House of Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located on 20 acres in Southeast Mesa, Arizona. House of Refuge provides transitional housing in a neighborhood setting for homeless families.

Our community includes 88 2-bedroom homes that we rent to families experiencing homelessness. By providing a home and comprehensive, wrap-around supportive services, we help these families overcome homelessness, become self-sufficient and move to sustainable housing.

In order to be eligible to live at House of Refuge, an individual must be deemed homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or fleeing domestic violence and have at least one minor child living with him/her or be in her third trimester of pregnancy. Eligible families must sign a lease and agree to pay $400 a month, including all utilities.

When we welcome an eligible family to House of Refuge, we provide a home, home furnishings, clothing, food boxes, individualized case management services and employment and education support. All residents have access to services and facilities in our community including the Community Center for after school programming, the Employment & Education Center, the Community Garden and the Donation Center.

We believe through our innovative programming that values employment and education, our families can stabilize their lives and transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Our Mission

House of Refuge provides transitional housing in a neighborhood setting for homeless families.  Honoring the faith-based traditions of our founders, we treat people with dignity and respect through programs that bring hope and self-sufficiency.

Our Symbol

Although its roots and beginnings are underwater in the mud, the stem grows up through the water. Eventually a beautiful flower will reside pristinely above the water basking in the sunlight, it is only the lotus that will regularly rise eight to twelve inches above the surface due to the strength of its stem.

Our Vision

Every family deserves a home.


House of Refuge’s story begins over 25 years ago. When Williams Air Force Base was decommissioned in 1993, the Department of Health and Human Services invited members of the community to submit proposals to redevelop the site. House of Refuge presented a proposal to help families experiencing homelessness by providing transitional housing and support programs on the former air force base. In 1995, we acquired 88 homes 2-bedroom homes, a chapel and annexed office building from the Department of Human Services. We accepted our first family into our program in 1996 – and we have been changing lives ever since.


We invite you to see our community, learn our story and join our mission to change the trajectory of a family’s life forever


The House of Refuge team works together every day to make a difference in our community. We are grateful for the continual efforts put forth by our staff and our Board of Directors. Our team of experienced, dedicated, and passionate staff are here to assist every participant in the successful transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.



All funds are provided through grants, foundations, churches, business, corporations, service organizations and individuals. To keep our program vibrant and operating, financial and volunteer assistance is always appreciated.