Hello Neighbor.

Improving the lives of refugees and immigrants by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives.

Mentor applications are currently closed. Sign up for more information here
Hello Neighbor. Improving the lives of refugees and immigrants by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives.

Welcome.

Welcome. I am so glad you are here. Hello Neighbor was officially created in January 2017 but is something I have been thinking about and wanting to do for a long time. After the election, I knew I couldn't wait any longer. It was time to step up and find a way to support refugees and immigrants.

Prior to Hello Neighbor, I was working at a refugee resettlement agency and before that I have 15 years experience working with nonprofits. After interviewing and talking to refugees and potential mentors, I decided there was a real excitement and need for a program like this to exist.

Hello Neighbor is a new kind of mentorship program. Neighbors, people like you and me, will be partnered with a refugee or immigrant family. The initial mentorship program is 4 months long, launching with an orientation in May, 2017 and running June through September. Mentors will receive education, guidance and support to help them becomes Refugee Advocates and both refugees and mentors will have opportunities to get together including cultural outings, potluck dinners and more. It will be rewarding, it might be challenging, it very well might change your life.

The pilot program is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and looking to expand in 2018. If you are interested in getting involved or partnering with Hello Neighbor, please send an email to sloane@helloneighbor.io.

In Solidarity,

Sloane

Database

The National Refugee Resettlement and Immigrant Assistance Database is a public database of nonprofits and social service agencies to learn how to get involved. The database currently has over 320 agencies from 41 states. Click here to view, and click here to submit an agency

National Refugee Resettlement and Immigrant Assistance Database

Get Involved

You can become part of the Hello Neighbor family by making a donation, applying to be a mentor or nominating a refugee. We will have more opportunities listed here soon!

Donate

When you donate to Hello Neighbor, you join our mission to build bridges and break down barriers in support of refugees and immigrants. Your donation will support our pilot mentorship program launching in Summer 2017 and the Refugee Assistance Fund focused on providing financial support including childcare assistance, skill development and job training to refugees.

Apply

Are you interested in supporting and mentoring a refugee family to help them with their new life in Pittsburgh? Mentor applications are currently closed, but sign up below for more information.

Qualities of a Mentor:

  • You are available to actively mentor a refugee family from June-September 2017.
  • You are excited to learn about issues facing refugees.
  • You are willing to develop goals to help refugees better integrate into Pittsburgh.
  • You are looking for a tangible way to give back to help others.
  • Full details here.

Nominate

Do you know a refugee or immigrant who would benefit from having a Pittsburgh “friend” help, guide and mentor them with their new life in Pittsburgh? The Hello Neighbor mentorship program might be just the thing. Submit a nomination from March 27th - April 23rd.

Refugee Qualifications:

  • Have they been living in Pittsburgh for more than 6 months but less than 5 years?
  • Do they have some English language skills?
  • Please note they can be a single person or an entire family.
  • Nominations are open on a rolling basis.

Resources

Want to learn more? Check out the Resources supporting refugees and immigrants on Medium.

Events

Want to learn more about Hello Neighbor or the Mentor Program? Check out our upcoming events and information sessions.

Contact

If you have ideas on how to grow, partner or support Hello Neighbor, we’d love to hear from you. Email us at info(at)helloneighbor.io. Current opportunities:

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