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How to support refugee resettlement in Missouri

Add Your Name to Stand with the International Institute

Add your name to the International Institute of St. Louis letter of refugee support, click here. To add your name to the International Institute of Southwest Missouri, click here. Every signature demonstrates that Missourians welcome refugees.

Letter Writing Campaign

Organize a gathering at a library, community center or place of worship. Write letters to the governor to let him know that his constituents support the resettlement of refugees in Missouri.  Click here to view a sample letter.

Host a Welcoming Event

Community dinners, potlucks, and similar events bring community members together. Invite all members of the community. Partner with your local refugee resettlement agency to engage refugee communities directly.


Reach out to your local refugee resettlement agency to see how you might support their work in welcoming refugees, directly with newcomers or linking them with the wider community.

Submit a Prayer Request at Your House of Worship

Join more than 500 religious leaders and faith-based organizations from across the country and faith traditions in voicing support for refugees. Ensure that the health and safety of refugee families is included in prayer requests of your local house of worship. Click here for an example.

Submit an Op-Ed or Newsletter Article

Let the community know why continuing refugee resettlement is right for Missouri. Writing a short statement to be included in church bulletins or an organization’s newsletter also helps to educate the community. Tips for writing Op-Eds can be found using the link.

Support Refugee Businesses

In communities across our state, refugees are opening businesses and investing in their communities. Collaborate with local refugee resettlement agencies to identify refugee businesses to support with your dollars. Organize a holiday shopping experience for members of your community. Refugee-owned businesses in St. Louis.

In addition to the activities above, it is important share your support for refugees with people inside and outside of your personal networks. Share materials, information and strategies with individuals and organizations across your community. Connect with others in your organization or faith community both locally and around the region to broaden participation and extend your impact.


Local Refugee Resettlement Agencies

Local refugee resettlement agencies are a key resource, not only for refugees, but for all community members. Please reach out to your local resettlement agency, through email or their websites, to get more information and register your efforts to support refugee resettlement in Missouri.


Southwest Missouri

International Institute – Southwest Missouri Branch
334 East Commercial Street #212
Springfield, MO 65803
Phone: 417-720-1552


Western Missouri

Jewish Vocational Services
4600 The Paseo
Kansas City, MO  64110
Phone: 816-471-2808


Della Lamb Community Services
500 Woodland Ave
Kansas City, MO  64106
Phone:  816-842-8040


Northern and Central Missouri

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri
916 Bernadette Dr.
Columbia, MO  65203
Phone: 573-442-7568


Eastern Missouri

International Institute of St. Louis
3401 Arsenal
St. Louis, MO  63118
Phone: 314-773-9090

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