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

  • Dec 11, 2016
    This past month, the board of The Welcome Project was busy selecting new members. To shed some light on the process as well as the general functions of the board, we talked to TWP board president, Cesar Urrunaga. Cesar emphasized that there was nothing like The Welcome Project for his parents to help orient them to the US system. This partially fuels Cesar’s commitment to TWP and the immigrant community of Somerville.
  • Dec 1, 2016
    “America is already great, because people connect with each other, support each other, and look for a way to live together.” -Felix D. Arroyo

    The Welcome Project celebrated Hispanic heritage month in October by hosting Latin Night, an evening of art and civic engagement. The night’s highlight was when Felix Arroyo, Register of Suffolk Probate and Family court, gave a talk about what it means to him to celebrate Hispanic heritage month.
  • Nov 22, 2016

    On Thursday, November 10th, 2016 members of The Welcome Project, Union United, and other community members presented the need for a Community Benefit Agreements (CBA) to the City of Somerville Board of Alderman. In a packed community room, about twenty community members stepped up to speak over the course of two and a half hours about the reasons why a CBA is important for the City of Somerville and the developer, US2, to recognize before approving zoning for the redevelopment of Union Square.