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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7 days ago

City of Refuge - Columbia, Missouri

We are so excited to partner with Lucky's Market Columbia this holiday season in #BagsforChange!

If you bring your own bags when you shop you can donate a wooden dime. Lucky's will double all the dimes and give the amount to support our refugee programs as well as two other wonderful organizations: Services For Independent Living (SIL) & Columbia Public Schools Foundation!Drumroll please...your new Bags for Change Partners are:

Services For Independent Living (SIL)
City of Refuge - Columbia, Missouri
Columbia Public Schools Foundation

Make sure to bring your own bags next time you shop and you can donate your wooden dime to the local non profit of your choice. At the end of the quarter we'll double up all those wooden dimes and donate the total amount to the three different local Non Profit Organizations who are doing wonderful work in the community.
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2 weeks ago

City of Refuge - Columbia, Missouri

This month, our friends at Minuteman Press Of Columbia, MO are donating 5% of your order when you mention City of Refuge at check-out!

They have helped out our organization so much this past year and we are grateful for their support of non-profits in our city!This Month, we wanted to Give Thanks to the local charities and non-profits in Columbia. So Beginning today until November 22nd, we will donate 5% of the pre-tax total on all orders to a local charity or non-profit of the customers choice. Contact us for more information and how to order.
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Address 7 East Sexton, Columbia, MO rd Phone 573-454-1552 Email Facebook /CityofRefugeColumbia
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