Refuge Center pays off new property, looks towards groundbreaking goal

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As The Refuge Center for Counseling continues its journey towards a new facility and renewed vision, the team stops to celebrate the victories along the way. This week, they celebrated fully paying off the property for the new building. 

Amy Alexander, the executive director of The Refuge Center, explained the organization put down 25% of the cost upon obtaining the new property on Long Lane in Franklin five months ago. 

“We had enough come in in pledges and gifts that, this week, we were able to pay off the remaining 75%,” she said. “So, we own the land free and clear, and now we’ve got to raise another $2 million to break ground and start building the facility.” 

The team’s goal is to raise the remaining $2 million this year. Alexander said the organization will hold private, in-home fundraisers throughout the year, as well as its annual Hope Grows fundraiser in the fall. Additionally, those planning on attending the Taste of Williamson event in the CoolSprings Galleria in March can purchase their tickets through The Refuge Center’s website to benefit the organization. 

The nonprofit is also seeking private donors who may want to invest in its cause — to offer professional counseling at an affordable rate to those in need. 

“We would love to talk to private family foundations, larger corporate foundations and individuals who would like to make an investment in emotional wellness in this county,” Alexander said. 

Once they reach the $2 million goal, they will break ground on a brand-new facility that will embrace both comfortable, indoor spaces and the therapeutic, open outdoors. The new building will include a community waiting room, a children’s waiting room, a children’s play therapy room, a back patio and more. 

For more information on The Refuge Center for Counseling, visit

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