Making a Difference

We serve immigrant and refugee families through outreach and educational programs to assist them in becoming productive members of the community.

MVIEC Office

Our office is open from Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Visit our offices to learn more about our English and citizenship courses. Or call 978-683-7316 or email to sign up for a class.

Citizenship Classes

From gathering the necessary information and documents needed to complete their applications to meeting individually with prospective citizens and assisting them as they prepare for their exam and interview, the program gently guides its participants through a seemingly overwhelming process ensuring that they stay the course and attain their citizenship status.

$75 fee (optional textbook $25)
Wednesday 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Thursday 6:00 to 8:00 PM
In person classes with small number of students.

English Classes

We offer Level 1 and Level 2 ESOL classes. Instructors work with the entire class, as well as identify individual needs of students. Classes take place twice a week in the mornings and evenings. Starting May 3, we offer monthly ESOL Level 1 courses. Classes are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9:00-11:30 am or evenings 6:00-8:30 pm. The cost is $50 for a 4-week session.


English at Work

We offer English classes for the workplace. These classes are sponsored by the City of Lawrence and are free to residents of Lawrence ($125 for others).

Youth Workshops

Our Youth Writing Program is open to 7th - 11th grade students. In a 12 session summer workshop, they will be exposed to various types of writing and explore many styles and examples. Hands on work will include writing assignments, group sharing and project rewrites. Students are encouraged to rely on their personal experiences by writing about families, and telling their stories as recent immigrants and as children of first generation immigrants and refugees.

Ongoing Monthly Workshops
Third Wednesday of each month
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Online distance learning

Elder Services

Our case managers provide advocacy, translation services, access to social services, and translation support for medical appointments. They collaborate with Elder Services of Merrimack Valley and the Lawrence Senior Center to link seniors to life-saving and preventative services that help seniors prosper in the community.


Our operations are supported by generous contributions from local and national organizations, including:

Cummings Foundation
Rogers Family Foundation
Stevens Foundation
DCU for Kids
TD Bank Charitable Fund
Margaret Collins Trust
City of Lawrence
The Women's Fund of Essex County
See the full list here