About the Welcome Project

The Welcome Project fulfills the mission of Neighbor to Neighbor by facilitating friendships and providing education for both newcomer immigrants and local community members.

Through this Program, Neighbor to Neighbor trains volunteer teams to be paired with newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers in St. Joseph County. Not only do volunteers practice welcoming newcomers through assisting with everyday needs such as transportation assistance and education, employment assistance, and meal sharing, to name a few, but the newcomers also welcome the volunteers into their own homes and lives. This mutual act of welcome cultivates empathy in the South Bend community.

Facilitating Friendships

Immigrant newcomers and local community members are matched in a 9-12 month cohort. Several community outings throughout the year offer a chance for newcomers and locals to mingle and enjoy the city together.

Providing Education

Volunteers are trained in cultural competence, tutoring English, and giving ongoing support. Newcomers are instructed through topical workshops and English language support.

Donate to the Welcome Project

In November of 2023, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County (CFSJC) awarded Neighbor to Neighbor a $25,000 matching grant to support the Welcome Project.

Around the same time, Neighbor to Neighbor was also awarded $10,000 from another grant, an amount that is eligible to go toward the CFSJC’s matching grant since it is funding the same project. 


In December 2023, Neighbor to Neighbor highlighted the scope and reach of the Welcome Project as part of its end-of-year giving matching campaign and met the goal of raising the remaining $15,000 of the CFSJC’s matching grant. Thank you to all who donated! 

The Welcome Project is a continuing program at Neighbor to Neighbor and donations are accepted at any time. 

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