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3 Residents take Advantage of our Scholarship Program

House of Refuge Sunnyslope (HRS) has a scholarship program that’s available for residents in good standing. The program focuses on job-ready education such as earning a GED, attending college, trade schools, or earning certifications in their field of interest. This gives them a crucial leg-up to better job opportunities. Here are 3 stories of residents…
Mailing volunteers

New Volunteer Opportunities – No Matter How Busy You Are!

Have you ever wondered how many volunteers a nonprofit organization should have before it hires a volunteer coordinator? Volunteers are the lifeblood of a nonprofit organization and House of Refuge Sunnyslope (HRS) is no different. In any given month, HRS can have 275 volunteers on campus, serving over 1200 hours. They mentor, help in the…

A Volunteer’s Story: Where God Wanted Her to Be

Moira Winter started volunteering at House of Refuge Sunnyslope (HRS) approximately 18-20 years ago. She came to cook one night to cover as a favor for an acquaintance and stayed. Little did she know how God would use her in the next 20 years and beyond. Dinner with the guys She connected with the men.…
David Atkins, former director of House of Refuge Sunnyslope

When You Look Back, Don’t Forget to Look Ahead

In digging through archives in preparation for the 30th Anniversary Gala, we came across a newsletter from April 2001, written by then director of House of Refuge Sunnyslope (HRS), David Atkins. It provides us with a revealing look back at what HRS was like then and it helps us look at where we are now…
Roberto's Story: Saved by Grace from Addiction

Roberto’s Story: Transformed by Grace from Addiction

Roberto came to House of Refuge Sunnyslope in 2005. He was struggling with an addiction to methamphetamines. He knew he needed help. He tried other programs, but they weren’t Christian or they didn’t allow him to work. He needed to work to cover child support. “I knew I needed to change and I felt a…
"Well done, my Good and Faithful Servant"

‘Well Done, My Good And Faithful Servant’

It’s ironic that I’m writing this memorial blog post on the day another of God’s faithful servants went home — the Rev. Billy Graham. In the House of Refuge Newsletter dated March, 1996, then newsletter editor, Susan Moellinger wrote about the death of House of Refuge founder, Elmer Miller. In it she highlighted what heaven…
4 More Lives Changed by God for the Better

4 More Lives Changed by God

Four more men successfully completed the House of Refuge Sunnyslope (HRS) transitional housing program and on January 21, 2018, we celebrated how God transformed their lives. Johnny: Abel Sambrano, our men’s program manager spoke about Johnny. He admired his humility, willingness to work, and volunteering to help around campus. Previously, Johnny’s life revolved around drugs…
Reflecting on Stories of Transformation, Hope and Promise

Reflecting on Stories of Transformation, Hope and Promise

Wouldn’t you agree it’s the season of the greatest story ever told? It’s the story of God’s plan to reconcile us to Him through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. As we celebrate this story, the staff and I are reflecting on the many stories God has written within our…
Life Transformed: Becoming What God Intends You to Be

Life Transformed: Becoming What God Intends You to Be

The Vision of House of Refuge Sunnyslope (HRS) is: Through the power and love of Jesus Christ, we encourage, equip, and help transform individuals into the men and women that God intended them to be. Wandena “Dena” Walker’s “life transformed” story epitomizes our vision. Dena found us on the Internet back on September of 2015.…
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