City of Refuge Enterprise

The City of Refuge Enterprise is a faith-based 501(C) 3 that uses a biblically based model to achieve its goal of personal development and rehabilitation for at-risk youth living within the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).

Vision: Restore hope and a sense of responsibility to at -risk youth who are in danger of incarceration. C.O.R.E. will transform the lives of at-risk youth and equip them with the skills and mentality to rise above difficult situations and become the next generation of world leaders. 

Motto: “Healing from the CORE”

Mission: The City Of Refuge Enterprise (C.O.R.E.) is a Reformation Center that will serve as a safe space for at-risk youth, and a viable alternative to incarceration for juvenile offenders. The mission of C.O.R.E. is to transform disenfranchised, underserved, and at- risk youth into productive citizens who will serve their communities and generation in integrity and courage. Recognizing the need for programs and initiatives to support prison reform measures (preventative, rehabilitative, and reintegration), C.O.R.E. will provide: mentorship, life-skills training, job-readiness training, meals, and temporary housing as a means of addressing the whole individual. 

Our Team


 Dexter Peggins Jr.

Executive Director

Dexter Peggins Jr. is a an Army veteran, former hospital chaplain, and spiritual advisor. He presently serves on the advisory boards of the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Georgia Prison Re – Entry Initiative.  He is an Associate Pastor at Covenant Family Church and the CEO and Founder of Kingdom Solutions Consulting. Dexter has garnered 15+ years of mentoring experience.


 Cortez Hankerson

Associate Director

Cortez Hankerson is the Associate Director of CORE and has over 6 years of mentoring experience. He is the founder of Knowledge Base Mentoring Inc. and has been a Youth Minister for over 3 years.


 James Gaines

Director of Mentor Engagement & Recruitment

James Gaines is a retiree from the U.S. Army and has over 20 years of mentoring experience. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Juvenile Justice and has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling. James is also a Licensed Christian Counselor through the National Christian Counselors Association. 


Knowledge B.A.S.E. Mentoring

  Knowledge B.A.S.E. Mentoring is our "core" program aimed at positively impacting the lives of young people. Through community-based education, life-skills development, and employment readiness programs. Our aim is to serve the whole person (mind, body, and spirit) and help our youth overcome potential barriers of success.

B.A.S.E. is an acronym for Believe Achieve Succeed Elevate.

Our areas of focus:

Community - Working in our local community and indirectly with the Department of Juvenile Justice, we seek after at-risk children who have been victims of crimes and children who have committed crimes. 

Juvenile Detention Centers - We provide mentorship and life skills training to incarcerated juveniles looking to turn their lives around.

Our goals:

- Help children on probation with enrollment into GED programs or institutes of higher learning

- Help children get enrolled back into school

- Provide classes on financial literacy and financial empowerment (budgeting, investing,           establishing credit, etc.)

- Provide Job Readiness Training (Resume Writing & Job Interview Classes)

- Provide Grooming & Etiquette Classes


Operation Transformation

Operation Transformation is a 8-week life skills training and personal development program for incarcerated young adults and juveniles.  

 Due to the intensive nature of the course, attendees are selected by the re-entry coordinator based upon their willingness to participate in the transformation process. Participants  will learn the significance of personal identity, goal setting and creating a success plan, and learn how to identify barriers to success.