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.
  • 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.