The Refuge Center

Today is the day you can change someone's tomorrow.

aka The Refuge Center   |   CONYERS, GA   |  https://www.refugeconyers.org/

Mission

The Refuge Center is a Christian organization providing services that promote healthy pregnancy, birth, and lifestyle to encourage abundant life for the entire family regardless of race, religion, or economic status.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Angela Worthey

Main address

1307 MILSTEAD AVE NE

CONYERS, GA 30012 USA

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Formerly known as

Refuge Pregnancy Center

EIN

58-1592691

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Reproductive Health Care Facilities and Allied Services (E40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Refuge Center is located in Rockdale County, Georgia. Our clients face many challenges for raising a stable and prosperous family. 44% of households are living at 200% poverty level, 26% of children (ages 0-21) live in poverty, 47% of children are living in a single parent home, 14% above the national average, 50% or more of over 25-year-old population has achieved no more than a high school diploma or GED. Studies show that “Unintended pregnancy remains most common among poor women, women of color and women without a H.S. education. Women living in poverty have a rate of unintended pregnancy 5x higher than those with middle or high incomes.” Our internal data concludes that 91% of our clients live below the poverty level, making less than $30K per year. 83% intend to carry and parent their child. 17% believe that pregnancy termination is their only option. Most of the families we serve need some form of financial, emotional, educational, or spiritual support.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pregnancy

• Pregnancy Tests - clinical grade tests administered by trained staff for early detection of pregnancy

• Limited Obstetric Ultrasounds - providing proof of pregnancy viability, gestational age of the baby, as well as the first step in a journey toward pre-natal care and a healthy delivery

• Pregnancy Options Education - one on one, confidential conversations to discuss individual situations and begin forming a plan for complete wellness for both mother and child

• Post Abortion Recovery - compassionate, non-judgmental counseling based on nationally recognized “HEART” biblical curriculum and “Surrender the Secret” program to promote healing and encourage emotional and spiritual health

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Refuge Center's goal is to bring the families of our community from a moment of crisis, brought on by unintended pregnancy to a place of confidence to parent their children. We seek to encourage, educate and equip mothers and fathers. We work to help parents move forward with the opinion that they can provide a stable, healthy, and peaceful lifestyle for the whole family.

Meeting the immediate needs of our clients includes providing free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds,maternity and baby clothes, baby food and formula, diapers, and car seats. Education, an important component in overcoming poverty and abuse, includes GED classes, parenting classes, and/or mentor/mentee relationships in which trained volunteers meet with new mothers and fathers in an effort to help them transition from environments of crisis to environments of stability. Our “Earn While You Learn” program is a rewards-based system in which clients
receive points for showing parental and civic responsibility. These points can be exchanged for items women and men may need for themselves and their children. The goal of our educational approach through the GED, mentoring, and “Earn While You Learn”
programs is to equip the women and men we serve with the necessary tools to be engaged and successful members of our community.

Compassion, education, and offering a helping hand are the main strategies we employ. Often when a unintended pregnancy is realized, the mother and/or father are concerned about the future. Their concerns can stem from financial instability, relationship troubles, loss of job, education, and many other possible external life circumstances. Because each client we see has an individual life situation, we always take the time to listen to their concerns. We want to know what worries them about providing a stable home for the child they are carrying. Once we can determine the problems, Refuge offers some solutions.
First, through our free clinical grade pregnancy tests and limited obstetric ultrasounds, we can confirm pregnancy and viability. This provides state mandated "Proof of Pregnancy" so that pregnancy medicaid can be awarded to ensure the health of both mother child.
Second, our client advocates seek to equip each client with the knowledge to handle any issues they may be facing. We provide material assistance ranging from maternity clothes to baby care items up to 3 years of age. Families are welcome to visit the center once a month to get help with items such as diapers, clothes, formula and more. Our staff is knowledgeable about local and regional community resources that we refer our client to. These other resources can help our client seek answers to a variety of problems such as employment, housing, health issues, food stability, etc.
Third, Refuge seeks to give parents the knowledge necessary to raise healthy, happy, and productive families. We offer "Practical Motherhood and Fatherhood" programs. These programs are Earn While You Learn, incentive based programs. They give new or expectant parents the opportunity to learn about subjects such as pre-natal care, childbirth, infant care, brain development, discipline, consistency, and so much more.
We are always re-examining our strategies and how they are executed to keep up with the culture. We have recently began providing on-line video lessons for our parenting courses.

The Refuge Center has been in service to our community since 1984. Over the last 35 years, we have established many vital relationships with businesses, churches and individual families in and around our community. Refuge is honored to have over 20 amazing volunteers. The cost of which would be over 175k/year if these positions were paid staff. Our supporters provide us with the means to give generously to the families we serve. In 2019, $38,661 in material goods were donated for clients, $38,740 were given by individual contributors, local churches provided $31,618 in fund, and businesses supported us by giving $7,785 in cash donations. Our fundraising efforts in 2019, were generously supported by our community by raising $81,570.

The Refuge Center has been serving Rockdale County residents for over 35 years, which is a testament to both the needs of the community and the commitment of those serving the community. Refuge is committed to fiscal responsibility and growing its outreach as understanding about the role of education, in all areas of life, evolves. When we consider sustainability, we certainly consider the financial costs of our education programs, which we will continue to fund through donations and grants, but we also consider sustainability in terms of the
leadership and training of our staff and volunteers.

Since 1984, The Refuge Center has seen the following metrics from our clients:
• 63,122 client visits
• 9,248 babies born
• 23,509 material service visits
• 5,090 obstetric ultrasounds
• 72,185 encouragement phone calls, emails, or letters since 2004
• 761 Earn While You Learn Motherhood/Fatherhood classes
• 317 GED Students
• 69 people received healing from abortion trauma
• 15,585 clients received prayer, were encouraged to faith or had a spiritual discussion at Refuge since 2007

What's next for Refuge is a deeper partnership in our community. During FY 2021, The Refuge Center plans to move our physical location inside the Restoration Storehouse property. We will then be able to align more closely with other like-minded organizations in our community. This move will give us the freedom to openly collaborate with programs that will provide more complete care for the whole family. Our mission to “promote healthy pregnancy, birth, and lifestyle to encourage abundant life for the entire family” will fit perfectly into the overall mission of Restoration Storehouse, which is “to transform families from instability to sustainability.”

Our ability to simply walk clients down the hall to find assistance for life issues will be extremely impactful in their decision to carry and parent their child. R.S. will provide assistance in the following areas: Medical and Dental, Food Insecurity, Emergency Financial Needs, Transitional Housing, Employment Training, Domestic Abuse Support and Recovery, Family Counseling, Drug Abuse Recovery, Childcare, Nutritional Services, And more…

Once our goal of joining Restoration Storehouse has been achieved, we will work toward developing more programs and services to provide for the needs of our clients in the realm of pregnancy, birth, and family. Our future goals, based on funding, include: Pre-Natal Care, Abortion Pill Reversal, "Practical Relationships" and incentive based relationship class, and an external Maternity Home to provide transitional housing for pregnant women only.

All of our efforts and goals are carefully thought out with our community in mind. We listen to our clients intently to gather data that helps steer us into the future. We pray for a day when every family in our community is stable and confident while enjoying life with the ones they love.

Financials

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The Refuge Center

Board of directors
as of 7/31/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Butch Rumble

Butch Rumble

Carol Long

Bill Harris

Kathi Smith

Sharon Robuck