1. Helping young men 'going to jail or ... going to die': Grand opening planned for ROCA's...

    Helping young men 'going to jail or ... going to die': Grand opening planned for ROCA's...

    ROCA, an organization committed to helping high-risk individuals, will hold a grand opening for its 384 High St., location July 24. The Holyoke agency works with male clients 17 to 24 years old who need assistance with job training, life skills or cognitive behavior issues. Since October 2017, ROCA shared office space with CareerPoint at 850 High St. The new location eliminates a 10-mile journey for participants who often traveled to ROCA's Springfield office for additional services. Christine Judd, ROCA's Springfield executive director, said the Holyoke office underwent renovations. Staff began moving in a few weeks ago. "The ...

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    1. Our population has had some criminal justice background, whether it's probation or adjudicated youth.
    2. We transition our young people from the work crews to more stable employment, where we hope they will get a more livable wage.
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