MPPM student Sloane Davidson has been working overtime, above and beyond her class assignments, to help resettlement efforts as noted in the New York Times article, How You Can Help Refugees in the United States. Davidson, a native of Pittsburgh, has created a national database designed to help promote refugee resettlement and immigration service agencies including those in the Pittsburgh region.
She also recently produced a Valentine’s Day party where 300 Pittsburghers, including fellow GSPIA grad Mayor Bill Peduto, MPPM '11, came together to make Valentine’s Day cards of welcome, love and hope for refugees, immigrants and kids in need in Pittsburgh. Over 400 cards were distributed by Sloane and her team to 10 nonprofit organizations around Pittsburgh. She is taking this a step further by launching an organization, Hello Neighbor. The working mission statement is: Improving the lives of refugees and immigrants by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives. Applications will be launching soon. To read the full article, click here.