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Our community is incredible! Only a few hours after sharing about Sardar's need for transportation, we reached our goal and will have enough money to purchase a scooter for him! πŸŽ‰

Sardar and his family are so grateful, a HUGE thank you to everyone who donated!

Meet Sardar and his family of 11 (soon to be 12)! Sardar is the oldest child in this Afghan family, the only one who speaks English, and currently the only one who is working.
This family has no vehicle, and Sardar needs transportation to get to work. Can you help us raise $1,600 to purchase a scooter that will allow Sardar to get to and from work on his own?
Click the link in our bio to make a donation, we are very appreciative of any donation you make. Thank you for your support!

@Northamericaforukraine is looking for a sponsor (or two sponsors near each other) for the following family:

Nataly (37), her son Taras (13), her mom (63), and her aunt (71).

Nataly and her mom will apply for work authorization, and her aunt might as well. They are all in good health, and the three women worked in Ukraine before the war.

The mom and aunt both like cooking and spending time with children and pets. Nataly is an English as a Second Language teacher, so she’s fluent in English. Stairs are no issue for this family.

π–π‘πšπ­ 𝐰𝐒π₯π₯ 𝐚 𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐨?

πŸ’› Sponsors complete online paperwork (I-134 form) for each family member. This takes about 20-30 minutes per person sponsored. Sponsors state what level of support they are willing and able to provide, e.g., room and board.

πŸ’› Ukrainians are eligible for SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid on arrival. They will need assistance with these applications.

πŸ’› Ukrainians will need help with making any necessary phone calls until they speak English well enough to manage on their own.

πŸ’› Ukrainians will need help with rides to grocery stores, etc.

Employment authorization is expected to take several months.

Can you open your heart and home to Nataly and her family? If so, please contact Jennifer Moak at [email protected]

If you’d like to learn more about the entire sponsorship process or be matched with another Ukrainian, please click the link in our bio and complete the simple form. Someone from NA4Ukraine will contact you soon after.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ Thank you! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦

* This is a stock photo, not a photo of Nataly

@northamericaforukraine has over 1000 Ukrainian families waiting for a sponsor!
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for one of these families, click the link in our bio to fill out a simple form. Someone from North America for Ukraine will be in contact with you shortly after!

These boxes are a testament to how incredible this community is! Almost everything has been purchased from our wishlist to help us rebuild our office after it suffered extensive flooding!
Boxes and boxes keep arriving - THANK YOU!
We are one step closer to having our space back 😍
If you would still like to donate, you can click the link in our profile to view our Amazon Wishlist!

We would like to introduce you to Rahma! Rahma came to St. Louis from Burundi with her three siblings after their parents passed away. She loves to study, is a devout Muslim, and wants to be a nurse!

While she was in high school, she worked with Welcome Neighbor STL ESL tutors. This past spring, she graduated from Gateway STEM High School 6th out of her class of 240 students! We are so excited for her!

In the fall, she will be attending Lindenwood University, and is the first person in her family to attend college.

There are some items that Rahma needs for college, can you help her?

Click the link in our profile to view an Amazon Wishlist of items she needs.

Thank you for any donation you can make!

Thank you to the volunteers who make this possible! πŸ’œ ...

Every Friday, one of our refugee cooks volunteered her time to cook 100 meals for a houseless shelter in St. Louis!

We want to give a big thank you to the cooks and volunteers who made this possible!

This program is on pause for the summer and will begin again in the fall.

Last year, a volunteer and staff member were visiting a Syrian family and enjoying breakfast, tea, and Syrian coffee together. As they ate and visited, the family opened up about their journey from the Middle East to St. Louis.

"They walked two hours to seek refuge at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. They started off with a bag of items and their phones, but halfway through realized that it was too dangerous to bring their phones with them and that the bags were slowing them down. They left their suitcases and phones in the street, now only having the clothes on their back."

Read the full story at the link in our profile.

We love seeing how volunteers are creating a community where refugees are respected and can flourish as our friends and neighbors. Thank you, Ann for all your work!

Click the link in our bio to watch a video about what Ann is doing!

Welcome our new Volunteer and Social Media Coordinator, Megan White! πŸ₯³ ...

Welcome Neighbor STL family picnic in @towergrovepark on June 11, 2022. Thank you to @breadandrosesmo for your partnership in creating meaningful community art for all to participate. Thank you to @jlbfloatcanna, our incredible staff, board, and volunteers for helping to put together such an amazing event. ❀️❀️❀️ ...

Thank you @breadandrosesmo for coming to the Welcome Neighbor STL picnic to make beautiful art with our kids! β€οΈπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸŽ¨ ...

Welcome Neighbor STL is hosting a Family Potluck Picnic for our refugee friends, family partners, and those interested in learning more about the work we do! Visit for more details. ...

"In the city of bridges, we strive to form ties across differences to create communities where everyone fully belongs." @ebtehal.badawi81 #buildingbriges2022 #pittsburgh #refugeeswelcome ...

Amazing second day session in Pittsburgh with executive directors from all over the country who lead refugee resettlement. We have learned so much, it's been an invaluable 3-day event, with us wrapping up tomorrow.
Reposted from @helloneighborhq

Reposted from @ebtehal.badawi81 β€œAll of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors – in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.”
β€” Fred Rogers
@sloane @helloneighborhq thank you for welcoming everyone to Pittsburgh and for continuing building more bridges to bring everyone together πŸŒ‰πŸŒŽπŸŽ¨
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Improving cultural competency session with @suzy.ismail at Hello Neighbor Convening in Pittsburg. ...

Amazing Afghan lunch today. #buildingbridges2022 @helloneighborhq ...

Wow! Absolutely incredible session today in #pittsburgh with @basmaalawee from @weavetales at the Hello Neighbor Convening. #storytelling #buildingbridges2022 @helloneighborhq ...

Artist @ebtehal.badawi81 discussing #buildingbridges2022 and healing through art. Follow her! #refugees #loveallpeople @helloneighborhq ...

Poet Spoken Word by Danielle Obisie-Orlu - Youth Poet Laureate of Allegheny County. This piece is entitled, "Peacemakers." @helloneighborhq ...

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