Welcome

We are a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization founded in 2017 committed to supporting recently resettled refugee families.

Welcome.

Most nights at my house the evening routine is the same. We eat dinner together as a family, my two young sons get a bath, we play and read books together and when it’s time for lights-off I give them hugs and kisses and say “I love you, you are safe.”

Right after I say this and step out of their rooms, I pause for a moment of reflection and appreciation. We are safe at home, we have access to food, running water and electricity. This is a deep privilege I don’t take for granted.

As Hello Neighbor embarks on our third year, I look around and am amazed and awed at what has been created. We have received local support and national recognition for our innovative and intentional programs. We don’t operate in a silo. Everything we create we do with partners, by including refugee voices and by empowering everyday Pittsburghers, Americans and our newest neighbors to know that their voices matter.

We hear so much about polarization and societal breakdown in the community. I know, it’s an exhausting world for many right now. As hard as some days are, I always remember that there are others who are facing far greater hardship, oppression and lack of human rights than anyone reading this.

In 2017, I didn’t see anyone using the word “mentor” when talking about supporting refugees. All of refugee resettlement was focused on the initial resettlement of families. Now, due to a huge amount of change in a sector that hadn’t changed in almost 30 years, the landscape has shifted.

Hello Neighbor has become a leading voice in how to support refugees within their new communities. We are incredibly proud of what we’ve created and I continue to say that we are just getting started!

In 2017 and 2018, Hello Neighbor and mentorship were one and the same. The Mentorship Program is and will continue to be our anchor. It guides us and grounds us. It’s critical to our longevity, trust in the community, scalability and sustainability.

In 2019 we saw the emergence of three new programs: Smart Start for Refugee Moms and Children, Food Social Enterprise, and the Hello Neighbor Network. More details on these programs are included in this report.

We are growing because of the hard work of everyone in our community and how much we all believe in Hello Neighbor’s role as a leading voice. For that I thank each and every one of you. And for anyone new to the organization reading this report for the rst time, welcome! I hope you’re as inspired reading this report as we are living and breathing this work. If you have any questions, ideas or feedback, please contact me directly at sloane@helloneighbor.io. It’s an honor to lead this organization each and every day.

There continue to be so many ways to get involved with Hello Neighbor. Please stop by our offices to say “hello.”

 

In Solidarity,

Sloane