VOCATIONAL TRAINING

Essentially, our mission is to walk with individuals on their journey toward purposeful, sustained employment. We offer a holistic, person-focused approach to vocational training that includes, not only skills training, but also an individual support plan, job placement assistance, and mentorship throughout programming and beyond graduation. We currently provide a variety of job skills training opportunities in the fields of automotive, culinary arts, customer service, and bookkeeping. Look out for our Tech Academy and other skills training programs as they develop in the future.
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City of Refuge has a 20-year history of partnering with individuals and families of Atlanta living in crisis. Our commitment to “light, hope, and transformation” includes housing for women and children, youth programming, health and wellness services, vocational training, and programming for victims of sex trafficking. Most recently City of Refuge has launched the Workforce Innovation Hub where we provide individualized and holistic assessment, training, and support that remove the unique set of challenges and barriers keeping people from successful or desired employment.

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WHAT WE DO
OUR OFFERINGS

MEETING SPACE

The Workforce Innovation Hub provides an all-inclusive meeting experience at our state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Atlanta’s west side. In addition to offering the ideal setting for collaboration and creativity, your team will be inspired by the good work of community transformation accomplished every day at City of Refuge.

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COMMUNITY EPICENTER

Our vibrant open-concept community workspace offers presentation technology and seating, co-working desks, computer stations, coffee bar, and meeting and reception areas. In this heart of the Workforce Innovation Hub, partners and members of the community are welcome to collaborate on innovative solutions in transformation.

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vocational training program and how to apply!

CAFE 1600

Café 1600 offers our guests and staff an option to purchase cafe-style cuisine, coffee and other beverages while providing culinary and customer service students an opportunity to practice their skills in an authentic work environment.

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vocational training program and how to apply!

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Our Social Entrepreneurship services helps members of the community and others committed to building social enterprise in support of the community. We guide entrepreneurs in articulating the problem and solution, evaluating its viability, planning for execution, and preparing to approach investors. In addition, our facility offers shared operating incubator workspace.

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CATERING & EVENTS

Guests are offered chef-prepared cuisine in one of our on-campus event spaces which include our lively Workforce Innovation Hub, our tasteful restaurant-style space, the Bistro, and the Sanctuary. Soon we will offer off-site catering as well. Our newly constructed Catering Kitchen provides an additional opportunity for culinary students to practice their skills under the direction of an experienced chef.

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VEHICLE REPAIR & MAINTENANCE

Our NAPA Auto Center provides vehicle repair and maintenance services to guests and members of the community. While our auto technician students are not yet certified to work on customer vehicles, they are granted the opportunity to observe our certified technicians at work in a fully functioning auto shop setting.

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PUBLIC CLASSES & EVENTS

Soon we will be offering classes, speaking events, and more — open to the public! Look out for these opportunities as they are scheduled.

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COMMUNITY SERVICES & EMPLOYMENT

In addition to existing vocational skills training offered, the Workforce Innovation Hub will provide education and on-the-job training in skills such as new construction and renovation (carpentry and masonry, electrical, plumbing, hvac), security systems install and monitoring, landscape installation, and hospitality services. The ultimate goal is for local participants to join in revitalizing our community by becoming employed or establishing a business in the community. City of Refuge will help start-ups by renting equipment and materials for a small fee, providing low-interest loans, and offering below-market-rent office space.

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OUR PEOPLE
STAFF
Jeannie Ross
Jeannie Ross
Manager of Job Placement
Dom Preyer
Dom Preyer
Manager of Admissions and Mentoring