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Boone County Family Resources
1209 East Walnut, Columbia, MO 65201
(573)874-1995   (573)443-2864

Hours: 8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday
Services: Supported living residential programs, life skills training, early intervention services, family and community living support services, and case management/service coordination.
Eligibility: Boone County residents with a developmental disability: mental or physical impairment (excludes mental illness) ; occurred before age 22; results in major difficulties with either: walking ,talking, self care, self-direction-learning, living independently; or getting and keeping a job; is lifelong or of extended duration; requires individualized and coordinated services and assistance
Fees: Sliding scale

Central Missouri Community Action, Boone County Family Resource Office
800 N. Providence Road, Columbia, MO 65203
(573)443-1100  Fax: (573)443-1117
Hours: 8 - 5, M - 5

Services: Community outreach social services intake, referral and follow-up; emergency utility assistance for low-income families; weatherization services (utility assistance and weatherization both subject to availability of funds and program guidelines); Family Resource Program of in-home case
management including parenting skills, budgeting nutrition, employment counseling, housing
assessment, and life skills; parenting workshops; 
Eligibility: Based on income and varies by program, call for information
Fees: None for income eligible recipients

City of Columbia Division of Human Services
1005 W. Worley St., Columbia, MO 65205
573-874-7488   TTY 573-874-7356   Fax: 573-874-7756

Provides a variety of direct social services including: utility assistance, emergency dental pain relief, medication assistance, and pre-natal care management.

DeafLEAD (The L.E.A.D. Institute)
2502 W. Ash, Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: Voice/TTY (573)445-5005
Mid-Mo Crisis Line: (573)445-5035 or 1-888-761-4357
MO Deafline: (573)445-5059 or 1-800-380-3323  Fax: (573)445-5088

Hours: 9:00-5:00 Monday-Friday, Crisis Line 24 hours
Services: Provide education, advocacy, crisis intervention, counseling, and other direct services for deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, and late-deafened individuals and families; Deafline Missouri Crisis Hotline; Crisis Video Phone, sign language classes for all ages; deaf culture training to agencies; Teen Institute (camp for deaf and hard of hearing youth) teaches alcohol and drug abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness, and other issues facing youth; free counseling for hearing and deaf individuals and their families who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, incest and child abuse,
Fee: Sign language classes – call for current fee
Eligibility: Services provided as needed

Love Inc Of Columbia 
1516 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 256-7662  Furniture donation line: 573-447-0020

Hours: Administrative Office: 8:30-4:30 (M-F); Client request telephone line open on Mondays 8:30am - 12:30pm; The Love Seat Resale Store: 10:00-5:00 (M-F), 9:00-4:00 (Sat) 
Services: An intake interview is offered for the purpose of assessment and goal setting. Subsequently information and referral may be provided and/or enrollment in one of our programs. Programs include: Side by Side - individual coaching in the areas of life purpose, basic budgeting, job search, housing search, and credit score building. Extra Mile - 16 week, high accountability money management coaching with rewards/incentives. Extra Mile Homes – Four to six month transitional housing with money management and person coaching. The Love Seat – Free basic needs furniture for those in crisis or transition with church/agency verified need; resale store for those desiring to purchase low-cost items. Bike 2 to the Future – Free bicycle, helmet and lock for adults needing transportation to work or school 
Fee: None 
Eligibility: City of Columbia residents 
Intake Procedures: Agencies or church staff may email a referral to or or leave a message on line 2. Clients may leave a message on line 1 on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Staff is not available for walk-in appointments. 
Required Documentation for Services: Permission for verification following intake interview as needed 
Geographic Area Served: City of Columbia 
Foreign Languages Spoken: Spanish

Lutheran Family and Children’s Services
307 Locust St., Columbia, MO 65201
(573)815-9955 or 866-326-LFCS (5327)    Fax: (573)449-4640
Hours: 8:30-4:30

Services: Counseling for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, offers parenting skills or placing child in an adoptive home; advocate for birth mother’s role in her decision; some funding available for medical costs; adoptive services include domestic and international adoptions, as well as home studies and post-placement supervision: Resources Parents provides group support, mentors and individualized case management support for youth who are pregnant or parenting.
Nurturing Network - LFCS offers help and support to Boone county parents through the Nurturing Network which is nationally recognized program with Evidence-Based strategies and curricula. This program teaches the importance of self-care skills and parenting education, so parents can be at their best for their children. 
Maternal Mental Health - LFCS offers individual, couples and family therapy services for Boone county mothers with depression (during pregnancy, post-partum or while parenting) and their children. This improves the parent-child relationship. Medication management assistance is available as needed. 
Fee: Fee for adoptions and home studies, no fee for pregnancy counseling
Eligibility: None for pregnancy counseling clients, call for criteria if wanting to adopt

MU Family Impact Center
105 E. Ash, Ste. 200, Columbia, MO 65203

Hours: 9 - 5, M - F. Exercise: Stay Strong Stay Healthy Program designed to teach older adult safe structured and effective strength training.  Nutrition:  Eating From the Garden provides research based information through nutrition and gardening activities, Kids in the Kitchen encourages young people to eat healthier meals and snacks as a result of hands on cooking experiences. Live It! activity based program that motivates and teaches teens to make nutrient-rich food choices. Eating Smart, Being Active nutritional curriculum for adults. Health:  MU Social Services clinic provides integrative behavioral mental health care for persons who are uninsured or those waiting for their coverage to begin. MedZou provides primary care for the uninsured, or those waiting for their coverage to begin. Financial Literacy:  Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) provides free tax assistance to low income, disabled, homebound, and English as a second language tax payers, Financial counseling.  Relationships:  Building Strong Families helps families find their strengths, build on those strengths and increase communication. Housing: Healthy Homes teaches how pollutants get into your home and how it effects your health, as well as inexpensive solutions and steps toward reducing you and your family's risk to exposure of pollutants. 

Missouri State Children's Division
212 Portland St., Columbia, MO 65201

Services: Foster home placement, adoption services, family centered services, abuse and neglect hotline investigations

Missouri State Family Support Division
601 Bus. Loop 70 West #272, Columbia MO 65203
or  1209 E. Walnut, Columbia MO 65201
Phone: (855-373-4636)  Automated line: (800) 392-1261
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F)

Services: TANF, Temporary Assistance for children deprived of the support of one or both parents, blind pension, food stamps, child care support, Missouri HealthNet 
Fee: Free
Eligibility: Services available based on income

Missouri State Division of Child Support Enforcement
205 Jefferson St., Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 751-4224

The Child Support program responsibilities include locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing child and medical support orders, monitoring and enforcing compliance with child and medical support orders, reviewing and initiating modification of support orders and distributing support collections.

Missouri State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
900 W. Nifong, Ste. 210, Columbia, MO 65203
(573)882-9910    Fax: (573)884-5250
Hours: 8:00-4:30 (M-F)

Services: Vocational rehabilitation services, guidance, evaluation, job training and placement, assistance with accommodations, other services as needed for a positive employment outcome
Fee: Free
Eligibility: Physical or mental impediment/disability which makes it difficult to obtain

Salvation Army
1108 W. Ash, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 442-3229   Fax: (573) 449-6185

Hours: 9:00a.m.-4:30p.m. (M-F)
Services: Food pantry; clothing vouchers; disaster assistance; Christmas assistance; casework services and referrals for transients and resident: youth activities for ages 6-18
Fee: None for most services, program service fee of 10% is asked for Harbor House residents
Eligibility: Must have need

Services for Independent Living
1401 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 874-1646  TDD 573-874-4121   Fax: (573) 874-3564
Hours: 8:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (M-F)

Services: Independent living services and skills development; Missouri Arts Program; information, referral, and advocacy; peer support; transportation; speaker’s bureau; recreation opportunities; volunteer opportunities; personal care attendant referral; head injury services; men’s and women’s support group; P.A.V.E. (People Advocating for the Voice of Equality);
Missouri Agr. ability project
Fee: Most services are free, may be some fees for transportation
Eligibility: Person with a disability
Geographic Area Served: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cooper, Howard, Montgomery, Randolph 
Foreign Languages Spoken: Spanish, Italian, French, German and Chinese

True North of Columbia
P.O. Box 1367, Columbia, MO 65205
Office: (573) 875-0503  Shelter: (573) 875-1369   Hotline: (573) 875-1370
Fax: (573) 875-0518 
Open 24 hours daily

True North serves those who are fleeing or would like to flee abusive domestic or sexual violence situations. Victims of domestic violence include those who are being abused either, physically, verbally, emotionally and/or psychologically by an intimate partner. Sexual violence victims include those who have been a victim of rape, sexual assault/harassment, human trafficking or stalking. We have a 24/7 hotline that you can call and an emergency shelter. We also provide orders of protection, case management, crisis intervention, counseling, support groups, domestic violence/sexual assault education, court and hospital advocacy, children’s services and outreach to any victim regardless of whether they are residing in our shelter or not.
Fee: All services of FREE and confidential for victims and their minor children
Eligibility: Must be experiencing domestic or sexual violence and wanting a safe way out of or a safer way to stay in the relationship.

Voluntary Action Center
403A Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 874-2273   Fax: (573) 874-9172

Hours: Phone: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (M - F) ; Office: 9:00 am -noon and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (M - F)
  • Family Assistance and Emergency Services: medication, gasoline, work clothing,CATS tickets, IDs and birth certificates, Youth Enrichment Fund scholarships, food, hygiene items, diapers, car repair, etc; 
  • Seasonal programs: Christmas adopt-a-family, Lunch in the park, Summer fans, Homes for Computers, Warm-Up Columbia, school supplies, Christmas in July; community information and referral; Volunteer information, promotion, recruitment, training, fairs and recognition; 
  • Community Services Directory: Helping Hand Catalog of volunteer opportunities
Fee: Services and Helping Hand Catalog free of charge, fee for Community Services Directory
Eligibility: No restriction for volunteer program, Family Assistance and Emergency Services determined on an individual case basis.