Welcoming Week

BELONGING BEGINS WITH US

Join Us For Welcoming Week 2021 Sep. 10th-19th - Presented by UPMC

Celebrated each year in September, Welcoming Week elevates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. It's a chance for neighbors — both immigrants and U.S.-born residents — to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community.

 WELCOMING WEEK AT THE Y - PAY $0 JOIN FEE SEPTEMBER 10TH-19TH

The Y is transforming your membership to transform lives. We are proud to offer flexible membership options for every person and family designed to help you live your safest and healthiest life. Join the Y during Welcoming Week and pay $0 Join Fee for your membership to the Y. 

The Y is committed to helping all individuals, including newcomers, access the support and resources needed to reach their full potential. As a city of bridges, we believe that communities are at their strongest when everyone has an opportunity to contribute and come together on a shared vision for the future. 

Welcoming Week is a powerful expression of the Y’s commitment to equity and community strengthening by building bridges between new Americans and their neighbors.

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WELCOMING WEEK EVENTS

Help Us Welcome Afghan Refugees to Pittsburgh

In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be welcoming American heroes and their families to the United States - and we need your help.

On April 14, 2021, President Biden announced the unilateral withdrawal from Afghanistan. As our armed forces return home, Afghan civilians who worked for the US Armed Forces, as interpreters and in other roles, are to be evacuated to the United States.

These civilians and their families, numbering over 53,000 people, will be resettled across the United States with Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) and will receive the same services provided to refugees.

Pittsburgh has been identified as one of the cities to accept the influx of these families.

HELP US SUPPORT THESE NEW FAMILIES ARRIVING

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A Proven Leader in Providing Innovative and Effective Social Service Solutions in the Pittsburgh Region

For more than 80 years, JFCS has remained vital and relevant in our community and is always available to respond no matter how difficult the problem. By continuously adapting our programs and services, we meet the changing needs of our dynamic and diverse population. We are a known leader in providing innovative and effective solutions to problems facing families and individuals of all ages in our region.

Learn more about Jewish Family and Community Services

NEW TO PITTSBURGH? FIND RESOURCES TO HELP YOU INTEGRATE

YMCA OF GREATER PITTSBURGH - HOPE FOR ALL

Hope For All is a project of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh to connect households in the Pittsburgh area to benefit programs and other supportive services. The program is funded by a grant from the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

  • Access to federal and public benefits such as health insurance, energy assistance, housing, and more.
  • Direct and referral services including food pantries, healthcare enrollment, and federal student aid preparation
  • Free income tax preparation and filing available for eligible tax payers

RECEIVE ASSISTANCE

LITERACY PITTSBURGH

Immigrants and refugees often struggle to access vital services due to language and cultural barriers. Literacy Pittsburgh is making it easier for new immigrants to find the help and services they need. We provide service coordination and information, assistance, and referral support to immigrants and refugees who live in Allegheny County. Our Immigrant Services and Connections (ISAC) program is a multi-agency collaboration designed to connect immigrants to these important resources and services.

LITERACY SERVICES

JFCS IMMIGRANT SERVICES

Those who have been forced to flee their homelands and who come to the United States through the federal refugee resettlement program seeking to build a new life receive assistance finding housing and work, and connecting to services.

IMMIGRANT SERVICES

ISAC IMMIGRANT SERVICES AND CONNECTIONS

ISAC is a five agency partnership headed by Jewish Family and Community Services, and all agencies are experts in serving the growing immigrant community. Partners include Casa San Jose (a program of the Sisters of St. Joseph), Literacy Pittsburgh, Latino Family Center of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, and South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM).

MAKE A CONNECTION

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As already mentioned, food is one thing that brings people together. Whether it’s for family gatherings, special occasions, or cultural celebrations, sharing a meal together as a family gathers everyone to the table and creates fellowship. With these family gatherings, how often do your kids get to help? Probably not often enough, if at all.

When you have family gatherings and the kids see everyone pitching in helping cook, they want to help too. They want to be part of that family dynamic. Parents tend to forget that kids need to feel a sense of purpose too, according to KQED News. Though they may be too young to do the actual cooking on the stove, it’s never too early to have them help out. Even if it’s just folding napkins or setting out the utensils, every action no matter how big or small will help kids feel included.

The fact that they want to help is all the more reason to get them started in the kitchen early, outside of big family gatherings. Doing this will allow you to teach them how to prepare and cook different foods. It will also give you the opportunity to have one-on-one time with them and teach them about the different cultural backgrounds behind the foods you cook.

MINESTRONE SOUP SHRIMP SALAD TACOS THAI CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS