Asylee Women Enterprise (Lutherville, MD)


  • Name:Molly Corbett
  • Title:Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Asylee Women Enterprise
  • Address:2229 W. Joppa Rd.
    Lutherville, MD 21093
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:4438500627

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Asylee Women Enterprise is to help women seeking asylum to rebuild their lives and their spirits. Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE) provides transitional housing, companionship and community to women seeking asylum by offering a safe and nurturing home, opportunities to connect with women in the larger community and each other.

  • Overview:
  • Asylum seekers are one of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in the immigrant pool in the United States. The number of individuals seeking asylum increased 44% from 2013 to 2014 with over 121,000 applications filed. The United Nations attributes this dramatic rise, worldwide, to the number of conflicts and wars that are displacing individuals. Asylum seekers flee their homeland, not for a better life - but to save their life. They come with little more than the clothes on their back. Once here they must navigate an unknown culture and immigration system often while battling depression and post-traumatic stress. Asylum seekers are not eligible for government benefits until they have received asylum. Adjudication on asylum claims take an average of three years from arrival in the country. This means that for three years they are marginalized and often taken advantage of by individuals in the United States.

    Asylum seekers tend to be those individuals that were community leaders in their home country. They spoke out for political freedom, religious freedom, women's rights or ethnic identity. In order to receive asylum they must prove that they have been tortured or persecuted because of their religion, political affiliation, ethnic group or membership in a subgroup (unmarried pregnant women, LGBT, or in some cases just because they are a woman.)

    While they are awaiting asylum they must rely on the kindness of others until they receive their work authorization. There is no "safety net" for asylum seekers. Nonprofits are the safety net since they cannot receive government funding. Unfortunately the number of service providers that work with asylum seekers is extremely small. We are currently the largest housing provider for asylum seekers in the Mid-Atlantic. We provide housing to 14 women. Additionally we provide to women and men an Education and Employment Program, Hospitality Hours, legal/medical referral program, and Companionship Program (accompanying individuals to asylum interviews and court hearings). Currently we have a wait list for all of our programs. We have closed our wait list for housing because we have 32 women on the list.

    The organization is based upon a collaborative model of community building and the strengths based model of case management. The strengths based approach recognizes the inherent strengths in each person and encourages their own self-empowerment by providing them the tools to make their own life decisions and be able to act upon those decisions. The collaborative community building model fits well with the strengths based model. Community building is defined here as those projects which seek to build new relationships among members in a community and develop change out of the connections these relationships provide for solving member-defined problems. Most importantly, our community building focuses on utilizing the existing assets within a community. This model works to build a network of organizations and individuals that together provide the tools for the women to rebuild their lives.

  • History:
  • The seeds of AWE were planted in January 2011 when the Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore were asked to give shelter to a young pregnant woman from Afghanistan who was seeking asylum in the United States. While trying to find her safe housing, it became apparent that there was a great unmet need for housing by asylum seekers in Baltimore. Individuals from 8 Catholic women’s religious communities in Baltimore came together to discuss how their communities could meet some of the needs which were currently not being provided by social service organizations, including: housing, advocacy, a sense of community, and companionship for asylum seekers. Little did we know that the demand for these services would be so overwhelming.

    In May 2012, AWE received its tax-exempt status and hired a full-time executive director. Since then, we have built an organization that provides for both the physical needs (shelter, food, health care) and also the emotional needs (community, companionship and empowerment) of the asylum seekers and asylees we serve. During 2011, we assisted 7 individuals. In 2014, we assisted more than 100 individuals with one or many of the following; housing, referrals (medical, legal, counseling), companionship (transportation to legal, medical and social service appointments, as well as social networking), advocacy, employment, basic needs (food and clothing), education placement or ESL. We have partnered with more than 25 institutions and organizations in Baltimore to create a supportive community that empowers women and men seeking asylum. We receive requests for service from the Baltimore/DC area and throughout the country. We have remotely assisted individuals in California, Illinois, Georgia, Virginia, North Dakota, Missouri, Kentucky, Michican and Texas by connecting them with services in their region. Although we are a local organization, we have built a model that is replicable in other cities to help support asylum seekers and asylees.

    One of our key accomplishments is that, of the asylum seekers who have “graduated” out of our programming, 84% are working in a position that pays a living wage and are self-sufficient. Additionally, of the asylum seekers who have participated in the Employment and Education Program and who have acquired their work authorization, 75% secured employment (full or part-time) within four weeks of receiving their work authorization. It is because our model focuses on empowering the women to network within the broader community and offers access to community members that they are able to find employment and begin to rebuild their lives.

  • Year established:2011
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:45-3769025

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:453769025
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% TIFFANY NELMS
  • Organization Address:4500 FRANKFORD AVE
  • Organization City:BALTIMORE
  • Organization State:MD
  • Organization Zip:21206-5106
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:January, 2012
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:Q71
  • Asset Amount:$36,440
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$293,046
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$293,046
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 8:43:38 am

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