In order for anything to grow, it must be firmly planted.

With the need for counseling services at an all-time high, it is imperative that The Refuge Center build a larger, permanent home with the help of generous community partners.

With your help, The Refuge Center could serve significantly more in our community, 5000 clients in 40,000 counseling sessions, in this new home and with our collaborative nonprofit partners throughout Middle Tennessee and beyond. Imagine the impact of this many changed lives? Our clients share what this means for individuals, couples, children and families right here in our community.

We believe growth is not always just about “more” and “bigger” but is also about deeper and richer. Because of this, The Refuge Center’s 15,200 square foot facility and campus will be a holistic facility that is a physical manifestation of our culture of compassionate care. Plans include spaces like a prayer chapel, walking trails, a healing garden, and a large multi-purpose room for seminars and group activities. If you have questions about this new facility, please visit our FAQ page or reach out to us. We are happy to talk to you.

We strongly believe that no matter who you are, no matter what you have done, no matter what has been done to you, no matter how much your income is or where you live- when you come to The Refuge Center you deserve to have the most excellent care possible with maximum opportunity for healing.

The Timeline



GOAL $13.1 Million thermometer

Next Financial Milestones

Need to raise $2.2M by September 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.

Still to Come

June 2023: Site work and utilities began at campus

August 2023: Construction begins on facility at campus

September 2024: Ribbon cutting on new campus and facility!

Building Refuge Leadership Team


Ken Davis

Comedian, Motivational Speaker and Emmy Award Winning Entertainer


Carl Roberts

Dean of School of Business, Williamson College


Keith Solomon

Attorney at Law, Solomon Parks Title & Escrow


Chris Elrod Laskey

Realtor, Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty


Kim Jensen

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Jason Thompson

Executive Minister, Harpeth Hills Church of Christ


Brent Turner

CEO, Summit BHC


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