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

  • Apr 21, 2016
     Don’t miss the opportunity to join us on May 22nd for a lively discussion with award-winning author, Rishi Reddi, about her richly-themed short story, “Karma”, of two immigrant brothers in the Boston area.

     
  • 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.