Who We Are
The Welcome Project builds the collective power of immigrants to participate in and shape community decision through programming that strengthen the capacity of immigrant youth, adults, and families to advocate for themselves and influence schools, government, and other institutions.
Our programs provide the training and the platform for immigrants to participate more fully in civic life and have a powerful presence in the schools, city government, and other institutions that shape our lives. TWP’s culturally responsive approach builds on immigrants’ existing strengths to forge connections across language and culture, helping immigrants find success and community in their new city.
The Welcome Project’s annual fundraiser is April 2, 2020. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating our local immigrant communities and the tireless work of our volunteers!
“There’s always glitches and bumps along the way,” adult ESOL coordinator Gillian Burleson said, “but the positive energy and the way students bonded together is very encouraging.”
Leadership: Maria Cruz
Marcia Cruz came to the US at the age of 21. She wanted to stretch her wings, having been forbidden to advance to higher education by her father, and not being allowed to work anywhere but her father’s factory...
Support a fair contract for paraprofessionals in Somerville Public Schools
Somerville Response Network
Since its launch in March 2018, the Somerville Response Network has remained an active resource for immigrant residents, having been developed by The Welcome Project as a system to be employed in the event of ICE raids in the city. Creators have said it is their hope to never have to use the program, but to be ready and prepared in case it is needed.
Through The Welcome Project, I found the courage to speak at city hall about the impact of gentrification.