Roca Has "Unprecedented Record" in Saving Youth from Crime and Incarceration
Date:  07-15-2016

Two years ago Roca received $27 million in a "Pay for Success" initiative that has proven to be a highly successful model
Via Impakter

At the June 13 opening of the Roca Center in Lynn, Massachusetts – amid a crowd of police and state officials – Chris Mullins, 24, addressed the impact of Roca on his life.

Roca (Spanish for “rock”) is a non-profit organization that provides a foundation for high-risk young people to gain control of their actions and break the cycle of drugs, crime, and incarceration.

“My whole life was a mess,” said Mullins, an East Lynn native. Fueled by pills, cocaine and alcohol and with a criminal record of drug possession, he explained, “I had no regard for my life or the life of anyone around me.” Before cutting the ribbon of the new facility, Mullins revealed how much has changed for the better since Roca first reached out to him. “It’s been over a year since getting high,” he said. Along with learning new skills and job training, Mullins has found a place of belonging with Roca. “It’s more than just a program,” he said. “It’s a family.”

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