SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State leaders and local law enforcement were at Monday’s open house at Roca Springfield, highlighting what the non-profit does to help young people at risk.
Roca focuses on a national effort to disrupt the cycle of incarceration and poverty of high-risk young people after being founded in 1988, and has experienced success in 21 communities across Massachusetts, Hartford, Connecticut, and Baltimore.
Monday’s open house was about Roca reintroducing themselves to state and local leaders now that they’re under new management.
“I’m hoping to reach as many people as possible, positively. And if I could have a success story each day, then that’s the reward,” said new Director Solomon Baymon.
Baymon is a seasoned leader and Springfield native who brings with him 15 years of experience in the criminal justice field and will be at the event.
This fiscal year, the organization has helped out 220 people in Springfield and 143 in Holyoke.