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[Franklin, TN June 13, 2024] The Refuge Center for Counseling, a Franklin, TN non-profit recently hosted a Capital Campaign fundraiser on June 6 for their new building at the home of Cordia & Tom Harrington in Franklin. Combined with previous donations, The Refuge Center has raised a total of $204,000 towards the $750,000 in matches they have in place for their new location, opening in November 2024.

The intimate garden party featured live music, dinner, and a short presentation from Amy Alexander, CEO & Co-Founder of The Refuge Center, consisting of client stories, renderings of the new 15k sq ft facility and accompanying 7 acres, construction updates, and a breakdown of naming opportunities still available. Also present at the event was First Lady Maria Lee, wife to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, and Randy Clark, a businessman from Idaho and the source of the $500k match Refuge is now working towards.

“Refuge is so thankful for the generosity of the Harrington’s in hosting and introducing new friends to our mission, it was a wonderful opportunity to increase visibility so we can serve more people who need it.” Says Amy Alexander, CEO and Co-Founder of The Refuge Center for Counseling

Their ongoing campaign for their permanent facility has currently raised $7.5M out of a total project cost of $13.1M. The Refuge Center’s new building sits on 7 acres of land off of Long Lane in Franklin, TN and will allow them to extend their reach, serving a significantly larger portion of the community with the potential to help 5,000 clients through 42,000 counseling sessions in this new home each and every year. Consisting of a 15,200 square foot lodge-like facility and campus, it promises to embody their “culture of compassionate care.” This facility will feature dedicated spaces like a child and teen wing, a spacious multi-purpose room for seminars and group activities, and many outdoor features such as a prayer chapel, serene walking trails, healing gardens, a labyrinth, a playground, an enclosed pavilion and an expansive patio designed offering therapeutic elements.

Pictured L-R Cordia Harrington and Amy Alexander, CEO/Co-Founder of The Refuge Center

For more on The Refuge Center for Counseling’s list of services, sliding fee-scale, upcoming events, and impact, go to
For media inquiries, contact Tate Eller, Marketing Manager for The Refuge Center for Counseling at [email protected]