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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…
A Living Testimony of Refuge, Hope and God's Promises

A Living Testimony of Refuge, Hope and God’s Promises

Tommy, one of our House of Refuge Sunnyslope (HRS) program graduates from 2011, is a living testimony of “Refuge, Hope and God’s Promises”... Tommy had… “…made some pretty poor decisions in life … ended up doing a couple of years in prison…” From prison, he was seeking refuge… At HRS… …he started feeling the warmth…
From Fear and Desperation to Embracing Jesus

From Fear and Desperation to Embracing Jesus

Desiree lived in fear and desperation. A single mom since the age of 30, she felt very lost and needed a place where she felt safe. House of Hope Sunnyslope (HHS) was that place and there, she also found Jesus. Her time in a domestic violence shelter was coming to a close, she had recently…
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.…
Movin' on Up - A Hopeful and Happy Man

Movin’ on Up – A Hopeful and Happy Man

Stephen King (yes, that’s his real name) didn’t plan to be homeless when his marriage fell apart. He was living in the East Valley, working at a good job, but he opted to give the house to his wife and 4 kids and ended up on the streets. He slept in his car for a…
What are most thankful for?

What are you most thankful for this year?

With Thanksgiving approaching, we asked our residents “What are you most thankful for this year?” Here are some of their responses… Aaron Aaron: “The renewing of my mind and the desire to be disciplined. The blessing of being alive.”     Kevin Kevin: “To be alive, sober and to have a healthy son and family.”…
Video: What Happens at a Men's Graduation

Video: What Happens at a Men’s Graduation

L-r: Davey Markham, Steve Moeller, Okey Nnorom – the 3 most recent graduates from House of Refuge Sunnyslope On September 17, 2017, we had the pleasure of celebrating the graduation of 3 men: Davey Markham, Steven Moeller, and Okey Nnorom. Here’s Davey’s Testimony:   “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”…
Collete's moving on fund check

House of Refuge Moving On Fund Helps Residents Start New Lives

Imagine a guy with $4000 in college loans. He enters the House of Refuge Sunnyslope program to get his life on the right track, however, once he pays off his debt, he doesn’t have any money saved to “move on” after he graduates from the program. That’s how the Moving On Fund got started. In this…
Looking for Happiness David Found Jesus in Prison

Looking for Happiness David Found Jesus in Prison

“I had  a career, people that loved me. I had all those things but I never really had happiness.” David came to House of Refuge Sunnyslope (HRS) from prison in November 2012. He had it all then, “I gave it all away to drinking and drugging… making poor choices.” Those poor choices landed David in…
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