Our committee grew out of the work of The Jewish Center, which has a thirty-year history of housing and supporting refugees in Princeton. In 2015, members from The Jewish Center, Princeton United Methodist Church, and Princeton Friends Meeting established The Jewish Center's Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Committee.
In 2015 we worked with Church World Service to resettle an Ahmadi Muslim refugee family from Pakistan. Once that family moved on, our committee was asked to support a domestic violence survivor from Africa who was living in Princeton with her with two young children. We did this for three years. In 2016 we affiliated with Interfaith-RISE, a newly-formed Refugee Resettlement agency in Highland Park (part of USCRI) and in 2018 we began resettling a Christian Pakistani family in Princeton. We are also working with two families from Afghanistan who came with Special Immigrant Visas because the fathers worked with the US Military, an Eritrean refugee woman, a Salvadoran refugee family. We are also helping a Pakistani man, a Tibetan woman and a Syrian family seeking asylum in the US.
We build on a strong volunteer base, hard won competencies, and a history of success in helping refugees establish themselves in their new homes.