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We have serious challenges across the United States with homelessness, substance dependence, and mental health. The City Refuge Organization continues to create opportunities by providing safe affordable sober living homes to help in their transition to independence.


THE CITY REFUGE ORGANIZATION is a transitional housing program for ex-offenders, those in recovery from addiction, homeless,

and open to anyone in need of shelter. Our purpose is to assist individuals in the transition of becoming independent by

providing them with resources through our community partners. Our residents will receive the tools necessary to overcome

and have a better quality of life. We help one person change at a time.


Coming soon!

Coming soon!

"The smallest light in this world has the power to transcend through the deepest darkness of the universe. "

- Jeanie Borrero



Addiction recovery

Jail diversion




Aging out of



foster care

Vocational Rehabilitation is a program

The purpose of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation's (VR) Independent Living Program is to promote a philosophy of independent living, including a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy.

  • Information and referral

  • Independent living skills training

  • Individual and systems advocacy

  • Peer counseling to persons with significant disabilities.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

  • Medical and Psychological Assessment

  • Vocational Evaluation and Planning

  • Career Counseling and Guidance

  • Training and Education After High School

  • Job-Site Assessment and Accommodations

  • Job Placement

  • Job Coaching

  • On-the-Job Training

  • Supported Employment

  • Assistive Technology and Devices

  • Time-Limited Medical and/or Psychological Treatment

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“With one kind gesture, you can change a life. One person at a time you can change the world. One day at a time we can change everything.”

                                                                                        ― Steve Maraboli

Managing Director

Chris Ortiz

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