About Us

Asylee Women Enterprise, also known as "AWE", journeys with asylum seekers as they navigate the immigration legal process, begin to heal from past trauma and rebuild their lives. AWE is 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., Catholic sisters, and other partners. Asylum seekers gather Monday through Friday at our day program that offers English as a Second Language, job readiness, 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 eachother 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. It 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


Healthcare for the Homeless

Intercultural Counseling Connection


Support the Girls

Tahirih Justice Center

Contact Us

General Inquiries Email: kkriss@asyleewomen.org

Volunteer Inquiries Email: info@asyleewomen.org

Housing/Program Inquiries Email: jwhite@asyleewomen.org

Media Inquiries Email: tnelms@asyleewomen.org

Phone: 443-850-0627