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Refugee Resettlement

Refugees are welcome here

Over the past 60 years, Nassau Presbyterian Church has sponsored and welcomed 12 refugee families from such countries as Bosnia, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Cuba, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, and Vietnam.

The congregation helps families find housing and medical care; enrolls children in school and serves as their advocates; supports the adults with ESL tutoring and job searches; provides modest help with start-up expenses; and assists in getting governmental assistance benefits to which refugees are legally entitled.


Contacts

Interesting in learning more or participating? Please reach out to the appropriate contact.

Tom Charles

  • Car donation and title transfer
  • Driving instruction
  • Finance
  • Housing
  • Islamic Society of Central Jersey relationship
  • Public assistance
  • Publicity
  • Referral agency relationship
  • Scheduling
  • Social Security
  • SSI assistance
  • Translation

Sue Jennings

  • Counseling
  • Employment
  • English as a Second Language
  • Princeton University relationship
  • Recreational activities
  • School and after-school program
  • Telephone


Stories and Resources

Take a look below for stories about our efforts and resources we’ve put together for those interested in understanding more about refugee resettlement. Click through to read or download the linked documents.


A Sponsor’s Guide to the Refugee Resettlement Experience

Nassau Presbyterian Church, rev(3). December 2018. PDF.


“Becoming Local”

Associate Pastor Cynthia Jarvis, Nassau Presbyterian Church newsletter, April 28, 1994. PDF.


“Kindness of strangers eases refugees’ arrival in United States”

Tim Irwin, UNHCR, March 18, 2008. PDF.


Letter to the Editor

Pastor Dave Davis, December 4, 2015. PDF.


“Living Out the Christian Faith”

Pastor Dave Davis, January 14, 2016. PDF.


“The Hopes (Security) And Fears (Bears) Of Syrian Refugees In New Jersey”

Deborah Amos, NPR, September 17, 2016. PDF. (Also available on NPR.org)


“After Trump’s Election, Uncertainty For Syrian Refugees in the U.S.”

Deborah Amos, NPR, November 24, 2016. PDF. (Also available on NPR.org)


NEXT Conference Presentation

Tom Charles, March 17, 2017. PDF.


Refugee Resettlement Organizations Across U.S. Prepare for Historically Low Refugee Cap

The Daily Princetonian, September 27, 2017.


The Year The U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program Unraveled

Deborah Amos, NPR.org, January 1, 2018.


The U.S. Has Accepted Only 11 Syrian Refugees This Year

Deborah Amos, NPR.org, April 12, 2018.


The Trump Administration’s Hard Line on Refugees Comes Under Fire

Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, May 1, 2018.


Apartments Are Stocked, Toys Donated. Only the Refugees Missing.

Liz Robbins and Miriam Jordan, The New York Times, May 16, 2018.