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October 22, 2020

From Addiction and Jail to Freedom at the House of Refuge

Dewayne Stephens knows all too well how addiction patterns begin. As the executive director of the House of Refuge, he has heard the stories--men who were introduced to drugs as teens by a mother's boyfriend or a stepfather, individuals with traumatic memories they wish they could forget, others struggling with extreme, toxic stress. "These men, some of them never had a chance." But when they come to the House of Refuge, things turn around for them.


The House of Refuge was established in 1995 by Pastor Alfred Johnson of the Church of the First Born. It is a Christ-centered residential ministry helping men overcome their life-controlling addictions so they can successfully re-enter society as productive citizens. They now operate three separate facilities in the greater Chattanooga area with a total capacity to serve 24 men.To learn more, click Here.

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