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

  • Oct 27, 2017

    The Welcome Project, along with CAAS (Community Action Agency of Somerville), and Indivisible Somerville is leading efforts in the creation of the Somerville Rapid Response Network, a collaboration to assist immigrant families affected by ICE raids. The network connects people to the various services in the cities with everything from trauma counseling to interpreters to food.

  • Aug 23, 2017
    Don’t miss the opportunity to join us for a lively discussion with writer, Jennifer De Leon, about her richly-themed short piece, “The White Space” which describes the relationship between U.S.-born De Leon and her Guatemala-born father as she helps him write his first resume.
  • Apr 2, 2017
    Throughout the month of march, our LIPS students participated as surveyors in the Somerville Gentrification Project. The project is run in part by Laurie Goldman from the Urban and Environmental Policy (UEP) department at Tufts University. After about a month and a half of surveying at various events, including our adult English classes, two LIPS students reported to have had great experiences and to have learned a lot. For example, Kenia, a LIPS student who lives in Somerville, found that “residents realize that they are being impacted by gentrification, but they feel like they can’t have a say in what happens because they feel powerless or like no one cares about what happens to them.”