History: In 1970, a group calling themselves Mission Possible initiated a street feeding program in downtown Atlanta. The feeding program grew and other outreach efforts were added. After many years of working with the city’s neediest individuals and families, the Mission incorporated its outreach programs in 1997 as a non-profit organization called CITY OF REFUGE. In 2003 the organization received by donation its present facility, an eight acre tract on Joseph E. Boone Blvd. (formerly Simpson Rd.) in the heart of Atlanta’s most challenging neighborhood. Included in the donation were two warehouse buildings with a total of 210,000 square feet of space.
Since relocating to their present location, City of Refuge has focused on refining its programs and providing deep rooted support to those in need. Thus far, approximately 110,000 square feet has been renovated and is fully operational. Included are: office space, youth center, children’s ministry center, two basketball courts, fitness center, Compassion Atlanta food distribution warehouse, emergency shelter for women, Resource Center, 180° Kitchen and Dining Hall, and Eden Village transitional housing for women and children.
Synthetic Turf International & Controlled Products: In May of 2012, Synthetic Turf International and Controlled Products donated and installed a large indoor play area at the City of Refuge facility in Atlanta. This area is designed to give the children of the City of Refuge a safe environment to play year round. The synthetic turf is the beginning of an entire wing dedicated to the children within this community. In the near future, several pieces of play equipment and playground structures will be added to this area in order to create a truly unique experience for these children and their families.
Find out more at: www.cityofrefugeinc.com