Voices

Roca’s powerful outcomes are made up of young people’s small victories: one more gun dropped, one more day sober, one more trip to work on time and back home safe. Watch the transformation below.

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The only thing to do in the streets is rob. You always gotta carry a gun and it’s either jail or death, there’s no other way around it.”

— Mike

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Our work is out there on the streets. We meet the young person where they’re at.”

— Tha Thai, Assistant Director of Roca Boston

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99% of people become police because they want to help people. Sadly, because of all the negativity and trauma, they may lose that. But we can reset them and get them back to thinking about their purpose.”

— Dave Batchelor, Co-Director of Rewire4 by Roca

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People see more in me than I see in myself.

— Justin

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My life before Roca was a mess. … I can say I’m stable now.”

— Jalexis

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When I go outside it’s going to be to go to work … instead of doing the illegal things.”

— Sheldon

 

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Finally, an organization that’s out there on the streets doing what they say they’re doing.”

— Chief Rupert Daniels, Springfield Police Department

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It’s like a judgment-free zone here at Roca.”

— Sandra

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Fear [that’s] on all the time is trauma. Lucky for us, Roca gets that.”

— Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, Community Psychiatrist

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If it wasn’t for Roca, I don’t know what I would have done.”

— Briana

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From the first day … Roca was pretty annoying!”

— Deandre

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So many of [our young people] believe that shooting is a way of life, that guns are normal, and that dying young is just what happens.”

— Molly Baldwin, Roca CEO

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Working in the streets for three decades, Roca has helped thousands of young men change their lives. Here’s how.

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Roca finds the young women who are too angry, scared, and isolated to seek support, and helps them lift themselves out of violence and poverty.

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If something happens in the City, we’ll pick up the phone and call Roca.”

— Capt. Dave Batchelor, Chelsea Police Department

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