What Is The Refuge?

The Refuge is a non-residential trauma-informed home that builds long lasting relationships with high-risk youth from grades 3-12 who are impacted by crime, restoring them to God, their family, and their community. 

We provide

  • Peer Support Groups

  • One-to one mentoring

  • TreeHouse Partner Network

  • Family Mediation and Restoration

  • Activities, Trips, and Retreats

  • Community Partnerships and Resources

Why Does Rochester Need The Refuge?

Crime impacts individuals and families. It creates division, pain, and chaos. The youth in Rochester affected by this cycle have an urgent need for healing.

We are here to help. The Refuge is a safe, Christ-centered place to be vulnerable, restored, and transformed. 

The Goals:

  • A reduction of high-risk behaviors

  • Authentic relationships with God, self, and others

  • Positive lasting life change and transformation

  • Future goals for education and/or career path

What is  TreeHouse?

As a the Rochester chapter of TreeHouse (, The Refuge is able to utilize TreeHouses' evidence-based programming that is designed to meet the social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs of at-risk teens. 

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What Can You Do?

Volunteer. Opportunities range from one-time projects to long-term service commitments.

Pray. Prayer saturates what we do. Please keep our families, youth, volunteers, and staff in your prayers.

Donate. Visit our "Donate" tab to find out how you can financially support our mission. 

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410 13th Ave. SE Rochester, MN 55904

Annie Kieffer - The Refuge/Treehouse Site Director



Next Chapter's staff and volunteers visit the Juvenile Detention Center multiple times weekly to lead small group Bible studies and engage in one-on-one mentoring opportunities. It is our goal to bring a message of Hope into a seemingly hopeless situation; to answer questions, listen to the teenagers' life journeys, and to build relationships that will continue after they are released. Our desire is to be able to continue nurturing the seeds that were planted while in JDC by welcoming youth into our TreeHouse Teen Ministry after release.