Northern NJ Sanctuary

The Northern New Jersey Sanctuary Coalition is looking for a couple or family to provide a home for a young Honduran male whose parents were separated when he was 2 years old, who had minimal education and worked in construction, and who fled gang violence after being beaten for refusing to join the gang.  He arrived in the U.S. in April, 2017, after an arduous 6 week journey by train and foot, during which he suffered food scarcity and beating by a local gang along the way..  He recently turned 18 and was released from Children’s Village, NY to the Lighthouse, an interim facility in Jersey City for young asylum applicants run by First Friends.  Since arriving here, he has had some schooling and is rapidly learning to speak, read, and write in English.  He has a pro bono lawyer helping him with his asylum case.  He has a 20 year old sister and 13 year old twin sister and brother back in Honduras.  Here, he has no relatives.  If you are interested in helping this bright and genial young man who has been dealt a very difficult hand thus far, please contact Elizabeth Ames at or Sally Pillay at