Refuge Memphis

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Imparting hope in times of need with food, clothing, emergency shelter, and educational pathways

our vision


Founded in 2012, Refuge Memphis is a 501 ( c) 3 charity whose mission is to impart hope in time of need with food, clothing, emergency shelter, and educational pathways for individuals and families living in poverty in Shelby County, Tennessee.  Its programs are being unified to operate as Operation Reach Out. Operation Reach Out uses a three-phase approach, Reactionary, Corrective, and Preventive in nature.  All of which are designed to help break the cycles of generational poverty, crime, and social program dependence in Shelby County, TN.


Who Do We Help? Our Clients are:

  • Poverty Stricken Families
  • Homeless
  • Fatherless or Orphaned Children
  • Wayward Youth
  • Victims surviving Domestic Violence and Sex Trafficking
  • Victims surviving Life Controlling Addictions
  • Individuals with Transitional Housing Needs


All Star Sports  This year long program offers youth an alternative place to be instead of hanging out on the streets with high gang recruitment. Over the past year, 200 plus youth have been participated monthly that were exposed to 208 hours annually of mentoring, and served these kids over 5,616 meals.  We are currently partnered with JIFF as our first location to host Youth Boxing and Boxing Fitness Classes.  We are also working to develop a Volleyball League and Soccer. Our 2019 goal for this program is to add financial literacy programs and expand group mentoring.


Refuge Thrift – Coming Soon!  This will be part of the RTC work/live program.  Not only will it allow Refuge Memphis Clothes Closet Clients access to purchase additional clothing items at discounted price, it will also serve as on teh job training for those who are completing the RTC program.  This program is looking to expand its services in the near future.  Please check back for more info coming soon!


Manna is our monthly food and clothing distribution program.  Last year, we distributed 108,000 pounds of food and 48,000 articles of clothing to over 11,000 people.  Manna always has community partners set up that offer free services for health care, shots, job skills training, job listings, and literacy campaigns.

At this time, these services are temporarily suspend as we work to open a new location.  Please check back for more details.  We will update the location and schedule SOON!


Shower of Blessings This program focuses on the homeless and poverty stricken families. In the past,  Refuge Memphis sends out vans to pick up the homeless, semi-homeless, and below poverty level families and brings them to our facilities to take hot showers, receive clean clothing, new under garments.

As we are currently in a transition phase, we received a donation that allowed us to purchase a travel trailer allowing us to now bring the Showers for this program to the streets!  It will also serve as a mobile heating & cooling center.   

Each guest is treated with utmost respect as we pour hope in restoring their dignity.  We have community partners who are there to offer job skills training, job posting, listing of services that they may qualify for, and offer assistance in securing housing.


Refuge Women’s Emergency Shelter This programs provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, life controlling addictions, recovery victims, and those recently released from prison.  These services are organized as emergency shelter program that is structured to allow lives to get back on track through mentoring, education, health services through city wide partnerships provide jobs and opportunity to thrive in society and make Memphis a better place!


Refuge Kids


Refuge Kids has numerous layers in its services we provide for children.  It is important to Refuge Memphis to support and form community Partnerships that are leading the actions to assist our children trapped in the foster care system who have little hope.  We proudly support Cheryle & Sam Grisham as they annually put together RFKC.  It is a camp specialized for those who are in the system that addresses the various abuses these children have been subjected. To read more about RFKC, please visit their site .  You can donate from our site by clicking the above Donate button or on our Donate Page  and select RFKC to financially support this very important camp.


Refuge Memphis is a local Community based 501( c) 3 charity whose vision is to continue to meet the need…develop the solution.  Our MISSION is "Imparting hope in time of need with Clothing, Food, Emergency Shelter, and Educational Pathways."