‘They Immediately See Gangs’: From El Salvador To Boston, Helping Young People Shake Stigma And Feel Safe

October 23, 2018

President Trump has referred to members of the MS-13 gang as “animals” Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the gang is infiltrating the U.S., calling unaccompanied…

From: WBUR

He helps steer young men away from trouble with ‘love, time’

October 18, 2018

“This work is not 9 to 5,” says Tha Thai, a 41 year old who came to America with his family as a refugee from Cambodia in 1984. Today, he is the assistant director at Roca…

From: Dorchester Reporter

Hundreds Join Roca for Its 30th Anniversary Celebration Party

October 15, 2018

An outpouring of community love, relentlessness and transformation echoed around Park Street Wednesday as the region’s leaders joined hundreds of young…

From: Chelsea Record

Anti-Violence Nonprofit Roca Opens Holyoke Office

July 29, 2018

An organization committed to keeping young men out of the poverty-to-prison pipeline is expanding its presence in western Massachusetts. Roca has opened…

From: WAMC

Roca celebrates opening its doors in Holyoke for young men having trouble with the law

July 24, 2018

An organization aimed at keeping young people off the path to incarceration celebrated their opening in Holyoke Tuesday night. Edward De La Cruz, a…

From: WWLP 22News

Helping young men ‘going to jail or … going to die’: Grand opening planned for Roca’s Holyoke office

July 10, 2018

Roca, an organization committed to helping high-risk individuals, will hold a grand opening for its 384 High St., location July 24. The Holyoke agency works with male…

From: MassLive



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