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Pittsburgh World Refugee Day 2021

This year is the 20th anniversary of World Refugee Day being celebrated around the world! Here in Pittsburgh, we’re celebrating virtually on June 18, highlighting stories from our local refugee and immigrant neighbors.

We’ll also have lots of ways for you to engage through recipes, a marketplace of local artisans, kids’ activities, and ways to take action. We hope that you’ll find ways to support refugees and immigrants in our community and help make Pittsburgh a place where we all can belong!

Stories From Our Neighbors & Ways to Take Action

Adzo Amouzou’s Story (Togo)

Adzo Amouzou’s Story (Togo)

What was your first day/month like in the US? You can even say that my first night in the United States was horrible. Our plane landed at New York. We were supposed to go back to the same plane, but going through customs and immigration took so long that the plane...

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B’s Story (East/Central Africa)

B’s Story (East/Central Africa)

Coming to the USA/Pittsburgh I came to the USA running away from an abusive relationship. When I got here, life was hard. Family was not supportive. I wish I knew then what I know now about the different organizations that help women and children that have been...

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Sandra’s Story (Jamaica)

Sandra’s Story (Jamaica)

What are some things you would like others to know about your culture? Our food is different in Jamaica. When people come that is one of the first things that they look for and second is entertainment and music. We have the fastest man and fastest woman in the world,...

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Chris-Ann Pink’s Story (Jamaica)

Chris-Ann Pink’s Story (Jamaica)

Hi my name is Chris-Ann Pink. I came to the USA via Miami-Hollywood international airport, where with the help of a loving and kind immigration worker who guided and helped me through the process of claiming asylum. After departing the flight from Jamaica, upon...

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Bimala’s Story (Nepal)

Bimala’s Story (Nepal)

My name is Bimala, I am 24 years old and was born in Nepal. I just finished my associate degree in social work from CCAC. Now I am applying to California University of Pennsylvania for a bachelor’s degree in social work. I am excited to start college and learn more at...

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Arts, Crafts, & More!

Check out jewelry, crafts, art, leather goods, clothing, and more from local immigrant-owned businesses. These sellers from around the global make items inspired by their experiences, cultures, and traditions. Shop local to support these creative artisans and crafters! 


The Food Blog

Amazing recipes from all over the world

Check out these delicious recipes from refugees and immigrants as they share their cultures, stories, and food.

SPAIN: Cod “Ajoarriero” Style

SPAIN: Cod “Ajoarriero” Style

Spain: Cod "Ajoarriero" StyleServings 5-6Ready In: 30 minutes + soaking time Good For: DinnerIntroduction About this RecipeBy: Sergio Fandos (via Literacy Pittsburgh) Ajoarriero means mule drivers garlic, and was historically eaten in eateries and inns. Mule drivers...

USA: Pork Medallions

USA: Pork Medallions

USA: Pork MedallionsServings 2-4Ready In: 45minsGood For: Lunch/DinnerIntroduction About this RecipeBy: Shirley Derbis (via Literacy Pittsburgh)  Shirley says that this pork medallion recipe originally came from Family Recipe and became one of her family favorites....

KOREA: Japchae (Korean Noodles)

KOREA: Japchae (Korean Noodles)

KOREA: Japchae (Korean Noodles)Servings 2-3Ready In: 30minsGood For: Lunch/DinnerIntroduction About this RecipeBy: Soon Im Kang and Pyeong Gil Kim (via Literacy Pittsburgh) This sweet and savory Korean dish features stir fried glass noodles, also known as sweet potato...

International Restaurants & Markets in Pittsburgh



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Thank you to the Leveler Foundation and UPMC for your Gold level sponsorship.


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Thank you to Highmark / Allegheny Health Network for your Silver level sponsorship.


Thank you to the American Red Cross of Greater Pennsylvania and Dollar Bank for your Bronze level sponsorship.

Thank you to Giant Eagle for your contribution.

 Pittsburgh Loves refugees

Organizing Partners

World Refugee Day Pittsburgh is a joint effort of several organizations throughout the city. Led by Pittsburgh’s resettlement agencies, Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) and Acculturation for Justice, Access, and Peace Outreach (AJAPO), the city has been celebrating this event for many years. JFCS and AJAPO are joined by All for All, ARYSE, Center for Hearing & Deaf Services – PLAN, Hello Neighbor, Global Wordsmiths, Literacy Pittsburgh, Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania, and South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) in planning, organizing, and putting on the event.

staff from organizing partners

JFCS serves the Greater Pittsburgh community supporting people through all of life’s changes and challenges. In addition to hosting Pittsburgh’s largest refugee resettlement program helping refugees settle in their new homes, services offered help families overcome food insecurity, professionals find new jobs, immigrants become citizens, vulnerable adults live fulfilling lives, seniors stay independent and community members find healing from trauma and bereavement. Learn more at


AJAPO’s aims to build–together with consumers–an amazing and self-sufficient refugee/immigrant community that contributes economically, socially, and spiritually to the civic life of Greater Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, while sustaining those aspects of their own traditional values and culture that strengthen families.

All for All
The All for All Coalition is an immigrant inclusion initiative powered by The Global Switchboard. They aim to connect people, organizations, and communities to actions that build a welcoming and inclusive region for all. Driven by collaboration with community and cross-sector partners, we aim to advance economic opportunity, break down barriers, and further immigrant inclusion across the Pittsburgh region. The All for All Coalition is guided by the Immigrant Community Blueprint, a comprehensive community-designed plan for Allegheny County. All For All
ARYSE supports immigrant and refugee youth to become prepared, engaged, and confident members of the Greater Pittsburgh community. The signature program of ARYSE is Pittsburgh Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment (PRYSE) Academy, a three-week summer program led by high school and college students for refugee and immigrant youth that combines academic classes, creative expression workshops, and civic engagement.
Center for Hearing & Deaf Services - PLAN

HDS’s Pittsburgh Language Access Network (PLAN) provides spoken language interpreting services to organizations and companies throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region. PLAN

Global Wordsmiths

Global Wordsmiths is a full-service language translation and interpretation services in the Greater Pittsburgh Area with a social mission to improve language access by donating profits and training volunteers.

Hello Neighbor

Hello Neighbor works to improve the lives of refugees and immigrants by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives.

Literacy Pittsburgh
Literacy Pittsburgh creates better lives through learning. Recognized as a national leader in adult and family literacy, Literacy Pittsburgh is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny County. Last year, Literacy Pittsburgh helped 5,100 individuals acquire reading, writing, math, English language, digital literacy and workforce skills so they may reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their communities.
Red Cross of Greater Pennsylvania

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter serves Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington counties. counties, and also functions as the headquarters of the 61-county Greater Pennsylvania Region. Their services include disaster relief, service to armed forces, biomedical donations, training programs, and international services.


SHIM has been providing food, clothing and services to people in need in Pittsburgh’s southern suburban neighborhoods for around 50 years. Faced with unprecedented new levels of suburban poverty, SHIM is expanding its work to include more neighbors helping more neighbors in need. Together, with teams of dedicated volunteers, donors and partners, we’re working to reduce the devastating effects of suburban poverty among the working poor, unemployed, families, single parents, senior citizens, women, and the high concentration of refugee families in our service area.