immigration

Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: The Welcome Project

The Welcome Project has been opening doors for immigrants since 1987. The non-profit organization, located in the Mystic Valley Public Housing Development, does just what its name implies: help immigrant residents feel welcome in Somerville through various classes, programming, and invitations to safe spaces.  But it’s not just another classroom; its work goes a step […]


Will Mbah Brings An Immigrant Perspective to the City Council

When Will Mbah attended community meetings, he often glanced around the room and noticed missing voices. He was frequently one of the only immigrants in the audience at the meetings, he says—which seemed problematic for a city whose population is almost 25 percent foreign-born. Now an at-large city councilor, Mbah aims to ensure that conversations […]