Chelsea Thrives

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.


Service Summary

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.

Chelsea Hub

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
Healthy Streets
MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center
North Suffolk Mental Health


Chelsea Community Connections
Salvation Army


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 Collaborative


Chelsea Housing Authority


Bay Cove/ASAP


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
NeighborWorks America