Our History Makes Us Strong

In 1995, House of Refuge acquired 88 homes and a Chapel to provide transitional housing and a support program to eligible families. We accepted our first resident into our program in 1996 – and we have been changing lives ever since.

House of Refuge provides safe, stable housing to families who are experiencing homelessness.  Located in Southeast Mesa, our professional staff work with families on regaining dignity, finding employment, and ultimately obtain permanent housing.

2003 – Remodeled one unit into our Community Center, which offers after school activities to children

2005 – Expanded Donation Center

2007 – Built full basketball court (Thanks to funding and sponsorship provided by Phoenix Suns, Air Force Research Laboratory)

2008 – Built Laundromat (Thanks to funding and sponsorship provided by Keller Williams, Habitat for Humanity and hundreds of additional volunteers)

2009 – Established Resource Center – Job readiness center with computer lab (Thanks to funding and sponsorship provided by Valley of the Sun United Way, Maricopa Workforce)

Throughout the Years

1995 – Williams Air Force Base closed, and House of Refuge and Community Housing Partnership under Title V, Part 583, Supportive Housing Program, were conveyed 88 homes and the former Chapel by the Department of Health and Human Services

1996 – House of Refuge accepted first family into our program

2000 – Built Tot Lot Play Area and remodeled one unit into our Donation Center (Thanks to funding and sponsorship provided by Home Depot).

2001 – Built large playground (Thanks to funding and sponsorship provided by KaBOOM, NASCAR, and Home Depot). Added large protective shades for KaBOOM. (Thanks to funding and sponsorship provided by American Dermatology Association)

Since 1996, House of Refuge has been providing services and changing lives in Mesa, Arizona. We are proud to be a part of this community, and we are proud of how far we have come.

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2010 – 2013 – Energy efficiency program for our units, Including; (1) Replaced roofs and installed heat pumps, (2) Replaced aging water heaters, refrigerators, and gas ranges with Energy Star products, (3) Tinted windows, increased insulation in attics to R-45, and replaced light bulbs with CFLs, and (4) Installed solar panels on 20 homes (Thanks to funding and sponsorship provided by Applied Materials, City of Mesa, Ferguson Plumbing, Gila River Indian Community, Mission Community Church, Redemption Gateway Church, and SRP).

2013 – Remodeled 1 unit and established Early Head Start program (Thanks to sponsorship and funding provided by Head Start/Early Head Start)

2016 – Launched the “Adopt a Home” Program

2018 – Opened the Employment and Education Center to help residents further their education in order to obtain higher paying jobs to ensure their successful journey to self-sustainability.

We've Come a Long Way

We are proud of our history and we are proud of the changes that we continue to make to better our facility and our program.

Come see the changes for yourself during one of our tours.