Community Sponsorship

Refugee Services

We are the local resettlement agency welcoming and serving refugees from countries across the globe as they rebuild their lives in mid-Missouri.

What We Do:

  • Adult Education
  • Case Management
  • Community Sponsorships
  • Employment Services
  • Housing and Donations
  • Refugee Health and Wellness
  • Youth and Family Services

Special projects

Key Contacts:

Community Sponsorship

Lacy Stroessner

Volunteer Coordinator
Chelle Smith-Vandergriff

Director of Communications
Ashley Wiskirchen

Why Community Sponsorships?

Catholic Charities partners with community groups throughout Mid-Missouri to help refugee families restart their lives in towns throughout the region. Community Sponsors play an integral role in helping refugees become self-sufficient and get off to a strong start in their new home community.  Sponsorship is a collaboration between Catholic Charities, your community group, and a refugee family.

Resettlement Process

In a community sponsorship, Catholic Charities delegates most resettlement tasks to your group. Sponsors secure affordable housing, collect furniture and other household items, and help refugees access public benefits (Medicaid, SNAP/food stamps, and TANIF/cash assistance for eligible families). Sponsors also enroll children in school, facilitate job searches, and perform other necessary tasks. Catholic Charities looks forward to partnering with your community group in the tremendous mission of refugee resettlement!

Churches, synagogues, mosques, and non-faith-based community groups have already answered the call to help refugees resettle throughout central Missouri. Are you ready to join them?

Becoming A Sponsor

  1. Contact Lacy Stroessner, Refugee Services Community Sponsorship Coordinator: or 573-635-7719 to discuss Sponsorship opportunities
  2. Complete the Sponsorship Application Form
  3. Review the Community Sponsorship Training Handbook

Sponsorship Resources

Is your group already a Sponsorship partner with Catholic Charities?  Below are resources to aid you in your work with the refugee community.

Community Sponsorship Resources:

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri

1015 Edmonds Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: (573) 635-7719

Family Immigration Services
1130 E. Elm
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: (573) 632-0017

916 Bernadette Drive
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: (573) 442-7568

421 West 3rd Street
Sedalia, Missouri 65301
Phone: (573) 658-0624

Diocese of Jefferson City
Chancery Offices
2207 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: (573) 635-9127