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


October 12th

Scrapbooking Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to help with a scrapbooking group every Monday at 4pm.  Starting October 12th- onwards.  If you would like to help with this fun and therapeutic activity please contact leah@cityofrefugecolumbia.org or 573-738-8499. Thanks!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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As we face colder weather, families are looking for warm gloves. If you have any extra, please consider giving them to someone in need! We're looking for adult and child sizes, new or like new.

You can also donate the cost of a pair here: rb.gy/btxlly
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Check out this incredible, custom artwork we received from Jenny McGee Art Studio!!

This is now the first thing our refugee families see when they walk through the door. Thank you so much for the beautiful artwork, Jenny!
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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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