City Of Refuge
THOUGHTS FROM DAN:
About 10 years ago I was invited by a friend to serve at a homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta. It was one of the most humbling and convicting experiences of my life. My attitude and my understanding of homelessness and addiction and poverty was turned upside down, and for the first time in my life I recognized an organization that was close to Jesus' heart. Since then, I have become involved in many ministries that serve "the least of these," but none more impacting than City of Refuge.
City of Refuge is one of the most impressive organizations I have ever come in contact with. Not only are they following God's call to "feed my sheep," the leaders and staff and volunteers at City of Refuge have created what I think should be a model for every non-profit desiring growth and maximum impact.
What started as a street feeding program has now turned into a multi-purpose, multi-service ministry offering hope to individuals and families in need. From food, clothing and shelter to job training, placement, housing, healthcare and education, City of Refuge's goal is "to provide access to and information about the best possible opportunities for success to those who are willing to work hard for positive change."
Watch this video for an introduction to City of Refuge.
A word of advice: Before getting involved in ministries outside of your local church, make sure you do your homework. Be careful about jumping into philanthropies and help-organizations that are heart-heavy and head-light. Make sure the ministry is a wise investment of your time and your treasure, and that the leadership is ably equipped to create and sustain a strong organization.