Mission Statement

The Refuge Network is a multi-community organization whose primary purpose is to provide supportive services for people who are currently involved or have been involved in an abusive relationship.  The Refuge Network believes that no one deserves to be abused and therefore seeks to bring an end to domestic violence.

Our History

The Refuge Network was founded in 1986 and continues to believe that no one deserves to be abused. Throughout our history we have remained responsive to the needs of people who find themselves in need of protection and safety from domestic violence.

In 2009 The Refuge Network opened the Black Dog Hill Shelter.  This shelter has served over 600 women and children as they sought safety. The Black Dog Hill shelter's capacity can accomodate up to 15 women and children.  This project was made possible by the support of the United Way, the Mardag Foundation, WCA-Pillsbury and the Otto Bremer Foundation.  In order to continue this essential safety net for women and children, we still need your help and support.

In 2013, we began offering services for victims of sexual assault Chisago and Isanti Counties.

In April 2014, The Refuge Network joined forces with Family Pathways.  The Refuge Network, as a program of Family Pathways, will continue to be a vital resource for individuals experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault.  Services will continue to include: crisis intervention, information and referral, advocacy, court assistance, hospital and law enforcement response, support groups, community education, mediation and paralegal services, men’s special programming and emergency shelter. These services cover Isanti, Chisago, and Kanabec counties.  All Refuge Network services will remain at their current sites