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The Refuge Center for Counseling has received two matching opportunities totaling $750,000 for their new building opening in November 2024. $250,000 came from The Cal Turner Family Foundation and a separate $500,000 match came from Randy Clark, a private donor and supporter of The Refuge Center. Both matching opportunities are contingent upon the organization’s ability to raise the total of $750k in new cash gifts by November 1, when The Refuge Center’s new building will be complete. Their ongoing campaign for their permanent facility has currently raised $7.5M out of a total project cost of $13.1M. In order to open their doors in November 2024, $1.5M is needed. If met, these promised matches would help them to reach their goal of $1.5M and allow them to move in.

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.
Info on The Refuge Center
The Refuge Center exists to offer excellent, accessible, and affordable mental and emotional healthcare services in support of a transformational impact on communities. Since opening in 2005, they have provided over 300,000 counseling sessions and serve over 4000 clients every year, all on a sliding-scale fee system that ranges from $25-$125 so no one is excluded based on income. Additionally, Refuge serves over 18 counties throughout Middle Tennessee and more than 89% of clients utilize the sliding scale to some extent. For more on The Refuge Center for Counseling’s list of services, sliding fee-scale, upcoming events, and impact, go to For more info on the capital campaign, go to

For media inquiries, contact Tate Foster, Marketing Manager for The Refuge Center for Counseling at [email protected], 615-336-7443