Congratulations to our former client on his recent marriage! We wish you many happy years together.
Annual Dinner Photos
Our former client, Ahmed, here with his wife and 4 children, 2 of whom are American citizens, recently gained US citizenship for himself.
Congratulations are in order for our recent client, PL, who came to our attention just a little over a year ago. His story at that time appears on this website under Asylee Stories. A volunteer host helped by housing him, and we provided small amounts of cash for personal expenses. PL quickly found volunteer and then paid jobs teaching several courses in mathematics at both Seton Hall U. and at Guttman Community College, a branch of CUNY, in Manhattan. He recently found housing on his own, so even though he is still awaiting his asylum hearings, he is completely independent of our aid and is a productive worker and wonderful addition to our society after an amazingly short period of time.
Elizabeth D. Ames, M.D.
lt. to rt.: Host, Elizabeth Ames (NNJSC president), Sally Pillay (NNJSC board member and Director of First Friends of NJ & NY, client, daughter of host (responsible for party)
lt. to rt.: host’s daughter, Elizabeth Ames, client Jackson Thomas
lt. to rt.: front row, client, host; back row, friends of client
Client treats host turning 90 to a birthday party!
CONGRATULATIONS to Jean-Gratien (Member at Large) and wife Nalliely on the birth of daughter XOCHITL.
Mouhamad and Wissam Ahmed with their newborn daughter, Julia, and Liz Stark, one of their sponsors. CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times To the Editor: You are to be…
With calling and purpose, faith groups help refugees
….. Other faith groups work with asylum seekers — those who have arrived in the United States without refugee status and who often wind up in the federal detention center in Elizabeth.
The Teaneck-based Northern New Jersey Sanctuary Coalition recently has worked with asylum seekers from South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Yemen and Ethiopia. The group includes Unitarian and Episcopal churches, the Ethical Culture Society, a mosque and a conservative Jewish group.
The group provides stipends, logistical and legal help, visits and shelter to those seeking asylum for political and religious reasons. Dr. Elizabeth Ames, the president of the group, got involved through her congregation, the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood.
Ames, a retired physician, previously housed an asylum seeker from Darfur in her home. “I’ve always wanted to help in some way,” she said. She detailed the harrowing journeys many have made — one coming from Eritrea via South America and the Mexican border. “These people have a heck of a lot of gumption,” Ames said. “This work with asylees has been so mind opening.” …….
During the 2015 year, the Bergen County Sanctuary Committee changed its name to the Northern NewJersey Sanctuary Coalition. We remain a 501(c)(3) charitable organization…
Northern New Jersey Sanctuary Coalition – 687 Larch Avenue, Teaneck, NJ 07666