CAPIC 2018 - 2019 Donors:
Eric Agneta
Jonathan Alpert
American Red Cross
Dolores Benoit
Stacy Brustin & Jeffrey Gutman
Shayna Butler
Margie Castro
Angie Catrone
Chelsea Public Schools
Lonny Christopher
Anton’s Cleaners
Leslie Clyne-DeCicco
Shawn Collie
Dennis & Regina Collyer
Colwen Hotels
Dan Cortez
Joseph & Ann Marie Cronin
Jennifer Randall Crosby
Arthur T. Cummings Elementary School
(3rd, 4th, & 5th grades)
Daniel Cunningham & Mary Hennessey
Francis Cunningham
D’Avio’s Lynnfield
Lt. Daniel Delaney
Pasquale & Jennie DeMarco
Heather DePinho
Darlene DeVita
Sen. Sal DiDomenico
Patty Dilkey
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Double Tree by Hilton
Caroline Ellenbird
Eversource Energy Foundation
Ricardo Figueroa
Daysi Fuentes
Aleida & Jeffrey Gibson
Thom Gilligan, CEO, Marathon Tours & Travel
Global Oil – Eric Slifka
Mike Groom
Ann Guange
Gina Guange
Lynn Haddard
Cary Havey
Guillermo Hodge
Debbie & Jim Keefe
Jen Kelly
IBEW Local 103
Kids Clothes Club
Las Carnitas de Montecristo Restaurant
Aldo & Tina Lavillotti
John Letizia
Edgar Lopez, Boston Paper
Marine Toys for Tots
Jordana Mather
Kelly McClory
W. Thomas & Elizabeth Meier
Devin Melanson
Glenn Messinger, Baldor Boston
Mi Salvador Mexican Restaurant
Kate Moore
Brianna Moschella
Karen Moschella
Gavin & Janet Monagle
Muffin Town
National Grid
New Life Christian Center Chelsea
- Pastors Elliot & Evelyn Penn
Off Broadway Dance Studio
Overland Family
Jason Owens (Roca)
Nadine Peters
Mary Jane Restuccia
Scott Renton
Robert Repucci
Ruben Rodriguez
Yamir Rodriguez
Marc Rossi, Esq.
Kathy Ruggieri/Chiaro Corp.
Herman Ruiz
Saint Agnes Church (Arlington, MA)
Salem Five Bank
Darlene Sarno
Starina Design
Jack Satter House
Stop '& Shop Community Bag Program
William Schmidt
Laura Spitz
Those Who Can for Those In Need
Luis Tejada
John Timulty
Rosita Toledo
Carol Tye
St. Jean’s Credit Union
Delia Valentin-Agneta
Gladys Valentin-Agneta
Gloria Valentin
Michael & Krissi Valentin
Jay Velez
Damali Vidot
Edward & Lorraine Webber
Mary-Kate Welby
Philip & Debra Wick
Kerry & Mark Wolfgang
Wyndham Hotel
Carol Zuzula

Welcome to CAPIC

The mission of Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. (CAPIC) is to identify and address through partnerships, advocacy, and community engagement, the needs problems, and concerns of individuals and families to empower them to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.

CAPIC Executive Director’s Message on Racial Justice

June 19, 2020

CAPIC prides itself on the diverse community we serve and our diverse staff, who I believe reflects the best of what CAPIC and community action has to offer. CAPIC stands firm in the belief that all people should be treated equally, with dignity '& respect. We acknowledge that structural race, gender together inequities remain barriers that must be addressed. Community Action has always stood for the promise of equal opportunity for all and has been a voice for those in need.

Community Action was created in 1964 from the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement as part of the federal Economic Opportunity Act in the “War on Poverty”. Since the Agency’s inception, fifty-four years ago, CAPIC’s role in the community has been to identify and address the needs, problems, and concerns of individuals and families, so as to empower them to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. People of color continue to be suppressed by a lack of opportunity due to the adverse effects of systemic racism. In this role, we must be a strong voice against oppression, hate, and injustice. It is imperative that we strengthen the work that we do by advocating for equal access for all members of our community to education, health, employment, and economic systems. CAPIC will continue to work closely with local government, elected officials, law enforcement, the faith community, and local service providers to support initiatives that strengthen the communities that we serve as well as work to improve the quality of life for all residents.

CAPIC joins the call for unity, justice, peace, reform, and equal opportunity for all. CAPIC stands in solidarity with those who seek to promote social justice and equality. I encourage staff share their thoughts and ideas on how we can continue to grow and be a voice for those in need. It is our responsibility to condem all forms of violence and racism and to speak out rather than remain silent. We are always stronger together.

COVID-19 Information:

Good News!

CAPIC is happy to announce that CAPIC’s Weatherization, Heating System Assistance and Appliance Management Programs have resumed field operations. CAPIC Energy Program staff and CAPIC vendors have all received extensive training on proper COVID-19 safety guidelines. The safety and well-being of our staff and clients is our top priority; all staff will be wearing appropriate PPE for all appointments. Call CAPIC today at 617-884-6130 to schedule your energy audit!


If you would like to help CAPIC provide emergency assistance with access to food and basic necessities, housing, and other household expenses for those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, please consider making a donation.
During this difficult and rapidly changing time, CAPIC is focused on the health and well-being of our clients, staff, volunteers, and communities. As a result, we are adapting the way we normally conduct business and will continue to provide essential services to the best of our ability. We thank you for your continued support and we will continue to be here for those in need.

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CAPIC’s main office in Chelsea will remain closed to the general public until further notice, per Governor Baker’s stay-at-home advisory. Staff will be available via phone and email but there will be NO IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS OR WALK-INS for home heating assistance, volunteer tax prep program, SUDS Program, or emergency services. Please call 617-884-6130 to make alternate arrangements for service. We thank you for your cooperation during this critical time.

The Fuel Assistance and Heating System Programs continue to operate. Staff are available via phone and email, however, there will not be any in-person appointments or walk-ins until further notice. Clients are still able to reach a live person for fuel assistance from 8:30AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday at 617-884-6130. Spanish-speaking staff are available to assist via the phone/email as well. Clients who are experiencing a no-heat heating system emergency or a non-working refrigerator emergency should call CAPIC’s emergency line at 617-884-6130, ext. 1042.

CAPIC’s SUDS/Mobile Outreach Program continues to work remotely with the City of Chelsea Navigators, North Suffolk Mental Health Association Recovery Coaches and the SELAH Resource Center to provide comprehensive support and resources to individuals in Chelsea. If you are need of support please call 617-884-6130, ext. 1041, between the hours of 8am-4pm Monday-Friday.

We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate through this unprecedented time. CAPIC remains committed to serving the communities of Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop to ensure that the needs of all residents are being met.

Fuel Assistance Kickoff Meeting

October 19, 2020 September 10, 2020
CAPIC’s Chelsea/Revere Family Network Coordinator, Jeanette Velez, was recently asked by MGH to participate in their PSA’s to help prevent the spread of COVID. She has played a vital role in working to help those impacted by the pandemic. We thank Jeanette for all that she does for the local community and those in need. Here she is talking about safety measures in Spanish to educate the community on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Fuel Assistance Available

October 5, 2020


October 1, 2020

CAPIC is proud to announce that Gladys Valentin-Agneta, SUDS/Mobile Outreach Program Director, received the Department of Public Health Commissioner’s Leadership Award.

September 10, 2020
We thank Gladys for her on-going dedication to those who are suffering from alcohol and substance use disorders and her tireless efforts to improve the quality of life for at-risk, street-involved individuals. CAPIC’s SUDS Program works closely with the Chelsea Police Department, Chelsea HUB, North Suffolk Mental Health Association, and the Selah Day Resource Center. Gladys is an active member of the Chelsea HUB and Chelsea Downtown Taskforce. Congratulations Gladys! Message from DPH is below: Congratulations! DPH is happy to recognize your exceptional efforts and accomplishments in a leadership role. The award was supposed to be presented by the DPH Commissioner at a conference on Tuesday, March 31st at 11am at the DCU Center in Worcester. However, due to COVID it was moved to September, and now the conference will be virtual.

Head Start Summer Program

August 10, 2020
Head Start’s 6-week Summer at Home session is in full bloom
A weekly packet with books, supplies and activities are delivered to 50 children each week. Parents and children participate in live classes via Zoom and phone calls with their teachers. While we all miss being together, it is wonderful to see the joy of learning continuing and know that our children will be ready for kindergarten in a few short weeks! #HeadStart

Fuel Assistance Program Important Notice

June 24, 2020
FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2020 is the last day to complete an incomplete application for the Fuel Assistance Program!! If you have any questions, please call to speak with a staff person for from 8:30AM – 4:30 at 617-884-6130. Spanish-speaking staff are available to assist via the phone/email as well.


June 15, 2020
GOOD NEWS! If you haven't already filed your tax returns and are waiting for CAPIC to reopen to drop off your materials, you can now click on the link below to fill out the IRS required questionnaires and upload copies of your tax documents. You can use either your computer or smart phone.
This direct link will get your request to one of the 3 North Shore VITA sites sharing this link - CAPIC; ABCD Mystic Valley; GLCAC. All three Coordinators from these 3 sites agreed to help whichever client ends up assigned to us - your return will be completed by able volunteers from one of these sites in a timely manner.
CAPIC = Chelsea, Winthrop & Revere
ABCD Mystic Valley = Medford, Malden, Everett
GLCAC = Lawrence, Andover, Methuen
So please click More to get your tax return started!

CAPIC Community Needs Survey

CAPIC is conducting a three-year Strategic Plan with a Community Needs Assessment. As a community member, we value your input about the needs of your community in our planning process. Your responses will help us to plan important programming and address the needs of the local communities served by CAPIC. All responses will be kept confidential and will not affect eligibility for CAPIC services. Click here to take survey.


CAPIC Head Start is Grateful for our Partnership with Red Cross

May 06, 2020
The American Red Cross has increased its donations to local food banks that serve Lynn, Chelsea and Revere — three communities that have been battered by the coronavirus pandemic.
Citing the increased need, Red Cross spokesman Jeff Hall said their food donations are now made on a weekly basis to Leading Through Empowering Opportunities (LEO Inc.) in Lynn and Community Action Programs, Inter-City Inc. (CAPIC), which serves families in Chelsea and Revere.

CAPIC’s Annual Board Meeting

October 14, 2020
The Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. (CAPIC) Board of Directors will conduct their Annual meeting on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:00pm. The meeting will be held remotely via Zoom due to COVID-19 related safety protocols. The public is invited to attend.

Families First Sees Overwhelming Success in Chelsea

February 10, 2020

This program made Families First history. Beyond reporting the highest graduation rate that we’ve seen in the Power of Parenting program to date, five parents had perfect attendance and 100% of parents reported that they are highly likely to recommend the program. “I think the comfort level of the language capacity was huge,” said our program partner. “It was a major barrier breakdown for community members.”
It is evident that programs like this are both appreciated and needed in the area. Next year, Families First plans to expand the number of programs offered in the City of Chelsea, engaging even more parents and benefiting even more children during the important early years of life.
February 07, 2020
CAPIC’s Executive Director, Richelle Cromwell, MASSCAP and colleagues from throughout the Community Action network were at the State House on February 5th, advocating for budgetary and legislative items critical to those we serve. CAPIC’s Executive Director was honored to present Speaker DeLeo with a Community Action Champion Award. For almost three decades has been a friend and supporter of Community Action and the work we do to provide services and resource to those in need. He is a dear friend of CAPIC and we can’t thank him enough for his continued support and for understanding the mission of community action. #BeCommunityAction #Communityaction works #peoplehelpingpeople

Point in Time Homelessness Count

January 31, 2019
CAPIC was proud to be a part of the Annual Point in Time Count that took place January 30, 2020 from 12:30am - 3:30am in Chelsea and Revere. Bags full of basic necessities, warm socks, snacks, and water were put together and were distributed to homeless individuals during the count. CAPIC would like to thank SUDS Program Director, Gladys Valentin-Agneta, Emergency Program Director, Cary Havey, Jeff Gibson, SUDS Mobile Outreach Coordinator, Responsible Payee Program Director, Lee Nugent, and Henry Wilson, Energy Outreach Coordinator, for donating their time to this important event, as well as Pastor Sandra Whitley for her dedication to this important matter. CAPIC's Executive Director, Richelle Cromwell, and Chelsea City Manager, Tom Ambrosino, also volunteered their time. CAPIC would also like to thank the Chelsea and Revere Police Departments for their continued support, as well as the Chelsea Soldier's Home, Dr. Almi Abeyta, Superintendent of Chelsea Schools, City Councilors Todd Taylor and Enio Lopez, ROCA, North Suffolk Mental Health, Bay Cove, and Chelsea City Hall.
CAPIC is proud to play a role in working to eliminate homelessness and provide critical, direct services to homeless individuals in need.

Chelsea/Revere Family Network

CAPIC’s Chelsea/Revere Family Network is proudly recognized as one of Raising A Reader MA's first program partners. The partnership began in 2006 and remains as strong as ever - a staple in the Chelsea community. CAPIC is grateful for the work and support that Raising A Reader has provided for Chelsea and Revere families.

You Work Hard. Heat is expensive. Get help from CAPIC to help keep you warm, safe & healthy this winter.


Address: 100 Everett Ave, Unit 14, Chelsea, MA, 02150
Phone Number: 617-884-6130
CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program serves these communities: Chelsea, Revere, '&' Winthrop
Program operates: November 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021
Final Date to apply for Fuel Assistance: April 30, 2021.
Application Certification Deadline: Once ALL application paperwork is submitted by client, CAPIC will certify the application within 45 working days. Applications completed in March/April will be certified by last week of May.
Appeal Decision Notification: If application for benefits is denied by CAPIC, client has right to appeal. CAPIC will review and inform client of appeal decision within 20 working days of appeal request.
Denied Application Notification: Once ALL application paperwork is submitted by client, CAPIC will notify client of application denial within 45 working days.
Eligible Applicants: Once deemed eligible for benefits, CAPIC will notify client within 8 working days.
Incomplete Notification: CAPIC will inform client of incomplete application within 25 working days of application date.


CAPIC ANNOUNCEMENT - New Executive Director

October 15, 2019
Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. (CAPIC) is pleased to announce that Richelle Cromwell of Chelsea was recently selected to succeed Bob Repucci as its Executive Director. The announcement follows a unanimous decision by the CAPIC Board of Directors to select Ms. Cromwell from among 46 applicants for the position. Ms. Cromwell brings to the organization over 40 years association with CAPIC. As past President of the Board of Directors, past Treasurer and Chairman of Finance and numerous committees, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring the organization to new heights. Bob Repucci will continue to serve the communities as Executive Director of the Winnisimmet Real Estate Inc., where he will develop strategies to preserve tenancies for lowest income area families.

CAPIC Head Start is Now Accepting Applications

July 09, 2019
CAPIC Head Start is accepting applications for the school year that will begin in September 2019. Head Start is a FREE. comprehensive preschool program for families in Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop who meet income requirements. Children between the ages of 3-5 receive a full range of educational experiences designed to prepare them to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. Families and children also benefit from family engagement activities, health services, nutrition programs, and special need services. Half-day and full-day programs are available. The full-day program in Chelsea provides services to families who are working or going to school, and/or have a voucher or other state subsidy. Extended day hours; 7:30 - 5:30 (vouchers accepted). Limited transportation may be offered for children who are subsidized by particular contracts.

Head Start Center Locations:

67 Crescent Avenue
Irene O’Connell Center
65 Nahant Avenue
Rose Street Center
Rose Street
EB Newton School
45 Pauline Street

Please call CAPIC Head Start’s central office number to apply or to learn more about the program at 617-889-5690, ext. 2400.

September 23, 2019

CAPIC Board of Director’s members Luis Tejada, Chelsea City Councilor and Dr. Hong Chen-Cheung, MGH Chelsea Health Center recently toured Agency programs with Bob Repucci, CAPIC’s Executive Director. The tour included visits to CAPIC’s Representative Payee Program, Energy Services, Child Development Center, After School Program and the Head Start Program. Members had the opportunity to interact with staff and meet some of the program participants.

April 10, 2019

Dear Friends CAPIC's Executive Director, Robert Repucci, was honored by the Chelsea City Council for his 47 years of service to the City of Chelsea and those in need.

February 11, 2019

Dear Friends Thanks to the thoughtfulness of Luis Tejada and the wonderful people from Century 21 Realtors, CAPIC and Executive Director Robert Repucci were recognized by the Boston Bruins Foundation last evening at the game against the Flyers. CAPIC was highlighted on the scoreboard for our work and the Executive Director got the ride of a lifetime on the Zamboni!

Thanks again to Luis Tejada and Century 21 Realtors.
December 01, 2018
CAPIC would like to thank Senator Sal DiDomenico for his wonderful donation of toys for families in need during this holiday season. We appreciate his on-going support of the local community.

CAPIC’s 51st Annual Meeting

October 01, 2018
On September 27, 2018, the Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. (CAPIC) Board of Directors conducted their 51st meeting of the Corporation. The meeting was conducted at the CAPIC After School Program facility in Chelsea. The meeting was attended by members of the Board, staff, and community stakeholders. Elected for a one-year term as President was Richelle Cromwell of Chelsea, with Lanre Olusekun of Revere elected as Vice President, Louis Ciarlone of Revere elected as Treasurer and Angie Catrone of Revere as Clerk.

CAPIC’s Executive Director Bob Repucci presented the 51st Annual Report to the Corporation and highlighted the accomplishments of the year, which included providing comprehensive support services to over 13,000 persons.

In the Awards segment of the meeting, the Agency recognized employees who completed various years of service, which included: 5 Years: Robert Rock, Bus Driver, Nexi Romero, Child Development Center Teacher; 10 Years: Angela Baez, Child Development Center Teacher; 15 Years: Walkiria Davila, Child Development Center Receptionist, Nancy Galeas, Child Development Center Teacher, Julie Lopilato, Child Development Center Lead Teacher, Lillian Rodriguez, Child Development Center Lead Teacher, Maricza Santizo, Child Development Center Assistant Program Director, Karen Verde, Child Development Center Teacher; 20 Years: Anthony Letizia, Energy Program Manager, Patricia Moore, Head Start Lead Teacher, Lee Nugent, Responsible Payee/Emergency Services Program Director, Cynthia Chipman, Head Start Lead Teacher, Sandra DeAmelio, Head Start Lead Teacher, Rosa Valenzuela, Head Start Assistance Teacher, Angela Wesley, Head Start Assistance Teacher; 25 Years: John Letizia, Director of Finances, Joanne Stone-Libon, Head Start Director, Kerry Wolfgang, Director of Planning, Development, & Operations; and 30 Years: Debra Nelson, Purchasing Coordinator.

CAPIC’s Annual Emerline Cromwell Memorial Scholarship went to Gloria Valentin of Chelsea, with the Annual Rose and Virginia Mikaelian Memorial Scholarship going to Gerald Jean Charles of Revere. The annual William R. Restuccia Memorial Scholarships were awarded to CAPIC Employees Silvia Perez and Nexi Romero.
2017 Community Awards were presented to Gerry McCue of the Chelsea Public School Department; Global Oil (Sean Driscoll on behalf of Eric Slifka, CEO), and Richard Antonellis, Jr., Business Agent of Local 103 IBEW (Louis Ciarlone accepted on behalf of Richard Antonellis, Jr.) for their dedication and continued support of the local community and individuals and families in need. CAPIC is grateful for their compassion and active role in working to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Response to the Franklin Avenue fire in Revere

July 24, 2018
On, September 17, 2018, CAPIC Emergency Program staff joined other concerned agencies, the Revere Police Department, Revere Public School Department personnel, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Mayor Arrigo, as well as other local government representatives at the Revere High School Auditorium to provide immediate relief to victims of the Franklin Avenue. The fire left approximately 100 people homeless.
CAPIC is currently working to provide direct support services to those in need. To date, CAPIC has provided 12 families with temporary housing/shelter and 30 individuals/families with gift cards to purchase food and basic necessities. CAPIC is also providing clothing and other donated items to fire victims. If you would like to make a donation please contact Lee Nugent, Emergency Program Director at 617-884-6130, ext. 104.