What is City of Refuge?

City of Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to help refugees recover and regain control of their lives. We help refugees become productive, successful, and contributing members of our community.

Why is City of Refuge important?

Mid-Missouri is home to more than 8,000 refugees and immigrants. Each year, an average of 200 new refugees are placed in Columbia, MO. Many of them do not speak English, arrive with only a few pieces of clothing and very little money. We serve them by helping with immediate needs, building relationships over time and helping them acclimate to the Mid-Missouri area.

The Need

Over the past few years, thousands of women, children, and men from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East have fled conflict and disaster, seeking a place to survive and recover in our community.

As persecution increases and people become more divided, there is an urgency for our city to join together and stand for those in need. Today we have an opportunity to comfort those searching for relief and to help them overcome the trauma and displacement they have experienced.

Mission Statement

We walk alongside refugees by providing Basic Need Services, Counseling, and Professional Development in order to help them recover and regain control of their lives.


We value trust, friendship, community and stability for those who need it most.

Join Our Family

If you feel lead to support the refugee and immigrant families that have come to our community, there are many ways you can be a part of the work we are doing. We are always in need of volunteers, as well as material and financial donations. There are also occasional job openings and internship opportunities available.

If you have any questions about our organization or how to get involved, feel free to contact us today.