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Who We Are

 

RDJ REFUGEE SHELTER

The RDJ Refugee Shelter is currently the only shelter in New York City specifically for homeless asylum seekers and refugees.

We provide holistic care, support and advocacy for asylum seekers who are experiencing housing insecurity and resources they need to thrive in their new home.

FOOD PANTRY PROGRAM 

St Marys Food Programs offer a Monday Client Choice-Food Pantry, a Friday Hot Meal-Movie Night and Saturday Outreach-Mobile Soup. We serve predominantly un-and-under employed heads of households and their immediate families. Each month we distribute groceries to feed about 800 needy people and provide served approximately about 100 hot and nutritious meals

 

In 2017-2018 Annual Year RDJ REFUGEE SHELTER, HAVE provided assistance to:

 As of January 2018, we have hosted 39 individuals from 31 different countries. In 2018, we are on track to welcome 32 guests for the calendar year, ensuring that each person gets a full range of case management support and is able to transition to self-sufficiency after staying at our shelter. The RDJ Refugee Shelter is able to measure our success by the number of guests that we receive and transition to self-sufficiency each year. We helped them navigate the complex system of seeking asylum here in the U.S. by providing a safe place to live and simple amenities while also connecting them with necessary legal services. Through our supportive community we helped our guests capture and embrace renewed hope as they disclosed the painful struggles of their fragile and vulnerable lives. We were tireless, patient, and determined to help our guests start their new lives.

As of January 2018, we have hosted 39 individuals from 31 different countries. In 2018, we are on track to welcome 32 guests for the calendar year, ensuring that each person gets a full range of case management support and is able to transition to self-sufficiency after staying at our shelter. The RDJ Refugee Shelter is able to measure our success by the number of guests that we receive and transition to self-sufficiency each year. We helped them navigate the complex system of seeking asylum here in the U.S. by providing a safe place to live and simple amenities while also connecting them with necessary legal services. Through our supportive community we helped our guests capture and embrace renewed hope as they disclosed the painful struggles of their fragile and vulnerable lives. We were tireless, patient, and determined to help our guests start their new lives.

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RDJ REFUGEE SHELTER

 

 

Edafe Okporo Is the Executive Director of RDJ Refugee Shelter, an advocate for human rights of LGBTQ, immigrants, and minorities. He is the author of BED 26: A Memoir of an African Man's Asylum in United States. He also serves as a Board Member of First Friends of New Jersey and New York.  

FOOD PANTRY DIRECTOR

AMAEYA BIRADAVOLU is the Director of the Food Pantry Program, she is a proven leader in non profit and for profit sector, development strategist and women rights leader. 

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CO-DIRECTOR  FOOD PANTRY DIRECTOR

ATTICUS ZAVALETTA is a Pastoral Associate and trained hospital chaplain dedicated to uplifting those on the margins, seeking to create healing and wellness in collaboration with people. He sees his role as one of journeying with people toward greater health, deeper meaning, and increased vitality for individuals and communities. Gender pronouns: he/they

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RECTOR 

The Rev. Mary L. Foulke, Ed.D.

Mary Foulke is a priest, educator and justice advocate. She has been the Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem, NY, for the past 4 years. Since 1989, she has served local congregations in New York City and Pasadena, CA, and in academic settings as professor, chaplain, and teacher. In every role, Rev. Mary brings a passion for questions of justice and challenging oppression in communities whether a pre-school chapel, a college or seminary campus, or parishes on the Upper East Side or Harlem.

She is married to the Rev. Dr. Renée Hill, and they have two young adult children