To our community:
On behalf of the board, staff, and membership of the Chelsea Collaborative, I’m proud to share with you some changes that we’ve been working on behind the scenes, as we continue to grow and rise to the challenges facing Latinx immigrants around the region today.
First, we are officially changing our name to La Colaborativa – an embrace and affirmation of our Latinx roots and our commitment to serve, protect, celebrate, and uplift Latinx communities in Massachusetts and beyond.
Second, we are expanding our geographic focus beyond our beloved city of Chelsea, to serve residents throughout the region in communities like East Boston, Everett, Malden, and Revere. We know that the housing and job markets often require our community members to relocate outside of Chelsea. Immigrants throughout the region are unified by similar challenges that La Colaborativa can help address. City limits will not prevent us from staying connected with our growing base of members, providing services where there are needs, and uniting and empowering this large and ever-growing base of immigrant leaders in Massachusetts. While our home base is Chelsea, we are excited and proud to make this shift and open our doors to immigrants across the region with expanded programming and social justice organizing.
Finally, we have updated our logo and brand identity to reflect the future of La Colaborativa, represented by bright colors, diversity, and the strength of a united community.
Most importantly, please know that these changes are designed to bring our brand into better alignment with who we already are as an organization – a steady, trusted, and fearless partner to Latinx immigrants. While our programs and initiatives will continue to evolve in direct relation to community needs and conversations with our members, our mission and commitment to empowering Latinx immigrants remains intact and stronger than ever.
Please be in touch. Let us know what you think of these changes. Ask us questions. These are extraordinary times, and it is an honor to stand alongside our communities in the fight for justice.
Gladys Vega, Executive Director
Rosalba Medina, Board President
Dinanyili Paulino, Chief Operating Officer