The purpose of Bergen County Sanctuary Committee is to serve as a sponsor for people who have applied for political asylum and been released from federal detention, and for selected other asylum seekers.

Among the services the Committee provides are housing, medical care, financial support, educational opportunities, language instruction, transportation, recreational opportunities, and liaison with attorneys.

The goal is to help the asylees establish themselves and achieve durable self-sufficiency, with care and support greatest in the beginning and less as they become increasingly independent and able to support themselves.