Welcome Resources

Diverse Community Groups Tool

Diverse Community Groups are major assets in the region that provide critical support networks to their members and newcomers who connect with them. That is why we want to increase the visibility of diverse communities and their organizations and facilitate connections between groups and diverse new residents in the region. 

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh

Jewish Family & Children's Service is an acknowledged leader in helping immigrants and refugees resettle and successfully build new lives in our community. If you were born outside the United States and if you are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, or if you are an immigrant with limited financial means and need help with immigration-related legal issues, their immigration attorneys and Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representatives can help you. Learn more about what JFCS can offer on their website: http://www.jfcspgh.org/immigrants--refugees.aspx

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers a vast selection of resources for immigrants, refugees, ESL speakers, and internationally born members of the Pittsburgh community. This ranges from books on gaining citizenship or navigating tricky legal issues, to offering classes on English and learning your rights as immigrants. And with nearly 20 branches throughout the city, there are many options for getting the help you need and services to make your life easier. Follow the link to learn more about the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: http://www.carnegielibrary.org/

Hello Neighbor

Hello Neighbor is a new kind of mentorship program that partners current and established individuals and families living in Pittsburgh with new immigrants and their families to help them become better acclimated to the community. It is an opportunity for Pittsburghers to come together and truly be welcoming. Learn more about the program and how you can participate here: https://www.helloneighbor.io/

The Immigrant Community Blueprint

The Immigrant Community Blueprint is a set of strategic priorities and plans developed through broad community participation and designed to help immigrants thrive in Allegheny County, to be implemented over the next three to five years. Click here to learn more about Blueprint and access important resources for newcomers to Pittsburgh.

Welcoming Pittsburgh

Welcoming Pittsburgh is an immigrant and Latino integration strategy launched by Mayor William Peduto in 2014. The following year, Mayor Peduto released a comprehensive citywide plan that established nearly 40 community-led recommendations to advance welcoming efforts. The Mayor’s Office is leading implementation of the plan through cross-sectoral partnerships. Welcoming Pittsburgh is rooted in a commitment to ensure a more livable city for all residents. To learn more about the amazing projects being done by Welcoming Pittsburgh, visit their website: http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/welcoming-pgh/index.html?page=welcoming-pittsburgh-plan

Collegiate YMCA

Located on the University of Pittsburgh's campus, the Collegiate YMCA works to connect international students to critical resources they need to be successful both on and off campus while completing their degree. They also work to help international students find employment and work towards becoming a United States citizen. Visit their website for contact information: http://www.ymcaofpittsburgh.org/collegiate/

Whitehall Public Library

The Whitehall Library in Whitehall Borough, nestled between Brentwood and Castle Shannon, is in a unique position to build impactful programs that increase the quality of life for many immigrants in the Pittsburgh metro area. The community is home to New Americans who have immigrated to Pittsburgh from around the world, including such countries as Bosnia, Nepal, Bhutan, and various countries in Africa. The neighborhood continues to grow and evolve as new populations find their homes in Whitehall. Since beginning its targeted outreach in 2001, the library has worked to adapt to the changing immigrant populations and their cultures, traditions, aspirations and needs. Please visit the Whitehall Library's website to learn more about the services and programs they offer to newcomers: http://www.whitehallpubliclibrary.org/