It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you!
Congratulations to The Refuge (Jim and Marietta Hartley): refugekc.com
Here’s what Mike has to say about this fearless organization:
“Since the Columbine shootings, the Hartleys have been inspired to reach out to young people and encourage them to seek their destiny and become Champions of life.
They run a non profit youth event center in Overland Park, KS called The Refuge. Their name Hartley corresponds to their huge hearts and caring attitude towards young people and their futures.”
A little more info:
The refuge is not just a place, it is a state of mind. We believe all the best things in life : friends, music , concerts, video games, movies, fun, food and parties should help you achieve and celebrate your dreams instead of rob you of them.
Champions of Life Inc. provides safe, fun places, all ages events and youth activities through arts and music that are free from the risks and influence of drugs, alcohol and violence and self destructive attitude and behaviors.
Our mission is to help young people stay healthy and whole by choosing to be a “Champion of Life” over taking drugs or alcohol, smoking and other destructive choices.”