PITTSBURGH, PA (August 19, 2021) Mayor William Peduto announced today that the Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) and the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University has awarded a $30,000 grant to support the collaboration between the City’s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative and The Global Switchboard’s All for All Coalition.
Building on an existing partnership in coordinating supportive and welcoming services, Welcoming Pittsburgh and the All for All Coalition are applying the funds to implement a new model designed to better understand and address immigrant and refugee communities’ needs through the collaboration and coordination of public, nonprofit and community-based resources.
The model includes a series of direct discussions with immigrant and refugee individuals to better understand barriers to relationships with government and other resources, with particular emphasis on individuals who have recently arrived in Pittsburgh. Participants will be compensated through the funding and their responses will be used to determine what kinds of opportunities and services communities need.
"We are excited to advance our partnership with All for All to jump-start this program,” said Feyisola Akintola, Special Initiatives Manager for the Mayor’s Office of Equity. “Welcoming Pittsburgh convenes service providers and immigrant leaders, but this pilot allows us to speak directly with more international community members and as a result, allow their input to inform the services and the ways in which we communicate our work to lead to a more accessible government."
Through these community conversations, the collaborative effort between Welcoming Pittsburgh and the All for All Coalition will result in improved communication pathways between government and communities with better access to resources such as homeownership support, community health and safety training and workforce development programs.
Conversation responses will also be used by policymakers to gauge the effectiveness of immigrant and refugee-focused and general equity programs in the region.
"The work done by the All for All Coalition members is vital to make our region more inclusive,” said Lais Alexander, All for All Coalition Manager. “Along with the Welcoming Pittsburgh support, we have been experiencing increased initiatives within our network aiming to minimize the distance between communities, organizations, and government. We are excited to continue this partnership and the outcome of engaging with newcomers.”
Implementation of the new model of direct engagement has begun and will further expand the impact of the Welcoming Pittsburgh Roadmap, created under Mayor Peduto’s leadership by immigrant and refugee community stakeholders, that provides a plan for how city governments can best address barriers that directly impact our immigrant and refugee communities.