What We Do

City of Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to help refugees and immigrants in Mid-Missouri. We provide a variety of resources and programs such as Basic Need Services, Licensed PTSD Counseling, and Professional Development for refugees 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 assimilate into their new lives in the United States. Learn More


December 18th

Buddy English & Homework Helper Training

Join us on Wednesday, December 18th, from 6:00-8:00 pm to learn more about our Buddy English and Homework Helper Programs. One of the most intimidating obstacles for a refugee acclimating to life in Columbia is the language barrier. Being able...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.

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We want to share a sweet photo of Molly, one of our English Tutors, and the family she's buddies with.

Molly is moving to St. Louis but bought Moe Moe Khine stamps and taught their family how to address an envelope so they can continue their friendship (and practice English!).

We are so encouraged and amazed by the bridges being built among our friends and hope this friendship lasts a long, long time.

Thank you, Molly!
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Will you help us spread the word and reach our year-end goal for CoMoGives?

100% of every donation goes to support our refugee programs.
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Address 7 East Sexton, Columbia, MO rd Phone 573-454-1552 Email Facebook /CityofRefugeColumbia
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