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

  • Mar 2, 2017
    For the next twelve weeks, the Welcome Project will be piloting a new trauma and leadership program for our intermediate/advanced ESOL students and other interested members in the community. The program aims to help immigrant adults in our community develop their personal narratives as a way to heal from emotional trauma as well as empower themselves as leaders. Central to the program is the belief that the skills acquired in overcoming trauma are the same skills needed to be a strong leader...
  • Feb 28, 2017
    Recently, Laurie Goldman, a professor in the UEP (Urban & Environmental Policy) department at Tufts University trained our LIPS students as researchers for the Somerville Gentrification Project. Started in 2015, the Somerville Gentrification project aims to “understand how residents of Somerville perceive and experience gentrification in their neighborhoods. The LIPS students will play a vital role in the data collection as they will be surveying individuals in their native languages. The goal of the most recent training was to familiarize our LIPS students with the process of gentrification as well as research ethics and the project’s survey materials.

  • Feb 17, 2017
    Know anyone applying to college? Applying yourself? Come learn how to navigate the college application process with free one-on-one counseling! Read on for more details.