We are CAPIC

Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. (CAPIC) delivers anti-poverty services to residents of Chelsea, Revere & Winthrop. Since its inception in 1967, the Agency has initiated numerous anti-poverty strategies that have resulted in restoring self-sufficiency for thousands of area residents. The goal has always been and continues to be to assist individuals and families break free from their dependence on public assistance, achieve self-sufficiency, and improve their quality of life.  CAPIC is proud to serve a diverse and multi-cultural population. 

CAPIC is governed by a twenty-one member, community-based Board of Directors, comprised of representatives from public, private, and low-income sectors of Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.  CAPIC also delivers energy-related services to various cities and towns through sub-contractual agreements.  CAPIC’s Weatherization Program (DOE and Utility funded) serves: Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop, Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Everett, Lexington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Winchester, and Woburn. CAPIC’s HEARTWAP program serves: Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, Winchester, Woburn, while National Grid Appliance Management Program (AMP) assessments are performed in Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Revere, & Winthrop; and Ever Source electric assessments in Arlington, Chelsea, Cambridge, Lexington, Somerville, Stoneham, Waltham, Watertown, Winchester, & Woburn.

CAPIC’s Responsible Payee Program also serves these additional communities.

In FY2022, CAPIC provided a myriad of essential services to 12,000 local area-wide residents.

The mission of CAPIC is to identify and address the needs, problems, and concerns of those in poverty and to enable the individually poor to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.

CAPIC Programs

CAPIC administers the following programs/services:

  • After School Program
  • Chelsea City-Wide Summer Camp
  • Chelsea Substance Use Disorders (SUDS) and Mobile Outreach Programs
  • Child Development Center
  • Crisis Intervention/Domestic Violence
  • Energy Services (includes Fuel Assistance, Weatherization, & the HEARTWAP programs)
  • Chelsea/Revere Family Network
  • Head Start
  • Emergency Assistance Program
  • IRS-VITA Free Tax Program *operates January -April
  • Responsible Payee Program

Our 2023 - 2024 Board of Directors3

Charles Randall


Winthrop; Limited-Income Sector

Lanre Olusekun

Vice President

Revere; Public Sector - for Mayor Patrick Keefe

Jenny Reynolds


Head Start Policy Council Representative

Sharon Caulfield


Chelsea Limited-Income Sector

Ricky Velez
Chelsea; Limited-Income Sector
David M. Mindlin, Esq.
Chelsea; Public Sector for City Councilor Todd Taylor
Theresa DiPietro
Revere; Limited-Income Sector
Jenny Reynolds
Head Start Policy Council Representative
Elizabeth Forte
Revere; Private Sector – Revere Housing Authority
Merlin Serrano
Chelsea; Limited-Income Sector
Judy Dyer
Chelsea; Public Sector – for City Councilor Giovanni Recupero
Cara Cogliano
Chelsea; Private Sector – Chelsea Community Connections
Ron Fishman
Chelsea; Private Sector – Chelsea Hunger Network
Judie VanKooiman
Winthrop; Private Sector – Winthrop Council on Aging
Nidia Frometa-Peguero
Chelsea; Limited-Income Sector
Town Councilor Hannah Belcher
Winthrop Public Sector
Pastor Eliot Penn
Chelsea; Private Sector New Life Christian Center Chelsea
Marc Silvestri,
Revere Public Sector, Revere City Councilor
Jackie Bevere – Malone
Early Education Consultant
Erica Porzio
Revere Private Sector, Revere Chamber of Commerce

CAPIC Administration

Richelle Cromwell

Executive Director

Richelle Cromwell has been the Executive Director at CAPIC, Inc. since 2019. During her tenure, CAPIC has addressed the issues of poverty among the tri-city service delivery area for Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop. Through the partnerships cultivated during her tenure, CAPIC has addressed the problems of homelessness, eviction prevention, substance abuse, childcare, energy assistance and hunger afflicting area residents.
As a lifelong resident of Chelsea Ms. Cromwell’s affiliation with CAPIC began as a board member – in which she served for 10 years — before transitioning into the role as President for her remaining 15 years on the board. Prior to joining CAPIC as the Executive Director, she was the sole proprietor of her own business for 25 years in the interior design industry. She holds a Fashion Design degree from Newbury College.

Kerry Wolfgang

Director of Planning, Development, & Operations

Kerry Wolfgang rirst came to CAPIC in 1993, working in the Housing Intercept Program; joined CAPIC’s Management Team in 1999 as the Agency’s Grant Manager, and in 2008 was named the Director of Planning & Development for the Agency. Kerry works directly with the Executive Director, Fiscal & Human Resource Managers, as well as Program Directors to strengthen the Agency’s development capacity, assess agency needs, and create and implement agency-wide goals and objectives to achieve the mission and vision of CAPIC. Such work includes the preparation of the Agency’s Strategic Plan, Community Needs Assessment, annual work plans, program progress reports, and all required grants and reports for major funding sources including the state and federal government. Since 2004, Kerry has also served as the Agency’s liaison to the City of Revere, specifically, the Revere Police Department, and is solely responsible for the design, development, research, analysis, evaluation, and contract management of all public safety and law enforcement initiatives. Kerry graduated from Assumption College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications.

Kenneth Jenkins

Director of Finance

Kenneth Jenkins joined CAPIC, Inc. as Director of Finance in May of 2022 after serving 15 years as Controller of a Boston law firm.  Previous to that, he worked in the accounting operations of various entities, from a large international residential real estate brokerage to a metropolitan Boston area community hospital.  Ken began his accounting career in public accounting, serving mainly as an auditor but also preparing tax returns.  His industry experience was chiefly in non-profit organizations but also included manufacturing, real estate and construction.  Ken attained his Massachusetts CPA license shortly after leaving public accounting.  Outside of his professional career he has served as Treasurer for two not for profit entities, one a nondenominational faith-based food security organization and the other, a town youth ice hockey program.  He is a past member of The Association of Legal Administrators, Boston Chapter and a current member of The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, Inc.  Ken has deep family roots in Oklahoma and also in Somerville MA, where he was raised.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater Oklahoma, where he was a member of the Native American Student Association.  Ken is a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, where his family has even deeper roots.  He resides north of Boston with his family, where he enjoys family life and watching his two sons grow and play youth sports, especially ice hockey.

Dolores Benoit

DIRECTOR of Human Resources

Dolores Benoit, Director of Human Resources, first came to CAPIC in 1994 as an intern to do a public relations project.  Having been focused on education and public service throughout college, Dolores joined CAPIC full time in 1995 in Human Resources.  Today, Dolores manages all aspects of Human Resources for CAPIC management and all programs, including employment law, compliance, policies and procedures, benefits, employee relations, and staffing.  A bilingual upbringing enables Dolores to further serve the agency by fostering more effective communication between management and Spanish-speaking staff and clients.  Dolores graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1995 with her B.A. in Education