News & Notes

  • Apr 15, 2015
    The Welcome Project is thrilled to recognize Franklin Dalembert with the Intercultural City Award at the 2015 YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City celebration. In 1991 there was one Haitian program in the city: Haiti Vision, a SCAT television show for which Franklin Dalembert served as a producer. Under his remarkable leadership, that show would eventually grow into the Haitian Coalition of Somerville, which incorporated as a non-profit in 1998 and remains a cornerstone of Somerville cultural organizations 17 years later.
  • Apr 1, 2015
    The Welcome Project is thrilled to recognize Lisa Brukilacchio with the Suzanne Sankar Founders Award at the 2015 YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City celebration. For over 30 years, Somerville resident Lisa Brukilacchio has worked to support immigrant communities in Somerville. Currently the director of the Somerville Health Agenda of the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), Lisa says her passion for working with immigrants grew out of another love: gardening.
  • Nov 24, 2014
    "I really do like to interpret. Every job I go to, I always say, 'I can't work Thursdays because that's when I'm interpreting."  This is Ingrid Lebron, a high school junior and Somerville resident.  She's in her second year learning to be a Spanish/English interpreter as part of LIPS – The Liaison Interpreters Program of Somervillle. She's enjoyed it so much, she's already talking about finding college programs for interpretation!