Programs


Individuals interested in accessing services should first attend an orientation. We are unable to serve walk-ins.

2019 orientation dates: 7/8, 7/22, 8/12, 9/9, 9/23, 10/15, 10/28, 11/12, 11/25, 12/9, 12/23


Housing: Emergency and transitional housing is provided to asylum seekers, with priority given to women and children. Individuals pursuing other forms of legal relief (SIJS, U Visa, T Visa, VAWA) are considered for housing on a case by case basis. Ineligible for public assistance and unable to work during the initial stages of the asylum process, asylum seekers are often unable to secure safe and stable housing on their own. AWE provides more than just a bed and shelter – we provide a home.

We are not a shelter.  Housing is arranged for each woman based upon her needs and availablitiy.  Eligibility requirements are that you live in the Baltimore/DC area, you are still awaiting an asylum decision, and you are, at least, 18 years of age.  We cannot provide housing prior to the completion of the orientation and intake process.  

Immigration Legal Services: We do not provide legal services. If you are unsure of your status or if you need an attorney, click HERE for help in English or HERE for help in Spanish. For a list of trusted providers in our local area, click HERE

Community Day Program:  Monday - Thursday, 10-2:30 we offer hospitality, English as a Second Language, job readiness, computer classes, parenting classes and support, wellness classes and other activities. A hot lunch is provided to participants at noon each day. To participate in the day program you must first attend a program orientation and complete an intake with the Asylee Advocate. While many of our services are geared toward asylum seekers, the day program is open to refugees and other immigrants.

Medical Care: In partnership with Healthcare for the Homeless, medical services are offered through the mobile clinic every Tuesday. Primary care, referral for speciality care and prescription coverage are available through the mobile clinic for AWE participants.

Mental Health Care: In partnership with Intercultural Counseling Connection, individual and group counseling services are offered on-site and in the community through a network of specially training pro bono therapists. Services are culturally responsive and provided in the participant's native language at no cost.  

Material Support: Participants may access the food pantry on Monday and Thursday from 2:30-3pm and the clothing closet every other Wednesday from 2:30-3pm. Diapers and baby gear are available through the Asylee Advocate.

Community: The asylum process can be long and lonely. Many asylum seekers have limited family support in the United States. We offer companionship and an opporunity to connect with others as asylum seekers begin to heal from past trauma and journey through the long immigration process.


If you are a service provider or attorney and are seeking housing or other services for a client, complete our referral form and we will be in touch. Please do not send new clients without an appointment.