History & Values

Since 1988, HRS has provided housing, food, training, and mentoring to marginalized people who want to change their lives for the better. By showing them Christ, we transform the entire person through grace and practical help.

The History of House of Refuge Sunnyslope

  • 1988

    Elmer and Mim Miller, with the prompting of the Holy Spirit and support of the Sunnyslope Mennonite Church, began ministering to the homeless of Phoenix. The Millers and several other families provided shelter, showers, and food in the gymnasium of their church.

  • 2001

    House of Refuge Sunnyslope was established as a 501 (3)(c) and continued the tradition of assisting the homeless. This outreach became House of Refuge Sunnyslope which provided long-term housing to working men.

  • 2010

    A safe housing program for working single moms and their children was added.

  • 2014

    A third program providing safe housing for women was added.

  • Today

    House of Refuge Sunnyslope has a capacity of 70-80 individuals and can provide housing or private apartments for 35 men, 10 women, and 12 families.

Our Values

The Bible

We believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and the basis for all we do.


We believe transformation only happens through a relationship with God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

Christian Fellowship

We believe in the importance of Christian fellowship, community, and healthy relationships.


We believe employment creates self-worth in an individual.

Spiritual Growth

We believe our residents obtain emotional and financial stability through spiritual growth.


We believe volunteers are vital to fulfilling our mission.

We're here for you!

We want to have a place for you here. Let us know how you'd like to get involved!