About Us

Asylee Women Enterprise, also known as "AWE", journeys with asylum seekers and other forced migrants as they navigate the immigration legal process, begin to heal from past trauma and rebuild their lives. AWE is the only program of its kind that offers wraparound services under one roof.  Emergency and transitional housing is provided through a network of hosts and other partners including Catholic women's religious, churches and the Asylum Seekers Housing Network. Asylum seekers gather Monday through Thursday at our day program that offers English as a Second Language, job readiness, computer classes, parenting skills classes and wellness activities. AWE's unique model focuses on the importance of companionship and community where asylum seekers offer mutual support to one another in a safe and supportive environment. 


The seeds of AWE began in January 2011 as a collaboration of Catholic Sisters from eight Catholic women’s religious communities in Baltimore working together to provide housing and a network of community to women seeking asylum. While we maintain close relationships with these founding communities, AWE is a secular organization open to all asylum seekers. 

Founding Communities

Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore
Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart
Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart
School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sister of Notre Dame de Namur
Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
Sisters of Bon Secours

Sisters of St. Francis, Philadelphia



Asylum Seekers Housing Network (ASHN)

Catholic Community at Relay

Church of the Good Shepherd

Healthcare for the Homeless

Intercultural Counseling Connection


Support the Girls

Tahirih Justice Center


Contact Us

General Inquiries: kkriss@asyleewomen.org

Volunteer Inquiries: info@asyleewomen.org

Housing/Program Inquiries: jwhite@asyleewomen.org

Media and Donor Inquiries: tnelms@asyleewomen.org

Phone: 443-850-0627