Help & Social Services

Immigration and Refugee Services Guide

Community Resources

  • Adult Learning Center–Boone County
    (573) 214-3803
    The Adult Learning Center provides adult education services, including free English language learner classes offered at seven different skill levels. Classes are held at the Blind Boone Center and the Columbia Career Center. These are available for everyone except those with F-1 student visas.
  • Centro Latino
    (573) 449-9442
    Centro Latino opens their doors to immigrants of any country. Some of the services they offer are English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, immigration services or referrals, health literacy, prevention of violence against women and youth after school programs.
  • City of Refuge
    (573) 289-1869
    City of Refuge’s mission is “to help refugees and immigrants become productive, successful, contributing members of our community.” They help new arrivals find jobs, learn how to drive, open bank accounts, get cell phone plans, apply for college, aquire household goods and more.
  • Language Partners Program
    (573) 882-6621
    This is a free program through the MU Women’s Center and is open to all interested individuals. LPP pairs one native English speaker with one non-native English speaker. The pairs get together once a week for a minimum of one hour to practice conversational English.
  • Literacy Action Corps
    (573) 442-4280
    This volunteer program has trained tutors who teach basic literacy skills and English as a second language one-on-one.
  • Refugee and Immigration Services
    (573) 635-7719
    Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is the contracting agency of the Missouri Department of Social Services Refugee Resettlement Program for our region. They provide refugees with initial housing, provision of clothing and furniture, household goods and food, education placement and introduction to government and community service providers. They also offer low-fee legal assistance in immigration matters before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.

Resources Available through DBRL

  • English as a Second Language Collection
    DBRL’s English as a Second Language collection offers print and audio resources to help non-native speakers learn English. It includes preparation materials for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • LearningExpress Library
    Learning Express provides test preparation materials for elementary through adult levels including United States Citizenship tests and a collection of skill building and test preparation materials in Spanish.
  • Transparent Language Online (Byki)
    Transparent Language Online has tools for non-native speakers to learn English. You must create a username and password to access learning tools.

Additional Resources

  • English Language and Conversation–Boone County
    This list compiled by the MU International Center has free and fee-based programs (some already included in this guide) for developing English language skills. Many of the programs are for international students, but some are open to the general public.
  • Family Health Center and South Providence Medical Park– MU Hospital Medical Access Videos
    University of Missouri Health Care has created videos available in 7 different languages for refugees and immigrants to provide information about the services these facilities provide.
  • The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
    ORR is a part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Their office provides social services to help refugees become self-sufficient as quickly as possible after their arrival in the United States. Much of their role is to oversee and provide guidance to State-administered programs.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
    The Citizenship Resource Center of USCIS offers educational tools, FAQs, and other pertinent information about U.S. citizenship.

Nonprofit Organizations Guide

Nonprofit Organizations


  • Catalog of Federal Grants
    The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is the source for federal grants to state and local governments, organizations and individuals, plus information on how to apply and how to write a grant proposal.
  • Foundation Center
    Private philanthropy funding source, with guides to proposal writing, budgeting basics or grants for individuals in arts, writers, students, etc. (The Foundation Directory Online Search section of the site can be used at DBRL libraries; ask staff for assistance.)
  • The Grantsmanship Center
    Free access to funding sources in each state plus information on upcoming training programs for grant seekers. Register for free access to daily grant announcements from the Federal Register. Workshops and publications are fee-based.

Shelters & Emergency Services Guide

Boone County – Food

Boone County – Shelter

  • Columbia/Boone County Resource and Referral Guide
  • New Life Evangelistic Center
    901 Wilkes Blvd, Columbia, MO 65201. (573) 875-0603
    Emergency shelter for men.
  • Rainbow House
    1611 Towne Drive, Columbia, MO 65203.  (573) 474-6600
    Emergency shelter for children, birth to age 18.
  • Safe Place
    (573) 474-6600
    Or text SAFE and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866
    Provides access to immediate help and support for all young people in crisis through a network of sites sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses.
    See more information and a map of area Safe Places on the Teen Blog.
  • Salvation Army Harbor House
    602 N. Ann, Columbia, MO 65201. (573) 442-1984
    Emergency shelter and transitional shelter (61 beds) for men, women and families; daily community lunch.
  • St. Francis House
    901 Rangeline St., Columbia, MO 65201. (573)-875-4913
    Temporary shelter for men ages 18+. No deadline for stay (duration varies according to need). Breakfast and dinner available.
  • True North
    Shelter: (573) 875-1370 or (800) 548-2480
    Crisis line for the deaf: (800) 380-3323
    Provides a safe place for victims of domestic and sexual violence fleeing from their abuser.
  • Turning Point
    United Methodist Church at 702 Wilkes Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201. (573) 214-4077
    Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – noon, this day facility has showers, phones, temporary storage for documents, and employment resources.
  • Voluntary Action Center
    403A Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202. (573) 874-2273
    Provides financial assistance with basic and emergency needs, including food and shelter.
  • Welcome Home, Inc.
    2120 Business Loop 70 E, Columbia, MO 65201. (573) 443-8001
    A Veteran-only emergency and transitional shelter
  • Winter Shelter – Room at the Inn
    Hours for shelter: 6 p.m. – 7 a.m. December through March.
    Overnight shelter for adults 18+. Locations vary by week. Families referred.
  • Z. Lois Bryant House
    913 Rangeline, Columbia, MO 65201. (573) 875‐7874
    Temporary shelter for women and children (duration varies according to need). Meals available.

Boone County Resources Map

Columbia, Missouri Emergency Shelter & Food in a larger map

Callaway County- Food

  • Fulton Soup Kitchen
    Provides a meal Monday – Thursday, 5-6 p.m.
    John C. Harris Community Center, 350 Sycamore Street, Fulton, MO 65251
    Contact Ann or Jim Erbschloe at (573) 642-8286
  • Holts Summit Soup Kitchen
    Meal served Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-6 p.m.
    282 South Greenway (next to the ballpark)
    Contact Mrs. Helen Manson at (573) 301-8181
  • Serve, Inc.
    4901 Co. Rd. 304, Fulton, MO. 65251. (573) 642-6388
    Meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm; 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 5:00-7:00pm
    Provides a food pantry, transportation system, financial assistance as funds allow and thrift store.
  • Shiloh United Methodist Church
    2380 State Rd. AA, Holts Summit, MO 65043. (573)896-4565
    The food pantry is currently housed at Union Hill and is open in the fellowship hall of the activities building every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:30-11:30.
  • Union Hill Baptist Church – Food Pantry
    460 S. Summit Dr., Holts Summit, MO 65043. (573)896-4374

Callaway County- Shelter

  • Our House – Callaway County
    829 Jefferson Street, Fulton, MO 65251. (573) 642-6065
    Provides homeless sheltering in Fulton utilizing two houses, one for families with children and one for adults only.

Free Clothing

  • The Wardrobe
    Volunteer run thrift store and consignment shop. On Tuesdays from 11 a.m.- 4p.m. those with a referral from a social service agency or church may receive free clothing, shoes and household goods.
    715 Park Ave., Columbia, MO. 65201. (573) 442-3260
  • New Life Evangelistic Center
    NLEC’s Columbia Free Store & Shelter provides clean clothes, hygiene items, laundry facilities and non-perishable food
    901 Wilkes Blvd., Columbia, MO. 65201. (573) 875-0603

General & Referral

  • Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA)
    800 North Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65202. (573) 443-8706
    Part of a national network of Community Action agencies dedicated to eradicating the causes and conditions of poverty.
    The CMCA Area Resource Guide is a comprehensive guide of resources available to lower income individuals and families in need.
  • Love INC
    1516 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, Missouri 65202. (573) 256-7662
    Love INC’s goal is to provide a single point of access to assistance from Columbia’s churches.
  • Mid-Missouri Crisis Line
    (573) 445-5035 or (888) 761-4357
  • Voluntary Action Center
    403A Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202. (573) 874-2273
    Provides financial assistance with basic and emergency needs, including food and shelter.
  • United Way
    2-1-1 or (800) 427-4626
    Assistance for everything from rental assistance to counseling.

Health Services

  • Family Health Center
    Provides access to primary medical, dental and mental health services to community members, with emphasis on the medically underserved.
    There are three locations:
    Family Health Center, 1001 W. Worley St., Columbia, MO 65203. (573) 214-2314 or (877) 677-4342,
    Family Health Broadway Bluffs, 2475 Broadway Bluffs, Suite 200, Columbia, MO 65201. (573) 777-9282.
    Family Dental Center, 1101 N. Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203. (573) 777-8997.
  • MedZou Clinic
    A faculty-sponsored medical clinic. Free primary health care, education and prevention to uninsured residents of Central Missouri.
    Thursdays 5 – 9 p.m.
    105 E. Ash, Columbia, MO. 65203. (573) 356-2499
  • For a list of mental health and substance abuse resources see our Mental Health Guide.

Volunteering Guide

Local Opportunities

Check the “Get Involved” section in the Tuesday edition of The Columbia Daily Tribune.


  • AmeriCorps
    Join thousands of Americans serving to meet critical needs in communities throughout the nation. Health coverage and training provided.
  • Dream Factory
    Help fulfill the dream of a seriously ill child.
    Project of Action Without Borders. Search the database for volunteer listings worldwide.
  • Network for Good
    Search by zip code for volunteer opportunities in your area.
    Provides information on government programs and opportunities to serve in the USA.
  • Public Service and Volunteerism
    Listing of government agencies/organizations for individuals willing to volunteer their time.
    America’s Natural and Cultural Resources Volunteer Portal. Search by state and agency.


    Database for volunteer listings worldwide.
  • Peace Corps
    Volunteers serve in countries from Asia to Central America, and from Europe to Africa. Minimum age is 18; training provided.
  • Volunteer Abroad
    Search over 27,000 opportunities abroad.