WHO WE ARE
We are a collection of youth pastors who may have different backgrounds and denominational labels, but we share one common passion….Teenagers. We believe that together we can effectively reach and restore a lost generation.
We are, The Refuge Youth Center, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide an emotionally and physically safe environment where teenagers can come participate in events and activities that develop a desire in them to not only better themselves, but the communities around them as well. The Center offers teenagers in the surrounding community with an opportunity to engage in their youthful hobbies (skateboarding, basketball, art, music, dance, drama) and other after school activities. This allows them to be able to develop and foster their creative skills and talents without compromising their safety or their character. The long term goal of the Refuge Youth Center is to empower teenagers by providing a positive peer group and environment, which will then allow them to develop the habits that will help make a positive impact on themselves, their family, friends, and community.
We are Dan and Regan Brodeur Directors of The Refuge Youth Center. We have been in youth ministry here in Phoenix for 10 years. We have three children Marley, James, and Benjamin. We have a passion to see this generation of youth come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, His love, and plans for each and everyone of them.
I'm Stephen. I'm 21 years old and I was born and raised here in Phoenix, Arizona. I have been doing youth ministry for the past seven years. I first came to the refuge when I was fourteen years old and it could not have come at a more perfect time. I was at a point in life where I was on the verge of suicide. I was unhappy with my friends, my family, but more so, I was unhappy with myself. I began searching for acceptance from various peer groups and always came up empty. I came to the refuge and discovered who I am in Christ and who I am created to be. I found true friends and the love of a family. Since then, I have made it a goal to help teenagers discover their identities and help them realize the potential they have as a child of God. I want to help kids find the hope that they thought was lost and help them find themselves safe in the arms of Christ.