Nominate A Refugee or Immigrant

Help us find and recruit mentees to be part of Hello Neighbor!

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 act as 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 not a resettlement agency, but a nonprofit that fills in after the important work the resettlement agencies do for the first 6 months. After a mentee is in the U.S. After 6 months, there is still much to know about Pittsburgh, American culture, and different life skills, and that is where we step in! We will help with all of this, as well as the very important task of breaking social isolation.

Matches decide together what to do each time they get together. Here are some examples of what our matches have done.

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:

  • Help reading mail
  • Learn how to write a check
  • Learn how to set up bills on auto-pay
  • Learn how to start and grow your savings
  • Sign up for a library card and learn how to use library services
  • Understand 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 so mentees can put into the program as much as they will get out of it! We want mentees to be able to fully participate and enjoy the program.

  • Lived in the United States a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 5 years
  • At least one child under the age of 18 living at home
  • At least one parent is employed
  • An authentic desire to have an “American Friend”
  • Can commit to spending on average 10 hours a month with their mentor for 6 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:

  • March 22nd: Mentee Nominations Due
  • April 6th: Mentee Orientation
  • Late May/Early June - In-Home Introductions
  • June - December - Cohort 4

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

Are you ready to get started?

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