Bringing Communities Together
ANSAR of Pittsburgh began in April 2016 as an effort to help a refugee family adjust to life in the United States. By December 2016 ANSAR of Pittsburgh was assisting 55 refugee families, welcoming each family with a food basket and household items. Our staff are all volunteers and our resources are based on community donations and the good will of community members.
ANSAR was founded as a nonprofit organization in December, 2016. In April 2017 ANSAR was providing services to over 61 refugee and immigrant families. Much of ANSAR’s strength lies in its employees and volunteers who share a common background and experiences with the individuals they are trying to help. We have eight volunteering staff, five board members and more than fifteen volunteers working with our clients.
We as an organization are driven by a desire to build a strong foundation of support and resources for immigrants to integrate and acclimate successfully to their new social roles. We run various programs that range from educational services, social services, events, cultural awareness, immigration services, financial assistance and career development. We strive to promote an understanding and tolerance of cultural differences to the mutual benefit and empowerment of immigrants and their communities.
ANSAR of Pittsburgh is the leading organization assisting second migration of refugee families moving from other states to Western PA. Starting October 2018 to April 2020, ANSAR assisted more than 50 families moving to Allegheny County with housing, furniture, financial assistance, social services applications, school registration, health care appointments, job training, and among other services legal representation.