Original Collaborative members, 1988
In 1988, the Chelsea Collaborative was founded by a network of human services agencies, to implement a five-year human services plan for the City of Chelsea. Originally the Chelsea Human Services Collaborative, we implemented much of the five-year plan and continued as Chelsea’s only Latino-led organization. We have served as an incubator for new non-profits in Chelsea, including ROCA, Green Roots, and La Communidad in Everett, among others. All originated as initiatives of the Chelsea Collaborative. Today, the Chelsea Collaborative remains dedicated to community organizing and empowerment of our community. The founding principles for the human services plan continue to guide much of our current work to create a citywide Chelsea community that is: 
  • Knowledgeable about its own needs
  • Willing to mobilize its resources to respond to community members in need
  • Working to strengthen its capacity to respond to needs
  • Able to mobilize its resources by effectively organizing and advocating for services
  • Able to successfully attract external resources; and
  • Able to successfully integrate external resources into its local problem-solving efforts

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