Central City Refuge Groups

Monday Nights


Imago Dei Sanctuary
1400 SE Ankeny St.


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Walking with Hurting People, a training for those interested in facilitating a Refuge group, begins August 19. Meet on Sunday morning 10:30-noon in Room 203, August 19 & 26 and September 9 & 16. All are welcome, no commitment required but attending all sessions is recommended..

Our next season of closed groups begins September 17. During Refuge season we also have an open class that meets every Monday. Drop in and learn practical skills of emotionally healthy relationships.

To join our contact list or if you have questions, email refuge@idcpdx.com.

All groups are subject to the availability of facilitators and participants.

Open Class

Ongoing. Learn about safe people and tools for healthy relationships. No commitment required, just drop in. All are welcome!

Walking With Hurting People

Do you desire to be transformed through your own brokenness while helping others to do the same? Refuge facilitators walk through a healing process while working to ensure safety and accountability within their group. Meets for four weeks starting August 19.

Genesis Process

Genesis Change groups are gender-specific small groups of people who desire to change because they are tired of struggling with painful chronic personal problems or self-destructive coping behaviors such as drug/alcohol abuse, sex and food. These groups utilize a biblically grounded curriculum called The Genesis Change Process, which guides the participants through their recovery process.

From the text: “The Genesis Change Process is an attempt to provide the necessary understanding, as well as the practical tools, for real and permanent change. It is a blend of biblical principles, understanding of the brain, and proven recovery strategies for not only freedom from self-destructive behaviors, but also addressing the underlying issues that drive them.”

Mending the Soul

Abuse can take on many forms: physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, spiritual… it happens in all kinds of relationships and can be overt and public, or subtle and secretive. While the details of our individual stories may be quite different, the consequences of abuse are often strikingly similar. When we experience abuse, it usually results in feelings of shame, powerlessness, isolation, and emotional detachment. Abuse colors the way we feel about ourselves and the way we relate to God and others. In Mending the Soul, we explore the nature of abuse, learn more about how it may have impacted us, and engage in a process of healing as we reconnect with God and others from a place of hope and healing. Mending the Soul is offered in separate groups for men and for women and typically lasts 12 weeks.


Whether in relationships, at work, with our kids, and even with God, boundaries help us determine what is our responsibility and what is the responsibility of others. We will learn how to set limits physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally so that all our relationships can be more healthy and balanced.

Shame and Grace

Shame & Grace is a group that offers the opportunity to process and understand the many ways that shame can infiltrate and affect our lives. Shame is different from guilt, which can be an appropriate feeling of having done something bad. Shame, however, is the corrosive feeling that there is something wrong with who we are. Together, we will learn to identify shame, explore the messages and systems that contribute to shame, share our stories to know that we are not alone, and move into the grace of resting in our beloved identity in Christ.

Supporting Mental Health

This group is for family, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. We will support each other by having space to speak openly about our challenges, grieve together, and discuss tools to help navigate the unique hurdles and disappointments of walking with those who struggle with a mental or emotional imbalance. This group is not designed for individuals who have a mental health struggle themselves but instead is intended to support those who are in relationship with them.


The Grief support group provides a place for people who have experienced a significant loss in their lives to process their grief with others who are on a similar journey. Grieving people often feel alone. As a result, receiving support in the context of a Christian community can be very valuable for the healing process.

Participants will engage in journaling, personal sharing, and group interactions. The group will help the participants to connect God’s truth to their life and specific situation, as well as to experience God’s comfort and hope. Together the participants will walk through the core themes in healing from grief presented in The Understanding Your Grief Journal by Alan Wolfelt.


From the text we will be working through, Love is a Choice, “God wants us to have healthy relationships with a balance between being dependent and independent. The doctors describe how the most effective means of overcoming codependent relationships is to establish or deepen a relationship with Christ Himself.”