Hope Grows 2015

RC_HopeGrows_Poster_DIGITAL_2The Refuge Center for Counseling’s 10th anniversary celebration and 3rd annual fundraising dinner, Hope Grows, was a huge success! The 10th anniversary celebration and 3rd annual fundraising dinner and awards ceremony was held Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. at The Factory at Franklin, Jamison Hall.

The event featured dinner catered by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, a silent auction and entertainment by illusionist, Brock Gill. The Hope Award was presented to Al Andrews, founder and director of Porter’s Call, for embodying the mission of The Refuge Center–to empower, educate and support those in need.

We are overwhelmed and beyond grateful for the generosity and support from our friends, supporters, staff and board members. What a very special night! THANK YOU!

To view photos from the event, please click here.


Thank you to our Hope Grows 2015 sponsors!

Hope Partner:


Courage Partners:

Next Version                       SolomonParks Title & Escrow, LLC

Supporting Partners:

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Event Partners:

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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