Become a mentor to a recently resettled refugee family.

Hello Neighbor is a mentorship program where neighbors, people like you, are matched with recently resettled refugee families. The goal of a mentor is to be a friend, ally, and advocate to a refugee family and help support them in their new lives. Our mentorship program is currently limited to the Pittsburgh, PA area.

Refugees receive support for the many challenges they face in their first 7 years in the United States including guidance with everything from finding a new job, how to look for and find new housing, how to sign up their children for school, how to navigate American systems and culture and above all an opportunity to explore and enjoy their new city through a series of events and programs produced by Hello Neighbor. Because of the isolation many refugees face when they are first resettled, it is difficult to measure the impact a program like Hello Neighbor has on their lives but through our first program in 2017, we heard positive feedback from all involved. In fact, 100% of program participants said this program impacted their lives and they would recommend it to others.

Hello Neighbor provided our family with an amazing opportunity, and our mentee family opened up our minds and our hearts. They are truly unbelievable people and have changed us as people throughout this program!


We had the opportunity to put our values into action, to build friendships that enrich our lives and help others in the process. What more could you ask for?!


Hello Neighbor gave me confidence and helped us make many American friends. My family is very happy and in love with Pittsburgh because of this program!


Hello Neighbor helped my family feel welcome in Pittsburgh. We received help with moving, writing a resume, enrolling our daughter in her new school. Thank you!


Program Details

The program duration is 4 months. Our next cohort will be from March - June, 2018. Hello Neighbor is committed to you giving as much as you get during your mentorship. That is why during the program you will receive training to be able to graduate with a Refugee Advocacy Certificate, a custom program we are designing to give you the tools and resources necessary to understand the global refugee crisis and how that affects refugees in Pittsburgh.

Key Dates:

  • November 6, 2017: Applications available
  • November 19, 2017: Application closes
  • December: Refugee/Mentee Information Sessions (contact us for more details)
  • January: Mentor Group Interviews
  • February: Mentor and Mentee Orientations
  • March: Program begins

The application for the Class of 2018 is available from Monday, November 6th at 9:00AM until Sunday, November 19th at 11:59PM EST. Once submitted, we will review your application and be in touch about next steps.

If you are looking to apply as a mentee, or nominate a mentee, apply below.

Apply or Nominate Mentee

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