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

  • Aug 10, 2016
    Students prepare for Photo Exhibition on August 5

    See the photos students captured as part of the identity and culture summer program on Facebook. Thank you to Randi Freundich, Alison Kuah, and Shana Merrifield for a successful program!

    Caption: Students prepare for Photo Exhibition on August 5


  • Aug 8, 2016
    Join our Adult ESOL Classes.

    Registration is on Tuesday, August 30 9:30am and 6:00pm or Wednesday, August 31, 9:30am and 6:00pm at the Mystic Activity Center, 530 Mystic Ave., Somerville, MA 02145. Please arrive on time. Registration and testing will take 2 hours to complete.

    Classes begin the week of September 12th. 8 classes are available, morning and evening.
    $50 for 14 weeks.
    $25 for textbooks.
    Scholarships available.

    If you have any questions please contact Gillian Burleson, Adult Education Coordinator
    phone: 617-623-6633 
  • Aug 1, 2016
    Join us at The Welcome Project on Friday, August 5 at 12:15pm-1:15pm for the students' final photo exhibition. Working with professional photographer Randi Freundich, students have explored identity and culture through digital media. Their culminating projects are a three-part photo series and digital stories. Please RSVP by emailing