Making a Difference

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

GivingTuesday Fundraiser

Please donate to our GivingTuesday fundraiser, Donations made starting at 8:00 am EST on Tuesday, November 30th will get matching funds from Facebook.

Free Field Trip

Residents of Lawrence are invited to join the Merrimack Valley Immigrant & Education Center for a field trip to the Peabody Essex Museum on Friday, December 2nd from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. We will explore the museum and learn about the artwork, culture and history of the Yin Yu Tang: 200 year-old China House. There is no cost to residents but registration is a must. Call 978-683-7316 for bus details

This field trip is funded in part by the Lawrence Cultural Council and the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. 


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. The fee is $125. Fall classes start the week of September 13th.

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). Fall classes start the week of September 13th.
Tuesday and Thursday
9:00-11:30 AM

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
Fallon Health
TD Bank Charitable Fund
Margaret Collins Trust
City of Lawrence
See the full list here