Immigrants and Refugees

Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO)

AJAPO provides a continuum of care which empowers African and Caribbean refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated into the Greater Pittsburgh Community and Allegheny County. Since inception in 2001, AJAPO has successfully implemented Service Coordination programs for refugees/immigrants through provision of trainings for acculturation, life skills, leadership/conflict resolution skills, counseling, support and referrals for access to education, housing, medical, welfare benefits, and legal services. In addition, AJAPO provides interpretation and cultural competency services to improve relationships between clients and other service providers.

Website: http://aajapo.org/AboutUs.asp

Allegheny County Department Human Services (DHS) Immigrant and International Resources

DHS is committed to providing high-quality services that are culturally competent, accessible and demonstrate respect for individuals, their goals and preferences. As the number and diversity of immigrants and internationals has grown in Allegheny County, DHS established the Immigrants and Internationals Initiative.  The Advisory Council, composed of immigrants and internationals and organizations, which serve them, advises DHS on issues of concern and on ways to improve accessibility of services and cultural competency.

Website: http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/imm-intern/index.aspx

Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) 

Provides optional citizenship classes to students who sign up for regular English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at the AIU. A placement test, by appointment, is required before registering for ESL classes.

Website: http://www.aiu3.net/

Birmingham Free Health Clinic

Birmingham Free Health Clinic is community partnership between the Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations (PHCUP) and The Salvation Army, and serves uninsured and other medically vulnerable groups by utilizing an exclusively volunteer group of health care providers.

Website: http://www.dom.pitt.edu/dgim/phcup/clinics.html

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children Services (BRYCS)

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) is the Office of Refugee Resettlement's national technical assistance provider on refugee child welfare.  BRYCS assists service providers from refugee resettlement agencies, mainstream service agencies, such as child welfare and schools, and ethnic community based organizations.  BRYCS provides individual consultations, trainings, and conference presentations on topics related to serving refugee children and families. In addition, BRYCS authors publications and maintains a Clearinghouse of thousands of resources. 

Website: http://www.brycs.org/schools.cfm

Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh

For more than 30 years, Catholic Charities has resettled individuals and families who have been declared refugees by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. In recent years, Catholic Charities staff and volunteers have welcomed refugees from Nepal, Burma, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia. Many have lived in refugee camps their entire lives and come to this country with very few possessions, very limited or no understanding of the English language, and very limited knowledge of their new culture and neighborhood. Catholic Charities provides the following core services: safe and affordable housing, help with completion of applications for Social Security, medical assistance, food stamps, and public assistance, health screenings, enrollment in school (if applicable), English-as-Second-Language (ESL) classes, and general community orientation.

Website: http://www.ccpgh.org/page.aspx?pid=359

City of Asylum

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. The organization provides sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced. City of Asylum offers a broad range of literary programs in a variety of community settings to encourage cross-cultural exchange. They anchor neighborhood economic development by transforming blighted properties into homes for these programs and energizing public spaces through public art with text-based components.

Website: http://cityofasylumpittsburgh.org/

Global Pittsburgh

GlobalPittsburgh creates long-term global relationships by connecting leaders and organizations in the Greater Pittsburgh Region with international leaders and influencers.

Website: http://www.globalpittsburgh.org/

Global Solutions Pittsburgh

Global Solutions Pittsburgh is an independent educational organization, the local affiliate of Citizens For Global Solutions, a national organization working toward global solutions to global problems. Their organization has been educating western Pennsylvanian citizens about global interdependence for over sixty years.  Global Solutions Pittsburgh provides nonpartisan, internationally-focused education to schools and communities throughout western Pennsylvania. They strive to realize our goals by (1) Cultivating global awareness and engagement in our region through innovative educational programming and strategic partnerships; (2) Supporting global education in schools through direct student engagement, curricular support, and teacher professional development; (3) Promoting respect for human rights by educating citizens and facilitating collaboration within the regional human rights community.

Website: http://globalsolutionspgh.org/

Goodwill Industries of Western Pennsylvania

Among many of other adult educational opportunities, Goodwill Industries of Western Pennsylvania offers comprehensive ESL services as well as citizenship classes.

Website: http://www.goodwillswpa.org/education

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC)

Provides English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults who are non-native English speakers as part of their mission to ensure that adults and families acquire reading, writing, math, English language, workforce skills, and computer skills so they may reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their community. ESL classes are offered in Prospect Park, Greentree, East End, Oakland, South Hills, North Hills and Northwest Pittsburgh.

Website: http://www.gplc.org/

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh

Jewish Family & Children's Service helps immigrants and refugees resettle and successfully build new lives in our community. Their immigration attorneys and Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representatives help individuals born outside the United States who are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, or immigrants with limited financial means needing help with immigration-related legal issues. In addition, comprehensive resettlement services are provided to individuals and families fleeing persecution in their homeland—both those outside our country who have been granted refugee status by the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) and brought to our country for resettlement, and those who are already in the United States and have been granted asylum.

Website: http://www.jfcspgh.org/immigrants--refugees.aspx

Northern Area Multi Service Center’s Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement Program

NAMS’ Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement (CARR) program collaborates with local organizations and individuals to help refugees settle into new communities. Each year, CARR helps hundreds of men, women and children make Pittsburgh their home, integrate into American life, rebuild their lives and achieve sustainable independence and self sufficiency.

Website: http://buildingindependence.org/nams/community-assistance-and-refugee-resettlement/

Pittsburgh Refugee Center

The Pittsburgh Refugee Center's (PRC) mission is to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and integrated into their new communities. PRC focuses on three broad areas: direct services to refugee families, education and outreach, and advocacy and research.

Website: http://www.pittsburghrefugeecenter.org/

Sampsonia Way

Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh celebrating literary free expression and supporting persecuted writers worldwide. The magazine’s key staff includes exiled writers living on Sampsonia Way, a street in Pittsburgh that spans cultures and languages, which was conceived with their advice from within their own experience of exile and repression. Just as the physical Sampsonia Way provides a home for exiled writers in a revitalized community, SampsoniaWay.org aims to be a virtual home that mobilizes a widely dispersed international public to protect writers and writing by engaging writers and non-writers in a virtual community and by becoming a source for research and dialogue.

Website: http://www.sampsoniaway.org/