Home Sweet Home 2020

Enjoy our second annual Home Sweet Home fundraiser in support of refugee families in Pittsburgh!

On Sunday, October 4th, 2020 we hosted our second annual (and first virtual) Home Sweet Home celebration!

Together, from our separate homes, we gathered as neighbors and raised over $34,000 for refugee families in Pittsburgh.

This year’s annual fundraiser looked a little different as we shifted to an online gathering due to COVID-19 for the safety and wellbeing of our community. While we missed seeing everyone face-to-face, this virtual event opened up the opportunity to share refugee stories, experience new cultures, and expand the celebration to an even wider community!

We had over 250 households from 35 cities, 16 states and 2 countries join the celebration to experience musical performances, refugee stories, African dancing and drumming, cooking tutorials, magic, guest appearances by the Governor and Mayor, and so much more!

Thank you to all who joined and supported us for this incredible community event, and for making Pittsburgh a place we can all call home.

If you missed Home Sweet Home, you can watch the full event at the link above, or view individual segments on our YouTube channel.

Signature Recipes

As you watch Home Sweet Home, we invite you to join in on the cooking tutorials and interactive activities for the whole family. You can also download the program booklet below to find signature recipes from two of our refugee home chefs to make delicious, traditional dishes for friends and family. Please enjoy this gift from our families to yours as they share a piece of their culture with you.


It’s Not Too Late To Support Your Newest Neighbors

Every ticket sold and donation made to Home Sweet Home goes toward supporting recently resettled refugee families in Pittsburgh through the work of Hello Neighbor. If you’d still like to donate to our annual fundraiser, it’s not too late! You can do so on the form in the sidebar, or in one of the eight ways below.


A Celebration of Culture & Community

Hoem Sweet Home 2020 featured some incredible local, and national, talents. The full talent line up included:

  • A Message From Hello Neighbor Mentors and Board Members, The Boehm Family
  • Mentorship Stories with Ahmad and the Chang Family
  • African Dancing and Drumming with Sankofa Village for the Arts
  • A Message From Mayor Bill Peduto
  • Turkish Coffee-Making with Khalil’s Middle Eastern Restaurant
  • Poetry Reading with City of Asylum
  • Mentorship Stories with Thaw Tar, Carl and Jessica
  • A Message From Duolingo
  • Musical Performance by Guy Meets Girl
  • At-Home Science Experiments with Lab Ratz
  • A Message From Board Chair, Jillian Wein Riley
  • A Message From Governor Tom Wolf
  • Make-Your-Own-Cocktail with Scratch Food & Beverage
  • A Message From Monthly Supporter, Sabrina Hersi Issa
  • A Special Musical Performance by Hello Neighbor Mentee, Dieudonne
  • Magic with Jon Tai
  • A Message From The Grable Foundation
  • Baking and Stories with Bakluva
  • A Message From USA for UNHCR
  • “I Am Different” Story Segment by Siraji and Sharing Our Story
  • A Message From Young Professionals Board Chair, Andrea Belen-Sandhorst

If you missied the show, you can relive the full evening at the link above, or check out each infividual talent segment on our YouTube channel.

We hope that you enjoy this year’s celebration of culture and community in support of our newest neighbors!

Home Sweet Home 2020 Sponsors

A special thanks to our Home Sweet Home 2020 Sponsors for making this event possible!


“Congratulations on such a wonderfully produced virtual fundraiser. The content was fantastic and the 90 mins flew by - it is no small feat to put on a compelling event like this during the pandemic and it was really well done.”
- Seema, Home Sweet Home 2020 Guest

“Last night’s fundraiser was really wonderful! Thank you for allowing me to be part of it!”
- Dalel, Home Sweet Home 2020 Talent

“I loved watching Home Sweet Home and had such a wonderful time. I look forward to attending in person next year!”
- Karenna, Home Sweet Home 2020 Guest

“Thank you so much; God bless you; I’m very very very happy!”
- Dieudonne, Home Sweet Home 2020 Talent & Mentee

“It was a wonderful show! I liked it so much, I watched it twice!”
- Hiba, Home Sweet Home 2020 Guest