Project Details
Start Date:
October 1993
Douglas Calvano
Harry and Margaret Dietrich, Rebekah Uribe
What we do:
  • 6 ChildCry feeding programs
  • Homeless shelter for men
  • Discipleship programs for men & women
  • Manual work projects for men & women
  • Retail bakery & rotisserie chicken
  • Poultry project
  • 4000 kilo/month cardboard recycling project
  • Local dental/orthodontics assistance
  • Homeschooling for children
  • Church Services, Sunday School & Counseling
  • Local & International missions trips
Current Plans:
  • Phase 1: Purchase Property (Completed September 2013)
  • Phase 2: Raise $444,000 for Micro-enterprise projects, Medical Clinic & Mission Housing
  • Phase 3: Raise $364,000 for Homeschool, Office & Transition home expansion
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Colombia – Ciudad Refugio

At the corner of 48 & 65 streets in Medellin, Colombia stands a six-story facility that serves as the headquarters for Ciudad Refugio (City of Refuge)—a growing inner-city ministry founded in 1993. Moved by the despair and homelessness in Medellin, Douglas Calvano, a Times Square Church missionary, started taking “agua panela” (sugar water) and bread to those on the streets. Eventually the street outreach grew into what is now a multi-faceted project including a rehabilitation and discipleship program for men and women, a ChildCry feeding program, a shelter for homeless men, and a vibrant inner-city church.

Today, some of the more recent developments of Ciudad Refugio include skills training and micro-enterprise opportunities which help to sustain the ministry and train those in the rehabilitation programs. These initiatives include a taxi service, a local mini market, a chicken farm, and a bakery. God has also expanded their vision to reach other regions of Colombia, beginning with a church plant in the rural community of Planeta Rica as well as an open invitation from the government to minister on the small Caribbean island of Providencia.


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