the refuge

The Refuge is our weekly outreach to the homeless in our area. Every Thursday from 2:00pm to 5:00 pm we open our doors and provide a meal and a personal connection for all those in need. There are many ways to get involved that are always appreciated at The Refuge. Contact our Refuge Coordinator, Katie, for more information.


Serving Areas


Cooking Food: Each week we serve two hundred or more people and we solely depend on donations for food. If you would like to help you can sign up to donate part of a meal or simply prepare something of your choosing and deliver it to church in advance or the day of The Refuge.


Serving Food: There is always a need for people to serve behind the counters. We serve food from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, and there are always dishes to do, coffee and lemonade to be made, as well as other odd jobs. Whether you can stay for an hour or four, any amount of help is greatly appreciated. 


Socializing: It is important for us that The Mission Church is a safe, friendly environment where people can build trust and new relationships. If you enjoy talking to people, hearing their stories, or just playing a game, you are a welcome fit for this team at The Refuge. We spend time with the people who come in from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, but any amount of time that fits your schedule is perfect.


Setting Up & Tearing Down: If you still feel called to help The Refuge, but worry about cooking or people skills or simply don’t have a ton of time, help setting up or tearing down is crucial. From 1:00pm to 2:00pm food and games are set out and 4:00pm to 5:00pm we clean up and get everything put back together. These responsibilities are always best when shared. Many hands make light work.

The Mission Church

314 N. Appleton St

Appleton, WI