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The Evolution of a Housing Crisis

The Evolution of a Housing Crisis

Photo by Gabriela Maria Cartagena Amid unprecedented housing security and economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of families in our community have struggled to remain housed over the last two years. With the ongoing gentrification of...

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Conversational Volunteers Needed!

Conversational Volunteers Needed!

When it comes to learning a new language, conversation is a key factor to success but one that is the least accessible to new language learners. La Colaborativa's Cafecito Hours create a risk free, safe space for our ESOL students to practice their English in a...

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Keeping Warm in Winter

Keeping Warm in Winter

PHOTO BY DARLENE DEVITA This January, Chelsea and much of the Northeast has faced bitterly cold winter weather, leaving the most vulnerable in our community at the greatest risk. Many of our community members find themselves struggling to pay their heating bills as...

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This is Chelsea’s Emergency Room

This is Chelsea’s Emergency Room

Tanairi Garcia looked around the lobby of the food pantry which had closed for the evening with a sigh: "This is Chelsea's emergency room. We call it a food pantry, but this is an emergency room." Tanairi is La Colaborativa's Food Pantry Director and spends her days...

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2021 Bright Spots Created by Chelsea Youth

2021 Bright Spots Created by Chelsea Youth

It’s been an especially hard year for young people in our community who faced remote learning, quarantining, and fear and anxiety about the pandemic. Their lives changed overnight and have yet to return to normal. La Colaborativa has stayed connected to these young...

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Gladys Honored by Boston Business Journal and Eastern Bank

Gladys Honored by Boston Business Journal and Eastern Bank

Gladys Vega has been selected as one of Boston Business Journal’s 2021 Power 50: The Movement Makers. This group is made up of individuals in the Greater Boston business community who look to the future and take a stand and actionable steps to create change. Gladys...

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Holiday Food and Toy Events

Holiday Food and Toy Events

The holiday season is fast approaching and La Colaborativa is continuing our tradition to provide meals and gifts to families in our community to make the season bright. Thanksgiving dinner signup is open now and dinners will be distributed Tuesday, November 23rd at...

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Rewriting the Chelsea COVID Story

Rewriting the Chelsea COVID Story

PHOTO BY NATHAN KLIMA FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE   This time last year, Chelsea was making national headlines as a COVID-19 “hotspot” with the virus spreading ferociously through our city and leaving no family untouched. Now, Chelsea is again making front page news as...

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