Refugees Welcome! is a 501(c)3 nonprofit embedded in the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Peace, Development, and Democracy. [RW!]’s mission is to strengthen and streamline immigrant and refugee services across the greater Boston area. The organization does this by engaging with migrant service providers through a participatory line of inquiry to solve the most pressing issues facing migrants in our city. [RW!] serves as a platform for organizing immigrant and refugee services, provides capacity building trainings for organizations, advocates for the expansion of immigrant and refugee services, and assists service providers by helping to fill any programmatic gaps through connecting them with resources, developing new initiatives, and supporting their work.
To assist refugee service providers, Refugees Welcome! focuses on five thematic areas (or teams); Research, Communication, Capacity Building, Technology, and Grant Writing and Fundraising. Board Members, Research Fellows, and Interns work on specific teams to develop programmatic activities that are geared towards our clients’ needs.