Events

(Download Sponsorship Form PDF) Friday, April 26, 2019 “Live Intentionally” Speaker Series “Healing through Connection: Overcoming Trauma, Toxic Stress and Disease” with keynote speaker Dr. Thomas Cabell

To “Live Intentionally” is to live life in congruence with our values and beliefs while striving for meaningful relationships with ourselves and others. Clients come to The Refuge Center to gain insight on how to navigate life when unexpected roadblocks interfere in their journeys. Through this speaker series, The Refuge Center strives to engage and connect with our Middle Tennessee community in a relaxed, authentic and nurturing setting with interesting conversation about what it means to “Live Intentionally.” Proceeds from these events fund our mission to provide affordable, professional counseling services in order to empower, educate, and support individuals, couples and families in need.

Our 2019 “Live Intentionally” Speaker Series is titled “Healing through Connection: Overcoming Trauma, Toxic Stress and Disease” with speaker Dr. Thomas Cabell. This third annual event will be Friday, April 26th at 9:00 AM at Brentwood Baptist Church. All welcome! 

Through Dr. Cabell’s personal story and practice as a cardiologist, he is passionate about the importance of emotional health as it relates to the nervous and immune system function, or dysfunction, which results in dis-ease in our bodies.

We will be talking about the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) score for childhood trauma and explore the ways adverse childhood experiences have been linked to a variety of adult conditions, ranging from increased headaches to depression to heart disease. An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. Take the test here. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is likely to be and the higher your risk for later health problems. The ACE score isn’t a crystal ball; it’s just meant as guidance. It tells you about one type of risk factor among many.

We will focus on intentional ways and ideas for supporting our body and mind through relationships, nutrition, movement, play, and meditation in mini sessions following Dr. Cabell.

Visit the “Live Intentionally 2019” Page Here


(Download Hope Grows Sponsorship Form PDF) Hope Grows Tuesday, October 22, 2019 

The Factory at Franklin Jamison Hall 6pm-9pm

Please visit this page for the Hope Grows 2019 recap and images.

Hope Grows is our annual fundraising dinner and celebration of the joy, hope, and healing found by so many at The Refuge Center for Counseling. This event is the single most important fundraiser providing us with the support needed to advance our mission of providing affordable, professional counseling services in order to empower, educate, and support individuals, couples, and families in need. We also honor a member of the Middle Tennessee community who exemplifies our values with our annual Hope Award. We were honored to present our 2018 Hope Award to Taj and Eddie George. There were over 300 people in attendance in 2018, and we raised a record-breaking $160,000! Thank you! 

Our seventh annual Hope Grows event will take place on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at The Factory at Franklin in Jamison Hall. 

We are thrilled to welcome Jars of Clay as our musical guest. The Nashville-based Christian rock band achieved resounding success in the field of Christian alternative rock by infusing creativity with religion, music with scripture, and a distinctive musical style with traditional viewpoints. They broke into mainstream radio, video, and retail in 1996, and sold millions of records since their debut. The band’s name was inspired by the II Corinthians 4:7 verse in the Bible that reads, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” The verse, which refers to the frailty of humanity and our earthly bodies, is also the lyric of the song Four Seven” on the band’s debut release.

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email Katherine Hofstetter at katherine.hofstetter@therefugecenter.org.


Past Events

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  • 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