Who we are

City of Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to help and serve refugees and immigrants in Mid-Missouri. Our vision is to help refugees and immigrants become productive, successful, contributing members of our community.

Mid-Missouri has more than 8,000 refugees and immigrants. Each year an average of 200 new refugees come to Columbia, MO. Many of them do not speak English and arrive with only a few pieces of clothing and little money.

The Need

In 2018 alone, an unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them, nearly 25.4 million are refugees, well over half of whom are under the age of 18.

Over the past few years, thousands of women, children, and men from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa have fled conflict and disaster, seeking a place to survive and recover in our community.

As persecution increases and people become more divided, there is an urgency for our city to join together and stand for those in need, now more than ever. Today we have an opportunity to comfort those searching for relief and to help them overcome the disaster that has shattered their lives and livelihoods.



City of Refuge is able to help refugees in our community because of partnerships with individuals, families, and businesses in Columbia. We need volunteers in a variety of ways

To volunteer, please contact our Program Coordinator, Leah Glenn at leah@cityofrefugecolumbia.org

To donate household items, contact our Donation Coordinator, Kellye Dubinski at kellye@cityofrefugecolumbia.org

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