Welcoming the Stranger Among Us

Our mission statement: Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Services and Empowerment (Interfaith-RISE) is an official affiliate site of the US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants. We are committed to resettling refugees in central NJ, assisting asylum seekers before and after release from Elizabeth Detention Center, and supporting local faith and civic groups as they advocate for and work with refugees in their communities. Interfaith-RISE assists with housing, ESL, social services, education, medical assistance, mental health services, transportation, and supportive community integration as families and individuals journey towards self-sufficiency and independence.

About Us

Interfaith-RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Services & Empowerment) is a multi-faith, multi-congregational, multi-racial organization committed to welcoming the stranger in central New Jersey. Learn more about our history here.

Our Services

Interfaith-RISE provides essential assistance to refugees and asylees who have experienced severe crises before arriving in our community. Learn more about our work here.

Coalition Members

Participating groups include volunteers from the Interfaith Coalition, faith and cultural communities, and non-profit community groups in the area who will provide ESL services, mental health counseling, and connections to job and volunteer opportunities.

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How you can get involved

The work of Interfaith-RISE can only be done with the help of our community! There are several ways you can be involved


To sign up to be on the volunteer email list, please click above.

Walk 2020

Join us for the sixth annual Walk For Refugees on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, 2-4 p.m.

The walk steps off from the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19-21 S. Second Ave., Highland Park, NJ, and stops at various locations before returning to the church. Stops include presentations by refugees, elected officials and community leaders on the plight of refugees, their resettlement in communities throughout central New Jersey and prospects for the future.

Off of this year’s participants will observe guidelines on physical distance and mask wearing, as well as usual pedestrian safety and public courtesy.

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Donate here to support the work and programs of Interfaith-RISE.



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