News & Notes

  • Jul 14, 2017
    Jessica Cassel, whose mother is an immigrant from Brazil, is one of The Welcome Project’s 33 ESOL volunteer teachers.  She joined our team last year. Jessica teaches our intermediate English courses and loves the work she is doing. She emphasized that the special thing about teaching at The Welcome Project is how energizing it is to be with the students. She noted, “students really want to learn” and that the best part about her work is “hearing their stories and just developing great relationships with the students.”
  • May 5, 2017
    Race and ethnicity continue to play a factor within our nation and our politics. Although many refuse to discuss race, facts show race matters. If we focus on improving immigration for
    Latino’s, Syrian Refugees, Muslims, and other disenfranchised groups, we will improve immigration for all groups. A comprehensive immigration plan includes not separating families, but developing a pathway to citizenship, and a better policy on refugees.
  • Apr 25, 2017
    The Welcome Project has been busy with political activism and community organizing this Spring. Part of our programing involved organizing two “Know Your Rights” workshops to help prepare Somerville youth for encounters with law enforcement. Solina, a teen who is a member of our  LIPS program -- the liaison interpreters program of somerville -- had a good experience with the workshop series; she noted, “people do not know what to do and what their rights are so we learn as teenagers if something bad happens, we know what to do."