“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
At the center of The Refuge's work is the commitment that working together by combining our knowledge, resources, and passion for a better community leads to a better world for our children. This requires effort, vision, and commitment to address the personal, social, and structural issues that stand as barriers to sustainable living for so many in our community. It requires a proven strategy to move from temporary relief to empowerment for a sustainable future.
Therefore, we believe that we must address the entire social structure that affects our children. This begins with the immediate family. If the entire family is empowered, the children are introduced to possibilities they have never known. If we can help parents see that empowerment is possible, that moving from lacking many basic necessities for life to sustainable living is reachable, a world is changed for the family and a new world is introduced to the children. This is our work. This is our passion!