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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.
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DO YOU NEED HELP HEATING YOUR HOME THIS WINTER? CALL CAPIC TODAY!

Need help paying your heating bills?

IMPORTANT INFORMATION about APPLICATIONS for the 2021-2022 FUEL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

  • Applications will be mailed to EXISTING clients from September 2021 – October 2021
  • Applications for NEW clients will open on November 1, 2021. Please see application instructions for more details.
You can call CAPIC for more information at 617-884-6130, Monday – Friday, 9AM – 4PM.

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STATEMENT REGARDING CAPIC EMPLOYEE ALLEGATIONS

You may see media coverage today about a matter regarding a CAPIC employee, Henry Wilson. We are taking these allegations very seriously. At this time, there is not much I can say about this on-going matter, but I would like to share with you the following statement

“The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office notified CAPIC that CAPIC employee, Henry Wilson was arraigned today on charges related to an inappropriate relationship with a student in the Chelsea Public Schools. CAPIC is cooperating with the District Attorney, Chelsea Police Department, and other agencies who are involved in the investigation as needed.”

It is important to also note that pending court/legal outcomes, Henry Wilson has been suspended without pay and will not be allowed on or in any CAPIC properties.

Sincerely,
Richelle Cromwell
Executive Director
CAPIC

CAPIC will be closed today in observance of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Black Independence Day, or Jubilee Day, is one of the oldest holidays commemorating the end of slavery in the United States of America.
Now more than ever it’s important that we recognize this day. Please take some time to reflect, learn and support one another. We must work together to ensure that all people are treated equally with dignity and respect.

Juneteenth

Do you live in Chelsea? Are you feeling financially stressed? CAPIC can help. Please watch this video to learn more, or call CAPIC at 617-884-6130.

CAPIC is proud to be partnering with the City of Chelsea, MassSave and All in Energy to provide residents of Chelsea access to low cost, energy efficient programs. This partnership has allowed us to address some of the inequities that exist for our clients who live in Chelsea.

Masscap Month

CAPIC is proud to work for and with the Community Action network across the country and our 23 agencies here in MA, including MASSCAP. We all work tirelessly every day to create opportunities and change lives and communities. #CommunityActionWorks #mapoli

May is here and that means it’s #CommunityActionMonth! All month long we’re celebrating the legacy and ongoing impact of the #CommunityAction Network—helping people and changing lives in every corner of America. #WeR1000Strong #CommunityActionWorks

Fuel Assistance: New Applicant - Online Application

February 24, 2021
Application Process: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are now offering an online portal for new applicants to complete Fuel Assistance applications in lieu of normal face-to-face interviews with an intake worker for the initial application. You can also still apply by calling us at (617) 884– 6130, ext. 1021 or emailing fuelassistance@capicinc.org.

Pre-existing fuel clients can contact us by the previously mentioned phone or email for returning application details.

If you’re a NEW APPLICANT, you may use the button found below to apply online:

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Fuel Assistance Program’s application deadline extended

February 20, 2021

GOOD NEWS! CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program’s application deadline has been extended from April 30, 2021 to May 28, 2021. The heating season remains November 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021. Applications can be updated with any changes to household size or income through May 28, 2021. There is also an increase in benefit levels for households that heat with oil and/or liquid propane. Please see the updated Income Eligibility & Benefit Chart attached. Please call CAPIC at 617-884-6130, ext. 1021 for more information.

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Learn more about CAPIC’s free virtual VITA Tax Preparation Program.

VITA Tax Prep

Help Spread the Word - CAPIC Head Start is Accepting Applications

VITA Tax Prep Volunteers

CAPIC Receives $50,000 Grant from Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation for COVID-19 Relief

December 30, 2020
Grant will support direct resources such as emergency rental assistance/rent arrearages and access to food for those impacted by COVID-19 in Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

CAPIC, the local multi-service community action agency announced today that it has received a $50,000 grant from Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation (EBCF). The grant is part of a commitment from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation to provide financial support to local organizations focused on COVID-19 relief.

The grant will provide critical resources to individuals and families who have been impacted by the pandemic. Funds will provide CAPIC with the ability to address housing and food insecurity issues that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 in CAPIC’s service area which includes Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

CAPIC’s Executive Director, Richelle Cromwell, “On behalf of the CAPIC Agency and the CAPIC Board of Directors I would like to thank Eastern Bank for their dedication to the local community and those in need. We are grateful for their on-going support during these challenging times.”

During the early days and weeks of the pandemic, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation began to lend its support as quickly as possible, and it has steadily increased throughout 2020 the amount of unsolicited grants to nonprofit organizations. In total, $11 million in COVID-19 relief grants has been provided to hundreds of local and regional organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island in 2020.

The most recent funding supports organizations focused on housing stability, homelessness, food security, and essential services and utilities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

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
Heating Help

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!


DONATE TO COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE

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.

Donate here

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.

HEAD START LEARN AT HOME PROGRAM AVAILABLE

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
Gladys - AwardGladys Award2 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.

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.

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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.
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CAPIC Meeting of the Board of Directors

September 01, 2021
The Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. (CAPIC) Board of Directors will conduct the monthly meeting of the Board of Directors on Thurssday, September 16th, 2021 at 12:00pm. The meeting will be held remotely via Zoom due to COVID-19 related safety protocols.
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Families First Sees Overwhelming Success in Chelsea

February 10, 2020
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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
Statehouse visit 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
Point in Time1Point in Time2 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, and Responsible Payee Program Director, Lee Nugent 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

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

CAPIC ANNOUNCEMENT - New Executive Director

October 15, 2019
Richelle Cromwell
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:
Chelsea:

67 Crescent Avenue
Revere:
Irene O’Connell Center
65 Nahant Avenue
Rose Street Center
Rose Street
Winthrop:
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.
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