Shelters & Emergency Services Guide

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 – Food

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Callaway County

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Serve, Inc.
    4901 Co. Rd. 304, Fulton, MO. 65251. (573) 642-6388
    Provides a food pantry, transportation system, financial assistance as funds allow and thrift store.

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.