About Hello Neighbor.

We are a Pittsburgh-based organization founded in 2017.

About 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 in 2016, I knew I couldn't wait any longer. It was time to step up and be a part of the positive change I wanted to see in creating and building a diverse and inclusive community.

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, are matched with a refugee family. Our first cohort went through the program this year from June - September. We had 25 matches. The refugees were from 7 countries and the American families were from 23 different zipcodes. Both sides were incredibly diverse and multigenerational. Mentors included a wide range of backgrounds including a single chef at a hip restaurant in Lawrenceville, a newly married couple in Point Breeze, a home school family in Bethel Park and a mother-daughter duo in the North Hills.

Our focus for the refugees is to support and guide them in their new lives. We help facilitate that through educational training (on both sides) and a heavy dose of community events that include monthly potlucks and free tickets and experiences at different places around Pittsburgh. See for yourself!

This program launching our second application cycle with our eyes on the next program dates for March - June, 2018. Previous mentors and mentees have told us that they created lifelong friendships that changed their lives for the better and forever. There are no guarantees on what your experience will be, but we are here to help, and together, we can make a difference.

We are looking at expansion in 2018, if you are not in the Greater Pittsburgh Area and are interested in having Hello Neighbor where you live, please take 2 minutes to complete this survey. You can also send any inquiries (media, partnerships, or otherwise) to sloane@helloneighbor.io.

In Solidarity,

Sloane

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Heinz Endowments
USA for UNHCR
Awesome Without Borders

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