CCCNMO Columbia location temporarily CLOSED due to water damage

January 5, 2022 UPDATE:

City of Refuge partners with Catholic Charities
to provide temporary administrative “hub” amidst office closure

COLUMBIA, MO. After sustaining water damage that caused the temporary closure of its Columbia location at 1240 E. Brown School Road, Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri has found a temporary hub for operations with the help of City of Refuge.

The temporary office space, located next to City of Refuge at 2 E. Walnut Street in Columbia, will serve as an administrative home-base for the Catholic Charities Refugee Services program, beginning Monday, January 9.

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Watch our Facebook Live video above (or access it on Facebook by clicking here). Director of Refugee Services, Ken Palermo, joined Sr. Director of Communications, Ashley Wiskirchen, and Sr. Director of Development, Tori Stepanek, to share how Catholic Charities will continue services amidst the temporary closure of our Columbia offices at 1240 E. Brown School Road due to severe water damage sustained over the holiday break.

DECEMBER 26, 2022

We at Catholic Charities have been following the national headlines of frigid temperatures and have seen the devastating effects of this cold snap on people across the nation. Unfortunately, our Columbia office was not immune to this weather, as the below-freezing temperatures over the holiday break caused severe water damage at our 1240 E. Brown School Road location.

Because our office in Columbia is not currently safe to access – with assessment and repairs predicted to take several weeks – we are temporarily closing that location. We will share updates as we move through the restoration process.

We know this is a challenge and a significant setback for our Columbia staff, who work very hard to provide high-quality care for our clients. We face it together as an agency, with confidence in our ability to work as a team. We are grateful for our employees’ safety and the ability to continue our services remotely to the greatest degree possible.

Please follow us on social media or visit our website at for updates. We intend to share progress and communicate progress as timely as possible. If you have questions or concerns related to this closure or need to connect with a member of our staff, please call us at 573-635-7719 or email Ashley Wiskirchen at, who can direct inquiries as needed.