the welcome project

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 […]


‘How do we build community through this?’: Local Businesses React To Coronavirus

Small businesses, nonprofits, and arts establishments in Somerville have been seeing the effects of the coronavirus firsthand. As the city shuts down, it seems that no industry is exempt from the impact of the pandemic.  While some storefronts and organizations have temporarily closed their doors, others have chosen to take steps to reinforce their support […]


Striving for Inclusivity, One Interpretation at a Time

“What is multilingual justice?” The room of teens is quiet for a moment as they digest the question from interpreter Loreto Paz Ansaldo. The youths, part of the Liaison Interpreters Program of Somerville (LIPS), work with the two interpreters from the Boston Interpreters Collective to define the term. Their definition: “Equal rights and respect for […]


54 Things You Can do to Make Change in Somerville

Somerville is home to a veritable army of nonprofits, community organizations, meet-ups and groups working to make our little corner of the world a better place. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and want to do something right now, why not find other people who are doing something awesome and ask, “How can I help?” Here’s […]



Scenes and Signs From Saturday’s Sanctuary City Rally

A wind chill that had temps hovering around 15 degrees wasn’t enough to deter hundreds from gathering outside Somerville High School for Saturday morning’s “We Are One Somerville: Sanctuary City Rally.” In between chants of “This is what community looks like!” and bites of international fare from Somerville Arts Council Nibble entrepreneurs, attendees listened to speeches […]



It Takes A ‘Ville-age: Part IV

This is the fourth and final installment in our series highlighting local leaders in Somerville, which first appeared in our July/August issue. You can find part I here, part II here and part III here. “It feels like the city changes whenever we ride through it. You can ride your regular bike through Somerville, but then if you […]


New Year, Same Pols

When Elizabeth Weinbloom was running for Ward 6 Alderman last fall, she called herself “the U-Haul version of an ambulance chaser.” As hoards of renters set upon their new (and likely temporary) homes, she was eager to introduce herself and suggest they register to vote. Somerville is a city of renters, with up to two-thirds […]