We have now raised $6.2M total!
April 2023: A local Foundation offer a match of $250k for funds that can be raised by June 15th!
Additional funds have come in and we have now raised $5.6M total!
March 2023: Refuge has a “Moving Dirt” ceremony to celebrate raising enough funds to do site and utility work at campus. Check out this video of the ceremony
December 2022: We have now raised $5.5M total!
September 2022: Refuge selects Solomon Builders to build campus and facility
August 2022: Contractor bids come in. Pricing for construction has increased significantly in the past 10 months due to inflation. Value engineering begins and 68 total items on project are adjusted to save money.
December 2021: We have now raised $2.5M total
September 2020: First land “Open House” held at the property as an opportunity to invite new friends and donors into The Refuge Center story!
January 2020: Refuge Center Board of Directors approves to pay off Long Lane land in full. Signage goes up on Long Lane- “Future Home of The Refuge Center for Counseling.”
August 2019: Close on Long Lane property
June 2019: Final vote from BOMA approves our requests for annexation and rezoning
September 2018: Kick Off Launch for the Growing Home Leadership Team.
September 2018: Refuge Center submits applications to The City of Franklin for annexation and rezoning of Long Lane.
July 2018: Made an offer on Long Lane property
March 2018: Second Feasibility Study completed
October 2016: Presented campus vision with rendering at Hope Grows.
July 2016: Conducted interviews for 3 architectural firms. Selected one firm (Bauer and Askew) and entered a service agreement.
May and June 2016: 5 focus groups held regarding campus vision. Feedback from those groups lead to facility design.
July 2015: First Feasibility study completed
July 2014: Begin searching for land (ultimately vetted 42 properties over 4 years)
Jan 2013: Refuge campus visioning began in strategic planning meetings.
Building Refuge Leadership Team
Comedian, Motivational Speaker and Emmy Award Winning Entertainer
Dean of School of Business, Williamson College
Attorney at Law, Solomon Parks Title & Escrow
Chris Elrod Laskey
Realtor, Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Executive Minister, Harpeth Hills Church of Christ
CEO, Summit BHC