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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

VOLUNTEER EVENTS

June 18th

Volunteers needed for World Refugee Day!

RSVP to help Friday, June 18th, 4:30-9pm here. Help us during our actual event! We need food servers, face painters, and greeters to manage traffic flow. We also need help tidying up after the event is finished at 8pm.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. 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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A full Wednesday morning English class this week! It was so exciting to have everyone back in person 😀 Thank you, Jeanne & WILL- Woods Institute of Language & Literacy! ... See MoreSee Less
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**Staffing Update**Welcome to the team, Skyler! Join us in welcoming her as our new Financial Educator!Skyler Beeson has joined our team as a Financial Literacy & Employment Education Program VISTA. Her aim is to help provide finance and employment learning opportunities. She is very excited to build connections within the community and serve in this new role! ... 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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