This refuge was different to others, the reference had to come from an employer. Those who attended this refuge, even if many were turned away, all needed references to show that they had gainful employment. These references were checked. This is something that Thompson could only supply twice. The first time was in 1886, when he worked for a short time in Haymarket for a shoemaker, but then the shoemaker arranged lodgings for him. The only other time was when his editor paid him for his articles, but that was not till around June of 1888 and the Refuge opened in November.