Hello Neighbor.

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

Applications to become a Mentor are launching March 27. Signup to learn more
Valentine's Day for Good, at The Shop, Pittsburgh, PA. Feb 2017.

Welcome.

Welcome. I am so glad you are here. Hello Neighbor was launched in January 2017 in the wake of the Executive Orders targeting refugees and immigrants. So many people want to help and don’t know how, don’t know where to start, or can’t find the information they need.

I was one of those people. After the election in November I was searching for a way to volunteer locally where I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I wanted to be partnered with a refugee family and help them adjust to their new lives in America. I started volunteering with a local refugee resettlement agency and when I told them about my idea, they loved it. 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 apply to be partnered with a newly arrived immigrant or refugee family. Applications will be opening soon. The program is designed to last an initial 6 months. There will be key dates (kickoff, family outings, graduation) and structure to the program but this is also a chance to build a relationship with someone new. It will be rewarding, it might be challenging, it very well might change your life.

For now, this program is limited to the Pittsburgh area only. We are 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 over 35 states. Click here to view, and click here to submit an agency

National Refugee Resettlement and Immigrant Assistance Database

Get Involved

Here's how you can help support recently resettled refugees and immigrants.

Become a Mentor

We are looking for a diverse group of passionate neighbors who:

  • Are willing to be part of something that is new. You’ll be part of something very special - our very first class! We will be learning with you and you should be ok with a bit of “figure it out as we go” attitude.
  • Are responsible. You are building a bridge and forging a relationship with someone who is counting on you.
  • Understand that there are language and cultural barriers to overcome. This will be learning process for both of you.
  • Are empathetic and dedicated to the well-being of others.
  • Applications opening soon. Signup to learn more.

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

Email Sloane Davidson at sloane@helloneighbor.io

If you have ideas on how to grow, partner or support Hello Neighbor, I’d love to hear from you.

If you are a landlord and have apartments to rent, if you're an employer and are looking to hire, or if you have ESL skills you'd like to put to use, I'd love to hear from you. In addition to the mentorship program, I am building out a database of volunteer opportunities.

Lastly, if you are an organization that works with refugees or immigrants and you’re interested in more information on ways we could work together, I'd love to talk.

Signup

Applications are launching March 27. Sign up to learn more.