What We Do

City of Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to help refugees and immigrants recover and regain control of their lives. We provide Basic Need Programs, Counseling Services, and Professional Development Opportunities for those in our community. Our goal is to equip those arriving in our community with the materials they need, as well as deeper friendships they can count on as they navigate a new life in the United States. Learn More


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Swipe through the journey

It usually takes 3-5 year for a
refugee to enter the United States.

Providing Material Goods and Simple Skills

Most refugees fly for the first time and step foot into a new city they're expected to call home without a basic knowledge of where to go to get access to the things they need. City of Refuge provides Basic Need Services, such as access to clothing, food, household items and navigating complex refugee paperwork to provide a space for refugees to rest and recover from their journey.

Supporting Trauma Survivors

Most, if not all, refugees experience trauma to some degree because of civil unrest, war, persecution or displacement. City of Refuge offers free PTSD/Trauma Counseling Services from Licensed Counselors to the refugee women, men, and children who have been placed in our community. This service is vital to helping those who were heavily impacted by trauma to recover and move forward.

Building Skills that Last

Many refugees come from vastly different backgrounds and the skills they have may not translate to the work available in Mid-Missouri. Developing professional skills is a vital step in helping the refugees become productive and successful members of our community. City of Refuge offers career exploration services, job coaching, English classes, Driver's Education courses, tutoring, and many more to help them regain control of their lives.

Contact Us

**Refugee Owned Business Spotlight**Shwe Market International Food Market is owned by Cing Cing, a refugee from Burma who arrived in Columbia in 2009. This store offers staples for Columbia's asian population and others who enjoy the cuisine. They are thriving but could always use more business!Shwe Market is at 800 Vandiver Dr. It is open from 9 AM-7 PM Monday-Saturday and 11 AM-7 PM on Sundays! ... See MoreSee Less
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Need a good excuse to eat some pizza?! 🍕Join us THIS SUNDAY at Shakespeare's Pizza to raise money for City of Refuge! Show them a copy of this flyer on your phone and 15% of those sales will be donated to us ☺️Comment below if we'll see you there! ⬇️ ... See MoreSee Less
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Address 7 East Sexton, Columbia, MO rd Phone 573-454-1552 Email garrett@cityofrefugecolumbia.org Facebook /CityofRefugeColumbia
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