Vision and Goals
Chelsea Thrives is a cross-sector collaborative launched in 2014 that seeks to reduce crime by 30% over ten-years and improve our community’s sense of safety. Thrives has the unique advantage of being a partnership of Chelsea’s 25 leading private and public sector institutions working in conjunction with residents to change the systems affecting social drivers of crime and sense of safety in Chelsea.
Building capacity and expanding services to prevent and reduce violence among our high-risk residents within four areas: building community capacity for trauma informed practices led by MGH Chelsea Healthcare Center; expanding youth violence prevention programs; supporting community engagement in support of community safety; evidence-based crime prevention and intervention through the CPD-led Chelsea Hub and COR, and Roca’s tested youth Intervention Model serving high-risk youth.
One of the major system changes that came about through Thrives is The Hub, a system to intervene before a crime happens. Chelsea Police Department leads a weekly meeting of twenty state and local organizations, all volunteering to come to the table to share resources and increase efficiency of interventions.
David Batchelor Captain, Community Service Division
“Upstream downstream. We do a great job of helping people downstream, when they have already hit rock bottom, so we’re trying to catch people when they are upstream before they hit that point.
The HUB is a round table of different agencies. It’s coordinated.”
2016 – Thrives secures $1 million for cross-partner programing from The U.S. Department of Justice’s Safe and Thriving Communities program.
2015 – Thrives coalesces around crime and safety issues. Chelsea HUB is launched as a weekly roundtable bringing Chelsea’s leading private and public sector institutions with the capacity to change the systems affecting safety in Chelsea.
2014 – Selected as one of the Working Cities Challenge winners by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
2013 – City launches targeted code enforcement as a strategy to improve housing conditions.
Community Enhancement Team (CET)
During the summer and fall of 2014, residents and community volunteers took to the streets of Shurtleff/Bellingham to take part in “Chelsea Shines” led by the CET, focusing on four streets: Marlboro, Grove, Bellingham and Shurtleff. 225 people participated in the monthly plantings, clean ups and a winter wreath distribution. After each event, community volunteers visited residents in homes near to that day’s activity, collecting 114 responses to a short five question survey. Overall, these residents reported strong reactions to the activities of Chelsea Shines, with 83% noticing the new plantings, 95% believing that the streets looked better than previous years, and 85% reporting less litter than previous years.
Chelsea Thrives Partners
Chelsea Police Department
City of Chelsea
Department of Mental Health
MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center
North Suffolk Mental Health
SOCIAL SERVICES, WELFARE
Chelsea Community Connections
The Neighborhood Developers
Chelsea Bank Chelsea
Chamber of Commerce
Metro Credit Union
Department of Children and Families
Department of Youth Services
Jordan Boys & Girls Club
Chelsea Housing Authority
Bunker Hill Community College
Chelsea Public Schools
Phoenix Charter Academy
Key Funding Partners
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston: Working Cities Challenge
The US Department of Justice: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
The City of Chelsea