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


April 20th

Charity Sale Volunteers Needed

City of Refuge has partnered with Just Between Friends. Whatever is not sold is often donated to City of Refuge. This helps our refugee mothers and infants greatly! Please help us set up and tear down the event at Columbia...Read More



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

Our National Volunteer Week Campaign starts SO SOON!During the week of April 19-23, we will be celebrating all of the amazing volunteers we have at City of Refuge. Each day we will spotlight a different type of volunteer and talk about all of the great things they do.Please mark your calendars and give to our campaign to support the work our volunteers do! Without your support our volunteers couldn't do everything they do to help refugee families. THANK YOU! ... 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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