About Us

Who We Are

How It All Began:

For four (4) years, God gave Pastor Vennie Talley Hooks a vision and a burden. She was never very¬†clear what the vision was but she knew in her heart, from the trials and preparation she’s been going through, she knew it was the labor He gave her so that she would be equipped for the birth of a ministry.

On January 1, 2003, God finally revealed the full vision to her. This vision/ministry that He gave is to provide a refuge for women that unfortunately for one reason or another, served time in prison. This revelation birthed “The City of Refuge.”

Purpose Statement:
Our purpose is to give women another opportunity to be an asset to our society; bring about a positive influence to their families, friends, and communities; and live productive lives spiritually, emotionally, financially, and physically.

Vision Statement:
The City of Refuge is committed to improving the quality of life of recently released incarcerated women by providing a safe living environment; which includes education, job assistance, life skills, and Christian discipleship.

The Refuge:

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed in anyway in the purchasing or fixing up of the house “The Refuge.” Click on the photo album below to see the miracle of what God has done in the restoration of The Refuge (under construction.)


Pastor Vennie Hooks (President)

Vennie was also in and out of jail several times before receiving Christ. Out of the most darkest 7 years of my life I was arrested 5 times. So I can relate to women who feel as though they are trapped in their environment, not seeing a way out. Well that’s my heart for this ministry, to help women see that there is a way out, through Christ Jesus.

Listen to Pastor Vennie’s testimony below

      Vennie-testimony

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