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 and Covid-19

Our office is open to help with citizenship questions. Call 978-683-7316 to set up an appointment and please wear a mask if you are visiting the office. We will offer citizenship and English classes starting the week of  January 11. Classes will be in person with a small number of students. See below for the details of each 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.
January 11 to March 15
$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, as well as Workplace English classes. For the January 11 to March 29th term classes will be in person with a small number of students. Instructors work with the entire class, as well as identify individual needs of students.

12 weeks, $125 fee
Tuesday & Thursday
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

ESOL II 12 weeks, $125 fee
Monday & Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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 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

English at Work

We offer English classes for the workplace. These classes are free to residents of Lawrence ($125 for others).
For the next period of lessons, January 11 to March 29, the classes will be held in person but with small numbers of students.

Tuesday and Thursday
9:00-11:30 AM


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

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