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 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.”
  • Apr 2, 2017
    With just four more days left until YUM, we are getting extremely excited for an evening celebrating our immigrant communities and those who work hard for immigrant justice. YUM promotes immigrant-run Somerville restaurants, highlighting contributions of the city's immigrant communities. The YUM 2017 restaurant of the year award will be presented to Sheila Foley from The Neighborhood Restaurant. Additionally, two community members are honored for their incredible work in the community. Below is a sneak peak of the awardees. It’s not too late to buy YUM tickets! Just follow this link.