The mission of City of Refuge is to CULTIVATE a COMMUNITY that TRANSFORMS and EMPOWERS broken lives through the TRUTH of
GOD'S LOVE seen in acts of JUSTICE, MERCY and HUMILITY.
We are constantly at work to reach our mission but the most visible, current ministries we have in place to resource and connect with young people, adults and families include:
House of Acts
The House of Acts (HOA) currently serves as the epicenter of community hospitality for City of Refuge Sacramento. Whether we are hosting a baby shower for a sex trafficking survivor, birthday party for a homeless …
Here at City of Refuge we believe that the answer to sexual exploitation in our city is as simple as turning a street light on… We believe God’s love is a light that illuminates fear …
The Front Porch
We desire to bring the church outside the four walls and plant it on the doorsteps of our neighbors. By mobilizing Street Teams, the Front Porch ministry’s sole purpose is to plant the church on …
Urban Encounters introduce groups (12 yrs.-adults) to one of the poorest neighborhoods in Sacramento, California. Typical hands-on experiences include interacting with neighbors through service projects and incarnational ministry opportunities.
The group will begin their stay with …
Urban Leadership Opportunities
If leadership is the very foundation on which every good organization/community is built, then without Godly leaders our ghettos are condemned to continue in the same fate as their pasts. We desire to train the next …
Our Future Ministry Ventures
COR Fine Arts Academy
This ministry typifies Isaiah 61, “…give you beauty for ashes, and joy instead of mourning.” In the heart of a neighborhood riddled with crime, poverty, and despair, the Fine Arts Academy will cultivate a new story in the lives of young people. By exposing them to the Arts (dance, painting, music, photography, video, graffiti, recording, etc.), we will help bring out the gifts the Creator has put in all of us and cultivate a community of artists that will show off God’s Creativity.
Sports Clubs & Camps
Sports Club takes at-risk students from Oak Park through a 12-week season each spring, concentrating on the development of confidence, character, responsibility and faith. Coaches are trained and encouraged to build mentoring relationships with players that create a platform to share life skills. Through recreational activities, small group discussions and mentoring by the Sports Club staff, students are challenged to grow academically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.
Oak Park Gathering
This isn’t reinventing the Church – it’s simply reintroducing the Church to a community that has been so disengaged from the core of who Jesus was and is today. It’s real community, discipleship, prayer, and biblical teaching. This gathering will be a community-cultivating, celebratory time for staff and volunteers who work together to accomplish the mission of City of Refuge, as well as an entry point for our neighbors to connect with a local community of believers.
Loren Ditmore served as a youth pastor and worship leader since 1992. In 2006, he intentionally moved to Oak Park to serve a community in desperate need of Hope. As a youth, Loren found himself enticed by the lure of the streets… and the freedom he found in his relationship with Christ has been the motivating factor in his relationship and ministry with families who live on the margins. He currently serves as Executive Director of City of Refuge Sacramento, and is passionately committed to seeing his community transformed from the Inside-Out.
In 1998, Rachelle (Piper) Ditmore felt the call of God to move from Los Angeles to Sacramento where she first began her journey with serving the urban poor in our city. Deeply rooted in neighborhoods, running after school programs, serving as a chaplain with juvenile probation… years later, she along with her family still serves as an Urban Missionary, working in some of the darkest places of our city. No matter what she is doing… throwing a baby shower for a teen mother, or welcoming one of the newest girls into Rahab’s House; Rachelle exudes a love for people that embodies the Love of God for the ones she serves.
While attending California State University, Chico, Erin Lund developed a deep passion for child advocacy and desire to better understand resilience in at-risk populations. After earning a BA in Child Development, she spent a summer in Kolkata, India serving children of commercial sex workers in a local slum. Upon returning to America, she obeyed the Lord’s call and planted herself in Oak Park alongside Rachelle and Loren Ditmore. As the current Children’s Ministry Director, Erin seeks to blend her faith and formal knowledge in such a way that youth are empowered and offered appropriate support as they work against the injustices in their community.