The Sanctuary Committee is pleased to announce that Adama, one of its clients of long-standing, is moving to the New Brunswick area to begin a new job at the Robert Wood Johnson hospital.
Adama, who comes from Sierra Leone, entered our program almost four years ago. At 18, she was the youngest person to be in the Sanctuary, having just finished high school in Mississippi as an exchange student.
Through the generosity of a benefactor she was able to begin a nursing program at Bergen Community College and will be completing her LPN degree at a program in Newark. She also received training as a home health aide, and has worked in that field. Having lived with several host families in the Sanctuary program, Adama moved to Essex County about a year ago and lived on her own in both Irvington and Newark. The Sanctuary Committee continued to help subsidize her rent and assist her in many other ways.
Special recognition and praise go to Ms. Eva Sandroff, Adama’s case manager, whose devotion went far beyond what duty required in supporting Adama very diligently over the past four years.
The Committee celebrated Adama’s formally leaving our program with a luncheon held at a restaurant in Millburn, NJ in late November. We wish her the very best.
Shortly before Adama’s leaving, the Sanctuary program welcomed in a new client, Ms. Mohammed, who comes from Darfur. Ms. Mohammed is a political asylee, having received asylum status after arriving in the US in 2011. Ms. Mohammed is a women’s health activist and has a degree from a university in the Sudan. She is currently living with a host in Bergen County while she pursues her search for employment.
Ms. Mohammed has already visited several constituent congregations in the Sanctuary movement. She very much wishes to discuss the situation in Darfur before public audiences and to pursue a masters degree in human rights.