About Us

The Refuge - A Fresh Start, Inc. held its first organizational meeting in January 2007. It was incorporated as a private nonprofit organization on October 15, 2007 and received its 501 (c)(3) status as a public, charitable organization from the Internal Revenue Service on April 15,2008.

The Refuge: A Fresh Start began providing short-term emergency shelter to the homeless population in Lyon County in February 2010. The Refuge has not focused on a specific demographic, but rather any local individual or family currently experiencing homelessness and who meets program criteria.

Participants that enter the program are provided support, goal development and referrals to appropriate resources and/or collaborating agencies to aid in stabilization , based on each participant’s needs.

The Refuge currently funds its operations with private foundation grants, local initiatives, and church and private donations.

The Refuge is the only emergency homeless shelter in Southwest Minnesota. The Refuge provides emergency shelter services through the use of short-term motel stays for both families and individuals.

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