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

Christmas Backpack Programs

Interested in providing a Christmas Backpack or ‘adopting’ a youth this Christmas? The Christmas Backpack Program provides youth with a backpack filled with needed supplies and a few treats. The Adopt-A-Youth program allows sponsors to provide specific and individualized items for youth that would help get them closer to achieving a dream they have.  Both types of backpacks are handed out to youth at our Christmas Party. If you would like to participate, please click the appropriate link below to learn more and register.

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 –  Sept 1 – 2023


different youth served at The Refuge

(15% increase over 2021)

meals and snacks served to youth

(28% increase
over 2021)


recorded program interactions

(36% increase over 2021)


New youth (first time at The Refuge)

(10% increase over 2021)

The Refuge

300 Court Street

Oshawa, ON L1H 4X3

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