The following is an excerpt from originally published on January 30, 2017.

“Three refugee families just days away from coming to Central Jersey are among those whose travel plans are now on hold – their future unclear in the wake of President Donald Trump’s 120-day freeze on resettlement, according to one activist.

Two of the three families are single mothers and their children who escaped the brutal civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale. His church is involved with Interfaith-RISE, which recently became certified to help refugees once they arrive.

While Trump’s executive order temporarily bans people to enter the U.S.  from seven countries with predominately Muslim populations, the administration’s 120-day hold on visas affects refugees from all countries.”


Interfaith-RISE is a program of the Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing corporation, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that provides affordable housing, supportive services, and connection to meaningful community to low-income individuals and families in central New Jersey. All RCHP-AHC projects are non-discriminatory and are open to the public. Learn more at

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Highland Park Office:
19 S. 2nd Ave
Highland Park, NJ 08904

I-RISE South Office:

2384 E. Landis Ave
Vineland, NJ 08361