aka The Welcome Project   |   Somerville, MA   |
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EIN: 04-3088140


The Welcome Project builds the collective power of immigrants to participate in and shape community decision through programming that strengthen the capacity of immigrant youth, adults, and families to advocate for themselves and influence schools, government, and other institutions that shape our lives. TWP’s culturally responsive approach builds on immigrants’ existing strengths to forge connections across language and culture, helping immigrants find success and community in their new city.

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Principal Officer

Walter Mena

Main address

530 Mystic Ave Suite #111

Somerville, MA 02145 USA

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Subject area info

ESL and second language acquisition

Ethnic and racial minority rights

Youth organizing


Immigrant services

Population served info


Young adults

Older adults

Immigrants and migrants

Ethnic and racial groups

NTEE code info

Minority Rights (R22)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

LIPS (Liaison Interpreter Program of Somerville)

Promoting the educational aspirations of youth from immigrant families has had a special role in our organization since the early years. Today, half of the students in Somerville Public Schools are from families where English is not the first language spoken at home. The Youth Aspirations Program focuses on helping immigrant youth reach their full potential by providing academic enrichment, support for youth preparing to enter college or the work force, and hands-on civic engagement projects on community issues of concern to immigrant youth. We do this through weekly sessions, high school students learn about the college process and share their knowledge and skills with their peers and families.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Immigrants and migrants

The Welcome Project offers accessible and friendly English classes. Our morning class offers childcare
through partnership with the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative. Like our morning classes, our evening classes meet twice a week over 28 weeks throughout the year. We infuse our classes with special topics of interest and concern to residents, including schools, jobs and work issues, health access and housing.

Our English For Parents course is another branch of our ESOL education, with an emphasis on increasing on parental participation in their child's education. EFP is operated in conjunction with Medford and Somerville Public Schools and is available for parents with children enrolled in those systems.

Population(s) Served

Starting in 2020, the Somerville Workers Center was born out of a need within our community to take a more proactive effort to speak out and ensure more resources were coming to our immigrant workers. SWC works with community partners such as MassCOSH, the MIRA coalition, and the Brazilian Workers Centers to support those who have been injured on the job, are suffering harassment from employers and facing threats of retaliation for speaking out. We are a founding member of the Somerville Wage Theft Advisory Committee, and provide free advocacy training and information on the rights of workers to all.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Immigrants and migrants

As an outgrowth of the LIPS program, The Welcome Project provides workshops and advising to first generation and immigrant youth who aspire to attend college or are looking for advice on starting out in the professional world. We provide guidance on how to create a resume and a college application, how to apply for financial aid, and organize trips to local colleges. We also offer one-on-one counseling and mock interviews to assist students. Students from all grades of high school are encouraged to join.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2021 2011 TWP FInancial Statements 6.30.11 2010 TWP Financial Review 6.30.10
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.16 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of WELCOME PROJECT INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $24,109 $4,227 -$51,539 -$111,715 $158,844
As % of expenses 16.2% 1.3% -11.1% -16.3% 23.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $24,109 $4,071 -$52,727 -$111,715 $158,844
As % of expenses 16.2% 1.3% -11.3% -16.3% 23.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $208,414 $323,994 $484,933 $989,200 $966,254
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 0.0% 49.7% 104.0% -2.3%
Program services revenue 8.9% 2.9% 1.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.3%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 69.2% 29.4%
All other grants and contributions 91.1% 96.2% 98.9% 28.9% 70.3%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $148,471 $319,767 $464,862 $684,250 $685,809
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 0.0% 45.4% 47.2% 0.2%
Personnel 62.6% 76.8% 55.4% 40.7% 50.1%
Professional fees 0.0% 3.7% 5.3% 14.8% 5.5%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 37.4% 19.5% 39.4% 44.5% 43.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $148,471 $319,923 $466,050 $684,250 $685,809
One month of savings $12,373 $26,647 $38,739 $57,021 $57,151
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $3,125 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $160,844 $349,695 $504,789 $741,271 $742,960

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 12.1 4.8 6.2 4.0 8.4
Months of cash and investments 12.1 7.0 7.5 5.7 10.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.3 7.4 3.7 0.6 8.1
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $150,055 $127,111 $240,877 $227,172 $480,164
Investments $0 $60,101 $50,132 $99,273 $120,485
Receivables $10,182 $41,272 $14,955 $202,041 $243,477
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $17,424 $17,424 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 83.0% 89.8% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 28.8% 14.6% 29.6% 2.5% 5.2%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $198,964 $146,237 $32,741 $462,701
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $71,610 $485,993 $337,153
Total net assets $115,254 $198,964 $217,847 $518,734 $799,854

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Walter Mena

Warren is a Somerville resident with twenty five experience in non-profit program development, fundraising, and communications. Before joining The Welcome Project, Warren served as a Program Director at Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), a Roxbury-based environmental justice organization. Before that, Warren was a program manager at Tufts University's Lincoln Filene Center.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 08/30/2023
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Board co-chair

Jessica Galimberti

No affiliation

Term: 2019 - 2023

Board co-chair

Lutanuis Renaudin

Susan Ostrander

Tufts University, Department of Sociology

Martin Cawsey

Laura Brooks

Min Ma

Tim Groves

Georgiana Chevry

Bob Dempkowski

Angie Mejia

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/14/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/14/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.