About Us

The City of Refuge Dalton was established in 1995 as a grass roots outreach program to meet the physical, mental and spiritual needs of the homeless, low income, poverty level and indigent families of Whitfield and Murray counties in Northwest Georgia.

The City of Refuge mission is the commitment to affecting real change in the lives of those left living in the margins of society by addressing the needs of the disadvantaged regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender or disability and to help integrate them back into society to lead healthy functional lives. We are committed to deploying men, women and resources into environments where difficulty resides, bringing hope to those who live there. The promise of a better life, along with the tools to build that life is the passion of City of Refuge.

The City of Refuge provides a caring and unassuming ministry where those living in the margins feel welcomed in times of crisis.

The City of Refuge approach to its long term vision of transitioning the disadvantaged back into society is to provide critical services necessary to give individuals and families the foundation to regain their dignity and desire to be successful individuals.

Since its inception, the City of Refuge has continued to grow in the services offered and the number of people served. We partner with local organizations to provide a community wide supported ministry through both financial and volunteer support.


Executive Leadership

Chief Executive DirectorPamela Cuddpamelacudd@cityofrefugedalton.org706-226-1301
Assistant DirectorRick Harrisrickharris@cityofrefugedalton.org573-587-1920
Anti-Trafficking DirectorPamela Cuddpamelacudd@cityofrefugedalton.org706-226-1301
Director of EducationMalisa Cawoodmalisa.cawood@gmail.com706-618-7306
Food Bank Co-DirectorPhil Johnsonphilglo@optilink.us706-508-5083
Food Bank Co-DirectorJean Wisej1wise@optilink.us706-226-0408
AccountantKeith Cochran, CPAkeithcpa@catt.com706-937-7400

Administrative Staff

Administrative AssistantJennifer Harrisjenniferharris@cityofrefugedalton.org573-587-1855
Events CoordinatorAllison Burdashawallie3np@aol.com706-847-5739
Benevolence and OutreachConnie Simmerly706-260-5885
Director of Mental HealthAndrew Cuddacudd000@gmail.com706-313-9040
Therapeutic and Mental Health CounselorsJosh Zellow & Leigha Stinnett423-310-8206
Director of TransportationMichael Mitchell706-671-9146
Facilities and Maintenance CoordinatorBenjamin Pittman706-502-4963
Clerical AssistantDonna Payne706-278-2649