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

  • Jan 21, 2016

    The film script is based on James Green’s book, The Devil is Here in These Hills: West Virginia’s Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2015). Tune in on January 26 from 9-11pm when more than 200 PBS Stations will broadcast "The Mine Wars" in the premier show of the American Experience Series for 2016.


  • Nov 12, 2015
    By Cooper McKim
    “I can’t really identify why I’m obsessed with [interpreting].  But I think everybody’s got their thing, their mission, or their purpose.”  Danyal Najmi is an interpreter who speaks four languages beyond English and is currently working on his fifth, Mandarin.  He loves interpretation and is moving on to become a full-time freelance interpreter.  He’s leaving his position as the LIPS (Liasion Interpreter Program of Somerville) program coordinator here at the Welcome Project this week.  Danyal is quick to point out that he loved his time here and will not be a stranger.
  • Nov 12, 2015
    By Cooper McKim
    “I absolutely hate when I don’t understand things, so helping others understand is amazing, that’s what I love doing.” That’s Estefany Ramos, a senior at Medford High School.  It’s been her dream to interpret for people ever since she was a little girl.  She would even practice in her head at church, just to improve.  Through the LIPS program, she gets to interpret at community events all over Somerville “and now I’m living the dream.”