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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

VOLUNTEER EVENTS

August 15th

Volunteers Needed for Golf Tournament

Please help us with our annual charity golf tournament at Columbia Country Club!  There are 3 possible shifts.   Please RSVP by clicking on your desired shift.   Monday, August 15th, 8am-9am: set-up Monday, August 15th, 9am-12:30pm: lunch and raffle ticket...Read More

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THE REFUGEE’S JOURNEY

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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. We have found that real friendship with our new neighbors allows for much healing to take place. In addition to this, we seek to create space and opportunity for refugees to gather together - to celebrate their own cultures, speak in their native languages, and be understood in the context they have come from. City of Refuge also provides counseling in a variety of ways, including referrals to PTSD/Trauma Counseling Services in our community from Licensed Counselors as needed. All of these services are 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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Address 7 East Sexton | Columbia, MO rd Phone 573-454-1552 Email info@cityofrefugecolumbia.org Facebook /CityofRefugeColumbia
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