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Boone County Family Resources
1209 East Walnut, Columbia, MO 65201
(573)874-1995   (573)443-2864
agency@bcfr.org

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
humanservices@gocolumbiamo.com
https://www.como.gov/health/human-services/

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
slogan@midamerica.net

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
office@columbialoveinc.org
furniturereferral@columbialoveinc.org
http://www.columbialoveinc.org/

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 clientreferral@columbialoveinc.org or furniturereferral@columbialoveinc.org 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 (Pregnant or Parenting Youth)
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.
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
573-882-2428
www.mufamilyimpact.org

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 and 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: Family Support Division: Temporary Assistance for children deprived of the support of one or both parents, blind pension, food stamps, child care support, children’s services, Missouri HealthNet, Children’s Division: foster home placement, adoption services, abuse and neglect hotline investigations
Fee: Free
Eligibility: Children’s services without restriction, other services available based on income



Missouri State Division of Child Support Enforcement
205 Jefferson St., Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 751-4224
https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm

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)
https://dese.mo.gov/adult-learning-rehabilitation-services/vocational-rehabilitation/columbia-vr

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
employment



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 (now includes Boone County Council on Aging)
1401 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 874-1646    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)
Fee: Most services are free, may be some fees for transportation
Eligibility: Person with a disability, Seniors 55 years and older living in Boone County, some programs are income-based
Fees: free, donations accepted



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

Services: Emergency and transitional shelter; 24 hour crisis hotline; crisis intervention; counseling; support groups; domestic violence/sexual assault education; personal, court and hospital advocacy; case management; children services to domestic violence or sexual assault victims
Fee: Free of charge to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence and their minor children
Eligibility: Shelter: priority to women in immediate danger, Counseling: first-come/first-served
basis



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)
Services: 
  • 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.


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