Our community is located at 437 Main St., Kentville, Nova Scotia. Residents of The Refuge can gain support through partner agencies and also the Portal Youth Centre. We hope that this first community prototype will birth many more like itself.

437 Main St. Kentville, NS




Because we want to make sure that everyone who joins The Refuge is a good fit, this process can take some time. We need to take extra time to make sure The Refuge is right for you and you are right for The Refuge. If we do not have space or sufficient resources available, you will be put on a waiting list, which can take months.


Step 1 – Apply - Complete application and receive Community Handbook

  • Review of community handbook and discussion of values to give a more in-depth picture of life at the Refuge.

Step 2 – Information Meeting – This will be an initial visit with one of the staff to see if living in the Refuge will be a fit.

Step 3 – Intake Interview - Meet with Staff for in depth medical and personality evaluation.

  • Discussion about goals, anticipated length of stay, and personal needs
  • Discussion about the Refuge schedule, expectations, and financial commitment.
  • Sign agreement to live by the guidelines, release of information and confidentiality agreement.

Step 4 – Visit with people who live and work in community at The Refuge.

Step 5 – Decision – Staff and residents evaluate application

  • There is normally 1-2 weeks between community discussion and decision.

The process will take a minimum of 2-3 weeks.  Visits with the community should be arranged through an application team member.  When you’re an applicant, this might seem like a challenging process.  When you’re a community member, it’s comforting to know that you will have a chance to get to know your potential housemates.  You’ll be able to speak up and be heard if you have thoughts or concerns.  The Refuge’s core values guide the application process.

In evaluating whether it is a good fit, the potential resident will consider the following circumstances:

  1. Current living situation and current life circumstances
  2. Ability of The Refuge Community to support the individual
  3. Length of stay
  4. Willingness to live by The Refuge “Community Guidelines”
  5. Commitment to personal growth and developing personal goals
  6. Willingness to serve in practical ways (eg. Cleaning toilets)
  7. Willingness to build a new structure (schedule) for healthy change
  8. Medical/physical condition
  9. Personal hygiene- ability to look after oneself
  10. Financial situation- is there financial means to contribute
  11. Being connected to a team to deal with one’s barriers