Nominate A Refugee or Immigrant

Do you know a refugee or immigrant looking to meet more Pittsburghers? Hello Neighbor is recruiting mentees to join our program!

Hello Neighbor is always looking for newly resettled refugee and immigrant families to participate in our program. Each refugee or immigrant family is matched with a Pittsburgher to be their “American Friend” and mentor. All mentee families can be matched with either an individual, a couple, or a family with kids.

Hello Neighbor is a post-resettlement nonprofit that fills in after the important work resettlement agencies do to help refugees become established in their first six-months in the U.S. While these initial months of resettlement are a critical time in the lives of refugee families, the months and sometimes years that follow are equally crucial as refugees learn to navigate a new city and culture, overcome language barriers, build social networks, and gain confidence in their new lives. That is where Hello Neighbor steps in, offering support to recently resettled refugee families through our mentorship program.

Our mentor and mentee matches decide together what they would like their time with one another to look like. Here are some examples of what our matches have done in the past:

Cultural Exchange and Fun Together:

  • Cooking in each other’s homes
  • Playing board games
  • Going to the park
  • Going to the library
  • Making a craft
  • Exploring Pittsburgh

Life Skills:

  • Helping reading mail
  • Learning how to write a check
  • Learning how to set up bills on auto-pay
  • Learning how to start and grow your savings
  • Signing up for a library card and learning how to use library services
  • Understanding the process to apply and receive a driver’s license

Hello Neighbor Events:

  • Pittsburgh Children’s Museum
  • The Andy Warhol Museum
  • Green Tree Library
  • Potlucks in the Park
  • Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Game
  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds Soccer Game
  • The Heinz History Center
  • Gateway Clipper Riverboat Cruise

Cultural Experience Matches Have Shared Together:

  • Mentors have been invited to break fast during Ramadan
  • Mentors have been invited to Bhutanese Hair Cutting Ceremonies
  • Mentors have been invited to birthday parties and high school graduations

Requirements:

We want all of our matches to connect and have a successful relationship. For that reason, we do have several requirements for our mentees. These requirements are set in place to make sure that mentees are giving to the program as much as they are getting from it, and that they are able to fully participate in and enjoy their relationship with mentors. In order to become a Hello Neighbor mentee, you must have:

  • Lived in the United States a minimum of six months and a maximum of 5 years
  • At least one head of house that is employed
  • An authentic desire to have an “American friend”
  • Ability to commit to spending on average 10 hours a month with your mentor for six months
  • Committed to living in Greater Pittsburgh for the next 12 months

Who Nominates Mentees?

A number of different agencies and people nominate our mentees. They include resettlement agencies, interpreters, friends, social service agencies, and past mentees. A big thanks to all of our partner agencies!

Important Dates:

  • November 30th: Mentee Nominations Due
  • February 8th: Mandatory In-Person Mentee Orientation
  • Late February / Early March: In-Home Introductions
  • March 7th: Hello Neighbor Cohort 5 Kickoff
  • March - August: Cohort 5 Duration


Details for future cohorts and opportunities will be posted here soon, so check back!


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“This program was a source of motivation and encouragement to step into our new lives in Pittsburgh.” - Mentee Testimonial