What We Do

The New Neighbors Partnership matches refugee, asylee, and asylum-seeking families with local New York City families who have slightly older kids and can pass on hand-me-down clothing donations on a regular basis. This initiative provides ongoing support to families who usually receive (at most) three months of government agency assistance when they first arrive in the United States.


Kids grow quickly, families have continuous need for children's clothing, and New York City non-profits lack the manpower to run continuous clothing drives and sort donations, as well as the space to store donations - with the NNP, clothes go directly from the families that have them to the families that need them.

Additionally, more than half of clothing ends up in a landfill within a year of being manufactured. Ensuring clothes are reused protects our environment from needless waste. 


Hand-me-down partnerships have been established between New York families and newly-resettled families from 32 countries, including Afghanistan, Guinea, Ukraine, Central African Republic, China, Ghana, Egypt, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Chad, the Philippines, Tajikistan, Burkina Faso, Russia, El Salvador, Tanzania, Guatemala, Haiti, Nigeria, Venezuela, and Azerbaijan. 

Mother from Ukraine

THANK YOU for all your support and help for us during this hard year (new country, new job, new apartment, new school, no friends, everything from square one)... I literally was blindsided by generosity of people who even don't know me...we appreciate it very much! 

Father from Chad

Thank you very much, my wife and I are so grateful to you. Thanks again for all your donations. May God bless you for it.

Mother from Pakistan

Thank you so much for everything - it was all the things which I need. I appreciated your support, its not forgettable. Once again thank you so much for helping us.


[My client] is humbled by the generosity that has been extended to her and her family.

She also feels very blessed to have been chosen to be helped by this group. It has served to restore her hope for tomorrow.

On behalf of the family, many thanks and may God continue to bless the work that the organization does. The impact that it has had on this one family is priceless.

Iris Arzu

Program Assistant

Iris Arzu is from Honduras and currently working toward her degree at Hostos College. She speaks English and Spanish.

Liana Popova

Financial Officer

Liana Popova holds a masters in engineering. She is from Ukraine, where she also worked as an accountant, and now lives with her husband and three son in New York.


Shoshana Akabas 

Founder, Executive Director

Shoshana Akabas holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University and has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S. and Middle East.

Emily Moore


Dr. Emily Moore holds a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center. She is an English teacher and Brooklyn-based mother of two.

Amany Soliman

Program Manager

Amany Soliman holds a masters in public policy and has a background in business and accounting. She moved to the U.S. from Egypt in 2018. 

Our Team

In the News

How to Volunteer or Donate to Help Others This School Year

The New York Times / August 2020

Letter to the Editor - Coronavirus in America: A Highlight Reel

The New York Times / April 2020

Big Hearts in Hard Times

How the Refugee Crisis Unites America / April 2020


Service Spotlight: New Neighbors Clothing Partnership

The Smile Project / January 2020

Shoshana Akabas Welcomes Refugees in New York through Her Family-Match Program, New Neighbors Clothing Partnership

The Pollination Project / November 2019

Grant Announcement: New Neighbors Clothing Partnership

The Awesome Foundation / April 2019

Our Non-Profit Partners

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