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 …
“For her home was built into the walls of the great city…It was a place destruction could not conquer, and safety was found. She believed, she held on, she prayed. Because of her faith, life …
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.
After being introduced to urban missions during two InterVarsity Christian Fellowship missions trips, Marissa Nash realized God had placed a passion for people in her heart, especially for those often overlooked. After graduating from Chico State with a degree in Legal Studies, she moved to Oak Park to live and serve in the community. She currently calls the House of Acts home, mobilizing and leading Front Porch Ministry teams. She also serves with The Justice Clinic, a nonprofit that partners with City of Refuge to offer free legal aid and mediation to those who can’t afford these services. Marissa hopes to attend law school in the near future and use her J.D. to seek justice and further the Kingdom of God in this area.
After growing up as what some would call a “street kid,” God completely grabbed ahold of Jessica’s life! Although there have been times when she has questioned her purpose, she is confident God is using her placement in Oak Park to deepen her understanding of redemption and better prepare her to minster to those with similar backgrounds as her own, especially the children. Jessica resides at the House of Acts and currently serves as the Ballet Coordinator and Media Facilitator. She desires to bring hope to the young children and love them just as Christ loved her, with patience and grace.