We are making a positive and substantial impact in the lives of immigrants and refugees in Boston MetroWest, many of whom are living at or below the poverty level, through our dinner program. Each week that Framingham English is in session, we provide nutritious take home dinners for our students and their families. Our students have been so grateful for these dinners and the accompanying benefit it provides to their families.
A Hospitality Common Educational Community
Hospitality Common offers a full academic year of English language classes, including fall and spring semesters, a summer session and January Term. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7pm-8:30pm. Classes are held at the Greater Framingham Community Church, 44 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA. Immigrants, refugees and others who would benefit greatly from English instruction for everyday use are welcome.
Join us for dinner, discourse and discussion. The PIA Forum is an occasional gathering where friends and neighbors are invited to share a meal, gain insight and have conversation around topics of importance for our local community and beyond. The PIA Forum meets quarterly. Our next forum is scheduled for March 22 in Framingham, MA.
Hospitality Common plans to launch a community learning center in Boston Metrowest to assist urban and minority children and youth with their schoolwork and to assist their parents in the work-family balance.
Our future educational program will strive to provide opportunities for students to acquire a strong, positive self-image and to develop appropriate social, academic, and decision-making skills. Treated as individuals, students are accepted and encouraged to develop according to their potential.
Each student is taught the value of learning from one another as well as with one another.
Our future goals also include transitional housing for refugees that will provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment before permanent residence is secured for individuals and families. This will be accomplished mainly through supporting, advising, and/or facilitating the establishment of ‘hospitality houses’, a kind of group home housing approximately 12 refugee guests at a time. Homes will also include a resident host family, staff and a select group of volunteers, who will create and maintain a hospitable, resourced, and well-managed environment. The home will also serve as a conduit for a wider circle of managed community volunteers.