Making a Difference

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

Sister Barbara Sullivan

It is with deep sadness we report the passing of one of our co-founders, Sister Barbara Sullivan, a Sister of Charity, on April 13, 2020. Sister Barbara (seen here holding a plaque) along with Sister Helen O’Leary (on the left in the photo) founded our agency in 1987 as the Seton Asian Center. MVIEC’s board of directors, staff and many, many immigrants are profoundly grateful for her guidance, support and all of the lives she touched.

James Bowers

The Merrimack Valley Immigrant & Education Center (MVIEC) is very sad to share that Attorney James Bowers passed away unexpectedly on April 19th. Jim was a respected attorney in the Merrimack Valley and joined the Asian Center in 2006. He served as chairman of the board for many years and continued his work for MVIEC as a member of the board. Jim was committed to improving the lives of immigrants and believed strongly in our mission. He frequently volunteered and supported the Center. Jim’s passing was unrelated to the ongoing pandemic, but current social distancing protocols prevent traditional services at this time. He will be remembered fondly within the MVIEC community and we look forward to commemorating his legacy at the center in the future.

COVID-19 Information

MVIEC classes are suspended until May 18th because of the COVID-19 virus. If you have questions call 978-683-7316 and leave a message or email

Get the latest facts by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 website. Continue to practice good health habits, refrain from handshakes or hugs as greetings, and wash hands and clean surfaces appropriately.

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.
10 weeks, once per week
$50 fee (optional textbook $25)
Wednesday 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Thursday 6:00 to 8:00 PM

English Classes

We offer two Level 1 and two Level 2 ESOL classes with up to 15 students in each class. Instructors work with the entire class, as well as identify individual needs of students.
ESOL I and II Classes
12 weeks, $100 fee
Monday & Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuesday & Thursday Classes
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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.

Youth Workshops

Our Youth Writing Program is open to 6th - 10th 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
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Six week summer session
July to August
$10 registration
Free to Lawrence residents

English at Work

We offer English classes for the workplace. These classes are free to residents of Lawrence.
Ongoing sessions
Tuesday and Thursday
9:00-11:30 AM or 12:15-2:45 PM.
Free to Lawrence residents


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

Cummings Foundation
Rogers Family Foundation
Stevens Foundation
Saab Family Trust
TD Bank Charitable Fund
Margaret Collins Trust
City of Lawrence
See the full list here