The Welcome Project's mission is to strengthen civic and community life in Somerville by diminishing racism and empowering the city's refugee and immigrant groups. We create opportunities for residents of all backgrounds to work together to improve their social, economic, and personal well-being.
The Welcome Project is a community-based initiative that began in the Mystic Public
Housing Development of Somerville, Massachusetts in 1987. As new residents were
arriving from Haiti, Central America, Viet Nam and other parts of the world,
many were victims of discrimination and harassment. The founders of the Welcome
Project, a dedicated group of tenants and community members, came together to
welcome and support our new residents. Over the past twenty one years, our organization
has evolved to work with the immigrant community throughout the city, while continuing
to be closely linked with Mystic Housing residents.