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Meet Jarrod Windham of El Shaddai’s Refuge in Laurens County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jarrod Windham.

El Shaddai’s Refuge, Inc was founded in 2015 by Jarrod, a grateful recovering addict himself. The ministry was formed as a 501(c)3 non-profit ministry that provides men, who find themselves in need and at a state of brokenness often having suffered from Drug and/or Alcohol addiction, the security to encounter El Shaddai, the One who alone can fill any need they have, turning brokenness into wholeness. El Shaddai is Hebrew for God Almighty.

Residents may have completed a rehabilitation program and are simply unable to return home since that is where the problem began. This ministry works in connection with rehabilitation facilities to offer a ¾ environment solution and alternative for those who are ready to live life on life’s terms but still seek a structured and safe environment.

Has it been a smooth road?
Relatively speaking it has been an exciting journey. I entered this ministry project thinking that hurdles would not be a problem since I was seeking to God’s work. However, I have been reminded that trials and tribulations of all kinds build perseverance.

Forming the non-profit entity with the Georgia Secretary of State, filing for tax exempt status with the IRS and establishing ourselves with nearby food banks were all daunting tasks, but they are in our past today. With the formation of the ministry in the rear view mirror today we struggle more with getting our presence known in the recovery community and with funding for our program and projects. Currently we have a 3,000 square foot dormitory and meeting hall which is partially completed and we are in need of funds to complete this building which will allow us to serve approximately 16 additional residents. That is largely the greatest struggle we face today.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the El Shaddai’s Refuge. Incorporated story. Tell us more about the business.
El Shaddai’s Refuge is an alternative program… not a recovery center in the traditional sense… medical, psychiatric and professional counseling services are not automatically available to residents. The less residents put into the program the less they will get out of it! The atmosphere of recovery starts in each individual’s heart.

We are a structured clean living ministry with a vocational campus with a men’s recovery program.

Insurance companies will not pay for our services.

El Shaddai’s Refuge is not a state-funded facility. We operate and cover expenses solely with our various funding departments, resident fees, charitable contributions and donations from individuals, companies and foundations which are tax-deductible.

El Shaddai’s Refuge cannot accept anyone in need of detoxification (but we may be able to refer such a person to a qualified medical facility).

El Shaddai’s Refuge is not well equipped to accept individuals with so-called dual-diagnosis, or those with a history of violence.

El Shaddai’s Refuge does not currently offer services for adolescents. We accept men age 18 and up.

El Shaddai’s Refuge is not a ‘half-way’ house… residents are required to commit to full-time residency.

El Shaddai’s Refuge is a working facility, meaning residents physical condition should be fair to good in order to contribute through at least moderate on-site work activities on a daily basis.

Residents are expected to be self supporting; working in society and covering one’s weekly expense.

Our program is not designed for residents on disability income. Anyone wishing to participate in our method of recovery must be able to work and be involved in activities on the ministry properties.

Activities are those of the (funding department businesses and in the recovery residence by helping with sanitation, personal meal preparation, and other tasks as assigned by staff.)

We are not a recovery resort.

Individuals who are not able to perform the moderate tasks expected should seek convalescence home services.

Although El Shaddai’s Refuge subscribes to the spiritual program and principles of Narcotics Anonymous, we respect tradition 6 of NA which states no group should lend the NA name to any related facility or outside enterprise. Therefore, we do not claim to be affiliated with any specific organization.

Our recovery program is a Christian faith based program and is open to everyone who seeks to recover in an atmosphere of other faith based believers in Christ.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Our goal is to complete our current building so as to be able to serve more individuals.


  • Intake Fee $200
  • Weekly Fee $260
  • Weekly Fee with EBT benefits $210
  • No tobacco use discount $100 monthly

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