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
The RDJ Refugee Shelter works to fill the dearth of housing support for asylum seekers in New York City by providing 8 guests at a time with at least 6-months of stable housing and supportive services while they get their feet on the ground. We accomplish this through the following activities: Advocacy, Referrals, One-on-one support, Employment training and Co-Op: Currently, shelter guests are working at the Thrift Store and volunteering at the Food Pantry program.
RESULT DRIVEN APPROACH
2016 - 2019 80+ guest served.
98% got pro-bono legal representation.
95% Transition into their first home.
Dir. of RDJ Refugee shelter/ Development
Edafe Okporo Is the Executive Director of RDJ Refugee Shelter, an advocate for the rights of LGBTQ people, immigrants, and minorities. He is the author of BED 26: A Memoir of an African Man's Asylum in United States.
Dir. Food Pantry/ Case Manager Shelter
AMEYA BIRADAVOLU is the Director of the Food Pantry Program and case manager for the shelter. She is a proven leader in the non profit sector, she his a development strategist and women rights leader.
RECTOR / HR
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.