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

  • Jun 27, 2016
    We at the Welcome Project were deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of Jim Green after a long illness. Jim was a longtime generous supporter of the Welcome Project. He served as a board member from 2000 to 2009 and as Chair of the Board from 2005 to 2009. 

    He was a Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Boston from 1977 until he retired in 2014. A celebrated labor historian, Jim authored many books and articles including (2006) Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America (New York: Pantheon Books). His most recent book (2015) The Devil is Here in These Hills: West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom (New York: Grove Atlantic) is also the subject of a documentary film. 

    We will miss him and we hold his family in our thoughts. The family welcomes visitors at 72 Mt. Vernon St. in Somerville on June 30 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at an as yet undetermined future time.‚Äč
  • Development without Displacement
    Apr 20, 2016
    The Welcome Project had the chance to sit down with Van Hardy, member of Union United, to learn more about the community benefits agreement (CBA) and the issues the organization faces regarding development in Union Square and surrounding areas. Union United is working to channel development, in anticipation of the extension of the green line, in ways that prevent displacement and provide mechanisms for people to stay in their communities. However, gentrification and displacement is already happening and community-led organizations like Union United have not had much say in the decision process thus far.
  • VHMA presents to ESOL class
    Apr 15, 2016
    The Volunteer Mental Health Advocate program (VHMA) started this past September at The Welcome Project by BU intern, Jasmin Choi. The VMHA serves as both a weekly class and life-skill/support group that focuses on addressing the stigma surrounding mental health specifically in the immigrant community of Somerville. Members of the class learn to serve as community advocates and facilitate dialogue about mental health issues in their communities.