noun: a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1


Update (July 6, 2021)
Affordable Housing for Youth in the Durham Region took one more step forward. Last week we received confirmation that funding to purchase the building has been achieved through the Region of Durham and the Government of Canada. What great news!
However, we still are still seeking zoning approval from the City of Oshawa. There is an easement issue with the Archdiocese of Toronto of the Roman Catholic Church that is holding up the zoning approval. We are working on solutions to this issue and hope to have zoning approval soon.
Additionally, the Government of Canada has announced the Rapid Housing Initiative – Phase 2. The Refuge intends to once again apply for the RHI but this time to help cover the conversion costs of our affordable housing facility. We will keep you posted as the deadline for the application is August 31st with a decision no later than Dec. 1/ 2021.

Since 1999, The Refuge has been working with youth who are experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of experiencing homelessness, or who are struggling.  More than just a place to find breakfast, lunch, showers, laundry facilities, access to clothing and personal hygiene products, as well as housing help, The Refuge is a place where youth can find community, safety, belonging and a renewed hope for their future.  

The vision of The Refuge is to see people restored to the truth that they are created in the image of God with gifts, abilities, the capacity to make positive decisions and to affect change in the world around them. We desire to see people reveal God’s glory through careful stewardship of their lives, communities, resources and relationships.

For Youth

Are you a youth wondering what type of things go on at The Refuge and how The Refuge might be able to help you?

For Community Members

Do you represent a business, community group, church or are you an individual interested in learning more about The Refuge and how you can help youth in our community?


Jan. 1 –  June 30 – 2021


different youth served at The Refuge

meals and snacks served to youth


recorded program interactions


New youth (first time at The Refuge)

The Refuge

300 Court Street

Oshawa, ON L1H 4X3

(p) 905-404-2420 (f) 905-404-1910

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