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.

Pastor Dave Davis
dave.davis@nassauchurch.org

  • Biblical justification
  • Congregational impact
  • NPC refugee resettlement tradition
  • Partnerships
  • Princeton Theological Seminary relationship
  • Sanctuary

Tom Charles
twc48@msn.com

  • 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
susancjennings@gmail.com

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

Ann Youmans
annyoumans6@gmail.com

  • Dental
  • Disability mobility and vocational training
  • Medical
  • Vocational evaluation

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, February, 2017. 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.  Also streaming via YouTube above.