Roca stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.


Roca stands against racism and works relentlessly for justice for all.

At Roca, we believe justice is a verb. It is about what people do. The injustices we have witnessed in our communities and through the media bring to light the injustices too many have experienced for too long. Our commitment is to listen, to learn, and to take action through our daily work, with daily resolve, against daily injustice. To heal and move toward justice, it’s going to take all of us – young people, their families, community members, police officers and public leaders. We know this country can be different. We know that change is possible.

Thurgood Marshall (U.S. lawyer and Supreme Court justice, 1908-1993) on racism:

“We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust… We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.”

COVID-19 Updates

Response to COVID-19/Emergency Fund

Our high-risk young people are now more vulnerable than ever to poverty, trauma, and isolation. As an essential service, Roca is now delivering outreach and providing food and monetary support – all in compliance with strict social distancing guidelines – for 1,000 young people, and often their children, in 21 communities across Massachusetts and in Baltimore, Maryland.

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How we do it?


High-Risk Young Men Program

Roca helps young men leave streets and gangs and go to work

High-Risk Young Mothers Program

Roca helps young mothers get out of violence, go to work and care for their children


Eating Out: Outdoor, Indoor Dining Will Begin in Regal Form This Weekend

June 24, 2020

ROCA Crew members Ray Bennett and Elvin Martinez on Monday near the PORT Park were busy transforming pallets into parklets for the City’s outdoor dining effort, which begins this weekend…

FROM: Chelsea Record

Despite The Pandemic, Immigrants In Mass. Say They Are Afraid To Seek Medical Care

June 15, 2020

In early April, when Esmeralda*, a 24-year-old woman living in Chelsea, started feeling sick, she was too scared to be tested for COVID-19. Her temperature spiked…


Life on the bubble, then a pandemic

May 23, 2020

Whether we will continue to care about Chelsea is an open question now that the grim tallies there, and across the state, are dropping and the beaches are back. But before we move on, let’s meet Veronica…

FROM: The Boston Globe

Seen@ Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce 2020 Shining Stars Awards

March 12, 2020

The stars were aligned for the 35th anniversary Shining Stars Awards Gala at the Castle of Knights on Friday, March 6 with more than 250 in attendance…

FROM: MassLive



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Young Men Program, Springfield


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Young Mothers Program, Chelsea


Young Men Program, Springfield


Young Mothers Program, Chelsea



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