Rainbow House

Partner Type

Crisis Shelter/Counseling

Description and Mission

Rainbow House's mission is to keep children safe and to support families in crisis through prevention, assessment, and intervention in child abuse and neglect. We have two main programs: The Children's Emergency Shelter and the Regional Child Advocacy Center. The Emergency Shelter houses children that are in foster care and assists parents who need placement for their children during a family crisis. The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) serves children who have been sexually abused and/or severely physically abused.


Students will serve in the Children's Emergency Shelter. When children are in residence, the service-learning students will assist with homework, child development/enrichment programming, meal time, bed time, and other necessary tasks to create a home-like atmosphere. When children are not in residence, the service-learning students will work on projects and tasks that prepare the home for their arrival. Students will also work organizing our Donation Area. Some students will assist with events, awareness activities, and volunteer projects. In the spring event assistance is needed for our annual Masquerade Ball which is our largest fundraising event. Students will help with reaching out to donors and preparing for the event in April.

Special emphasis and skills:

Child Enrichment Activities, Food Preparation and Serving, Math Proficiency, Reading Proficiency, Data Entry, Computer Skills , Youth Emphasis

Contact Information:

1611 Towne Drive
Columbia, MO 65202
Phone: (573) 474-6600



How to Serve

I want to earn credit for service (through service-learning)

In order to earn credit while serving on this project, please contact the MU Office of Service Learning online by submitting this form or calling us at 573.882.0227.

I want to volunteer

If you want to volunteer with this agency, please contact them directly through the contact information listed above.