From Scratch: What I learned While Hunting, Fishing, and Harvesting Meals Around the World.


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Elizabeth Ames accepting the Luis Merlo Social Justice Award being awarded to the NNJSC by The MLK Birthday Observance Committee for promoting Dr. King’s dream of equality for all.

visiting NYBG Train Show with former NNJSC client (who asked not to be shown).





Congratulations to our former client, Jackson Thomas Kodyan, on his recent marriage!  We wish you many happy years together.



Photos From Our Annual Dinners

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NNJSC founder and former president speaking against Trump policy of separating parents from their children after entering the US to seek asylum.

Joe Chuman speaking at “Keeping Families Together” rally at USR on 6/23/18







More Congratulations!

Our former client, Mouhammad Ahmed, who is in the U.S. with his wife and 4 children, 2 of whom are American citizens, recently gained US citizenship for himself.

July 2017 Congratulations!

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.


Celebrating 1 Year Anniversary Of Host-Client Relationship, May 2017 (Client Now Functioning Independently of NNJSC)

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!


NNJ Sanctuary Board January 2017

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ CONGRATULATIONS to Jean-Gratien (Member at Large) and wife Nalliely on the birth of daughter XOCHITL. 1     0_002

Congratulations, YD, Upon Obtaining Asylum on January 10, 2017!

Founder of NNJSC Comments on NYT Article

The New York Times To the Editor: You are to be…

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Mention of NNJSC made in Dec. 24 article excerpted here:

With calling and purpose, faith groups help refugees Hannan Adely and Patricia Alex , NorthJersey 11:22 a.m. EST December 24, 2016 ….. 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.” …….

January, 2016

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… Read more

Northern New Jersey Sanctuary Coalition  –  P.O. Box 5017, Caldwell, NJ 07006