Eastside Refuge

Refuge strives to be a safe place where our pain and our struggles are met by Christ’s love and grace. We find support, trust and accountability working through a transformational process with others experiencing similar life struggles.

Spring small groups are now closed. New groups begin in the fall.

Questions? Contact eastsiderefuge@idcpdx.com.

All groups are subject to availability of participants and facilitators.
Our prospective groups are:

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.


The Grief 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, so 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. Together, we’ll walk through the core needs of mourning, lean into self-care, and share the uniqueness of each person’s story.

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.