Sanctuary/Asylum Newsletter – January 2023

Sanctuary Coalition of Southern New Hampshire

It’s a New Year, and many of us are thankful for that.  We’re ready to move on, with renewed energy, to continue the hard work we do to improve the lives of our asylum applicants and to advocate for immigration reform.

Meanwhile, Ben has sent two updates:

#1:“I’m doing well, keep waiting for my family’s arrival it’s a longer process than I was expecting, I don’t know when exactly they will be here. Which making me stressed.  Meanwhile I’m working every day and sometimes double shifts in Belmont one hour driving. We are in vacation we are going to start again with school in two weeks. Thank you.”

#2: “I finished 4 courses, all with A and one with A+, ( PROJECT MANAGEMENT DESIGN, PROJECT MANAGEMENT DESIGN AND PLANNING, ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP, INTEGRATIVE APPROACH. Before this 4 courses I took STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS). I’m readying to take this semester PROJECT MANAGEMENT MONITORING. I can’t take two courses lack of finance. Matha Carlson and her organization can’t pay for me two courses again because it’s very expensive while they have a lot of students to support. So, I will be taking one course by semester from this coming semester.

About my family seems like I have to stay be patient nothing new I’m over the time expectations, I don’t know what is going on. Thank you.”

And what’s up with Chris?

His court case for his divorce was Friday, January 6.  Choisie never showed up.  The judge and the Case Manager had Chris complete forms and sign them, and the court will send them to Choisie to sign and return. Once she returns the signed forms, the court can grant the divorce without another hearing.

Chris returned to Manchester on January 4th.  He has been in KY caring for his brother’s family while his brother and wife deal with medical issues.  The brother will be having surgery in April, so Chris is still needed down there, and will be returning on January 14th.  The local Congolese community is helping the family, and our committee continues to send money to Chris to help with expenses. 


We continuously need donations. We accept Checks sent to the U.U. Church of Manchester, 669 Union St. Manchester NH 03104. Designate “Asylum Fund” in the memo line. If you have any questions, contact our new church administrator, Amy (603-625-6854) or Liz Alcauskas (703-447-5701). Credit Card donations can be made by going to  1. click on “Give” OR 2. Click on “Please Donate today” in the yellow ribbon on top of the page. In either case, the Planned Giving page will appear. 3. Scroll down to Donate and click on the DONATE button. 4. Be sure to find the “write a note” section and  designate your donation is for the Asylum Fund. If you have any questions, call Liz at 703-447-5701.  Thank you for your anticipated donation. We are a 501(C)3 organization, so your donations are tax-deductible.