Chelsea Collaborative Creating Pathways to Rewarding Encore Boston Harbor Careers

Chelsea Collaborative Creating Pathways  to Rewarding Encore Boston Harbor Careers

Chelsea Collaborative staff members are busy helping residents prepare for rewarding career opportunities at Encore Boston Harbor, slated to open in Everett this June. Encore Boston Harbor, the first five-star urban gaming resort in the U.S, plans to hire over 5,000 workers for a range of rewarding hospitality careers. For more information, visit encorebostonjobs.com.

More than 175 career-seekers participated in workshops in recent weeks alone on resume writing and how to create a Skillsmart profile. Skillsmart is a portal that helps match peoples’ interests with positions at Encore Boston Harbor. “We are proud to create pathways to better paying positions, so our residents can achieve better economic mobility, and don’t have to work two jobs just to make ends meet for them and their families,” said Sylvia Ramirez, Workforce Development Manager at Chelsea Collaborative.

Chelsea Collaborative is part of Encore Boston Harbor’s community action network. Encore Boston Harbor is committing $10 million over the next four years to support a wide range of social programs and civic institutions that will help those in need and improve the lives of residents in local communities.

Chelsea Collaborative is leading the Chelsea 500 coalition, which mission is to engage the City, businesses, and local non-profits to create a workforce pipeline so that 500+ residents can gain the skills and support necessary to apply for positions at Encore Boston Harbor. While Chelsea 500 capitalizes on the casino opening, its longer- term ambition is to build local workforce development capacity to improve Chelsea residents’ odds of securing employment in the near term, and to work with industry leaders to help diversify the employment options. Members of the coalition include City of Chelsea, Chelsea Collaborative, TND/Connect, Chelsea Housing Authority, Chelsea Recreation and Cultural Affairs Division, Bunker Hill Community College, Casino Action Network.

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Ribbon Cutting

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Roseann Bongiovanni and long time environmental justice member, David Prusky, cut the green ribbon on the new Chelsea GreenRoots headquarters on Marginal Street during a ceremony last Friday, Sept. 9. GreenRoots, formerly
Chelsea GreenSpace, formally spun off of the Chelsea Collaborative earlier in the summer and will focus more intensely on issues regarding the environment.

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City Council Passes Historic Measure

We congratulate the Chelsea City Council on its unanimous vote to enact a Wage Theft Ordinance,, becoming the first council in the state to pass this important legislation.

The ordinance will deal directly with the issue of wage theft and incidents of employers not paying minimum wage, not paying overtime, and withholding pay from employees.

As Chelsea labor leader Tony Hernandez said at Monday’s Council meeting, business in Chelsea must be about doing business right, and the Council’s action shows that it understands how vital the new Wage Theft Ordinance is to the city and its large immigrant population.

We agree with Chelsea Collaborative executive director Gladys Vega when she says that the passage of the ordinance was “a major victory for Chelsea.”

The City Council has set the precedent for other communities to follow and the councillors deserve commendation for their decisive vote that will help residents across the entire city.

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CTA Mother’s Day Celebration

CTA Mother’s Day Celebration

The City –Wide Tenant Association (CTA) of the Chelsea Collaborative hosted the second annual Mother’s Day Celebration this past Friday, May 8, for the tenants in the Margolis and Mace Public Housing Developments. CTA aims at educating and strengthening tenants in public housing through tenant councils, so that they themselves can defend their rights as needed. At t

Gladys Vega, director of the Chelsea Collaborative, helped to give Mildred Valentin, president of Margolis Tenants Council, a makeover for Mother’s Day last Friday, May 8. A team of volunteers from Chelsea helped the City-Wide Tenant Association (CTA) mothers to get primped and pampered for Mother’s Day. It’s the second year that the effort to honor mothers has taken place.

Gladys Vega, director of the Chelsea Collaborative, helped to give Mildred Valentin, president
of Margolis Tenants Council, a makeover for Mother’s Day last Friday, May 8. A team of volunteers from Chelsea helped the City-Wide Tenant Association (CTA) mothers to get primped and pampered for Mother’s Day. It’s the second year that the effort to honor mothers
has taken place.

he same time they focus on creating a sense of community within these developments and help build confidence for these low income families.

This past Friday that’s exactly what was accomplished, as elderly, disabled and many home bound women, some with limited communication with family or friends, got access to a team of volunteers that gave them total makeovers for Mother’s Day. Pampering them with new hair styles, manicures and even massages, these ladies left feeling fabulous with a huge boost of self esteem and energy, coordinators said.

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Recognizing the Great Work of the Chelsea Collaborative

Recognizing the Great Work of the Chelsea Collaborative

The Chelsea Collaborative will host its 26th Annual Holiday Gala tonight (Thursday) at Spinelli’s in East Boston.

They will honor the unsung heroes in our community who in their words, “have brought significant accomplishments toward social, environmental, and economic justice for Chelsea.”

But while the Collaborative is the awards presenter, it’s also a good time to recognize all the outstanding accomplishments that the Collaborative itself has produced in Chelsea.

We know that executive director Gladys Vega an assistant executive director Roseann Bongiovanni traveled to Denver in June and took great pride when City Manager Jay Ash accepted the All-America City Award from the National Civic League.

For the leaders of the Collaborative knew in their hearts that their organization had contributed much to Chelsea receiving this prestigious award and being the only city in Massachusetts to take home the coveted plaque.

Gladys Vega has been a high-energy symbol for helping people for many years. We remember Gladys receiving the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award from the National Football League, with Patriots owner Bob Kraft making the presentation to this superb administrator in front of 68,000 fans at Gillette Stadium.

So while Gladys Vega and her organization will be doing the honoring at the gala, we know that the city of Chelsea is honored by the presence of the Chelsea Collaborative in our city.

Thank you, Chelsea Collaborative, for being a truly unique and innovative force in our community and beyond.

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Chelsea Collaborative Visits DC

Chelsea Collaborative Visits DC

Fifteen members and staff of the Chelsea Collaborative participated in the First National Senate Hearings on Immigration Reform in Washington, DC, this February.

“It was amazing,” says Yessenia Alfaro, Director of Organizing, Social and Economics Department. “It was exciting because we met with congressmen, the Chief of Staff, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.”

At American University, the delegation took part in the National Alliance of Latino American and Caribbean Communities forum, “Lifting Latino Voices,” where they discussed the topic of undocumented families living in the US, professional workers’ rights, and putting an end to the extensive deportations that split apart families.

Representing the Latin America community in DC was important because the Chelsea Collaborative was able to advocate for Latin Americans in Capitol Hill. They gave voices to the majority of residents living in Chelsea.

“It is important for us to make an impact and be heard,” asserts Alfaro.

The climax of the trip was the statements made by Chelsea Collaborative members to Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Congressman Capuano and his staff. Alfaro felt as though they understood and were sympathetic to the struggles of immigrant families.

“The welcoming of the new office with Senator Warren, allowing us to give testimonials, and having her say she is in support of fixing the immigration system,” were highlights for Alfaro, in addition to visiting the State House.

The Chelsea Collaborative will be hosting the Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee’s annual retreat on March 15 at 10am. There will be a community presentation and analysis of the immigration system, its laws and how they impact families.

“They will incorporate the different resolutions that are being proposed from the Democratic Party and Republican.”

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