Our program has a two part mission: (1) to provide the Good News of Jesus Christ which we believe is the single most important thing needed to make any personal change that matters, (2) provide emergency and transitional housing to homeless individuals and families while providing services to help them regain independence.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble.
The Refuge will provide housing, food, clothing, educational and/or vocational training, basic life skills, and spiritual guidance. We want to be a stepping stone to help those experiencing homelessness regain independence.
The Refuge will accomplish this in partnership with volunteers from the community and through the coordination of services available from churches, agencies, and others programs.
Let no debt remain outstanding except the
continuing debt to love one another, for he
who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the
Our fAith statement
The Refuge's Statement of Faith
- As Christians and as members of The Refuge Board of Directors, we believe with our hearts and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit the following to be true:
- The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and ultimately authoritative written word of God.
- The Refuge Board of Directors will seek counsel in the Bible through prayerful consideration in making decisions on behalf of the Board and for the care of the guests.
- We believe in one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit (The Trinity).
- Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified and died on the cross for our sins, was buried, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.
- Through God's grace and through the merits of Jesus Christ, we will have everlasting life and the only way to salvation is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- The church consists of believers that join together to form on body.
- As Board Members of The Refuge Homeless Shelter in Lapeer County, we commit ourselves to active participation in our home congregation, evangelism, deeds of love and service, and fulfilling the Great Commandment as stated in Matthew 22:37-39. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. The second is like it “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (NKJV) and Matthew 25:40: “Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it to ME.” (NKJV).