The Welcome Project builds the collective power of Somerville immigrants to participate in and shape community decisions. We do this through programs that strengthen the capacity of immigrant youth, adults and families to advocate for themselves and influence schools, government, and other institutions.

We are based at the Mystic Public Housing Development, and we work with immigrants throughout the city. Our efforts combine services, leadership development and opportunities for civic engagement -- from our interpreter training program for bilingual youth (Liaison Interpreter Program of Somerville or LIPS) to English Classes that help adult learners to navigate a new culture and community  to our Summer Youth "Culture Camp." Explore these pages to learn more.

Latest Updates

  • Nov 3, 2016
     The Welcome Project is launching a College Access Workshop aimed at supporting high schoolers through the college admissions process. Join us every Friday to learn how to research colleges, navigate the Common App, write an effective essay, and apply for financial aid!

  • Oct 24, 2016
    Mahesh joined The Welcome Project as a teacher’s aide in the Fall of 2015 and because of the generous contributions from our community, he continues to work as an aide in our beginner English classes. Mahesh grew up in Katmandu, Nepal where he studied aviation engineering and worked as an engineer on a British aircraft company. Mahesh is a founding member of the Prakashmuni English Boarding School (PEBS), a school of 90 students located in a rural mountainside village in Nepal.
  • Oct 20, 2016
    Thanks to First Literacy, we are running a yearlong Computer Literacy class which is helping immigrants more easily integrate and use modern technology in their daily lives. The class is being offered for students in our Adult ESOL Program. In the fall semester, we are focusing on building basic computer skills.