Since 1999, The Refuge has been working with youth experience homeless, live at a street-level, are at-risk of experiencing homelessness or who are struggling.
Today, The Refuge serves around 500 different youth annually and interacts with youth close to 10,000 times each year. More than a place to get breakfast, lunch, dinner (on Friday or Sunday), The Refuge seeks to be a place where youth experience love, nurture, encouragement, safety and belonging…a place to heal and gain a hope for the future…a place to experience the love of Jesus first hand.
The Refuge offers a wide variety of programs designed to help with food, housing, overcoming difficulties and finding the joys in life.
To show Jesus Christ’s love and kindness to the youth of our community through practical and compassionate means of intervention and prevention.
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.
Looking for a placement for your educational program? Whether you are a high-school, college or university student, The Refuge might be a fit for you. Contact Alexis Smid for details.
Did you know that The Refuge has a social enterprise catering company called New Leaf Catering. We provide catering for weddings, corporate events, larger family functions and the like. Hiring our youth, New Leaf Catering provides an excellent product with outstanding customer service.
The Refuge seeks to be transparent in our finances and the way we operate. We believe that every dollar given by you, the donor, should be treated with honour and respect and to be used for the purpose for which it was given.
Meet our Staff Team
(click on a staff member's name to send them an e-mail.)
Meaghan is our Education Officer and works with schools and community groups to educate them about youth homelessness and how we can be a part of the solution. Meaghan runs the In Another's Shoes, One Homeless Night and speaks to church and school groups. Meaghan also coordinates our volunteers.
300 Court Street, Oshawa, ON L1H 4X3