Since its inception in 1999, SHENU Sanctuary has been rooted in activism and community service.


Queen Mother Imakhu is a lifelong activist, former Vice-President of National Action Network Newark NJ Chapter, current member of People's Organization for Progress, member of Newark Interfaith Clergy Alliance, I AM (Interfaith Action Movement), African Diaspora for Justice, Latino Action Network, and the National Black Council of Elders. She teaches that ministry is about changing the world by being personally responsible and accountable. According to ancient Khametic philosophy, we each must be active in making our lives, families, neighborhoods, and worlds better. 

SHENU Ashram has an active community food distribution ministry, political legislation ministry, prayer and sick visitation ministry, and multimedia outreach ministry.

If you would like to volunteer in our ministry, call 646-228-1185.

New Shenu logo 2021-final by Elaine Lloy

Special thanks to our 2020 Food Distribution partner Richie Belford, owner of White Rose Diner in Linden, NJ. By providing fresh lunch and breakfast sliders at cost (paid for by benefactor Miguel Ruales), Newark neighbors-with-no-addresses were able to enjoy hot meals. Thanks Richie and Miguel!


Special thanks to our 2020-21 Food Distribution partner Pastor Melvin Wilson and Saint Matthew AME Church in Orange, NJ. SHENU Ministries, along with other spiritual organizations, was able to pick up food boxes at Saint Matthew that were provided by Essex County. We distributed to our recipient families immediately after pick up. Thank you for your commitment to community Pastor Wilson and Saint Matthew AME Church!