News & Notes

  • Apr 15, 2016
    The Volunteer Mental Health Advocate program (VHMA) started this past September at The Welcome Project by BU intern, Jasmin Choi. The VMHA serves as both a weekly class and life-skill/support group that focuses on addressing the stigma surrounding mental health specifically in the immigrant community of Somerville. Members of the class learn to serve as community advocates and facilitate dialogue about mental health issues in their communities.
  • Apr 10, 2016

    This summer The Welcome Project will be part of a community-based participatory research project headed by members of the UEP (Urban & Environmental Policy) department at Tufts University. The project, currently known as, “Residents’ Experiences of Gentrification in Somerville: A Community-Led Listening and Learning Pilot Project,” aims to understand how Somerville immigrant and low-income residents are experiencing gentrification and development in Somerville.

  • Mar 2, 2016

    Last week the LIPS program finished off the last of three simultaneous interpreting workshops taught by Karen Narefsky, a member of Boston Interpreter’s Collective. The organization has been working with the Welcome Project’s LIPS program for about six years now providing students with the tools to simultaneously interpret as well as engage with multilingual justice. As Narefsky puts it, “interpreting is not just a service, it’s a step towards justice in that everyone should be able to participate [in a community] in the language of their hearts and minds.”