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Roca, Inc.
  • 101 Park Street, Chelsea, MA 02150
  • 617-889-5210
  • Work Experience | Transitional Jobs
Transitional Employment
Program activities:

Roca’s TRANSITIONAL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (TEP) uses real work to teach young people how to show up, follow instruction, and learn skills critical to succeed in the open labor market. Roca operates work crews – contracted through local governments, housing authorities and private companies – in custodial work, property maintenance, painting, and landscaping.

Under the direct supervision and coaching of a working Crew Supervisor, transitional employees receive real pay (MA minimum wage) for real work. Participants work four days per week and engage in other required training on the fifth day.

Participants are assigned to a 5-person work crew, with one crew supervisor, that works on state, city and private maintenance and cleaning contracts in the region, including, outdoor cleanups, construction site cleanup and other custodial tasks that can be completed in large groups. All participants holding basic assignment work slots are paid minimum wage for four (4) workdays per week. Each workday has an actual work time of 6.5 hours not including lunch and transportation to and from the work site. Participants also engage in a “development day” one (1) day per week, focusing on hard and soft skill development.

While most participants spend 90 days in basic transitional employment before moving on to advanced transitional employment, TEP participants who are more prepared for employment can skip the basic transitional employment component and move immediately on to more advanced program elements.

Advanced Transitional Employment (ATE) are individual and/or work crew placements in businesses and other organizations. Participants are paid a minimum of $1 above the current MA minimum wage / hour for 32-40 hours per week. The work content the crews perform provides them the opportunity to gain higher level work skills through more advanced projects including construction, landscape installation, and apartment turnovers.

Roca, through our Bridge to Success (B2S) program, works with employer partners to have our young people work directly under their supervision with Roca’s available for support. The goal is for the employer partner to hire the young person at the end of the assignment.


Program is offered in: English, Spanish
Participant demographics:

Roca serves young adults aged 16-24 who are not ready, willing, or able to participate in any program and who are at a critical level of risk.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 41
Total hours: 26
Program duration: 72 weeks
Rolling Admission: Yes
Program start dates: Ongoing
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
8am-3pmWork Crew
Other Schedule Information: Participation varies. It takes an estimated 2-18 months (15 on average) for a participant to achieve 60 consecutive days of transitional employment, Roca’s goal before moving a young person to job placement.
Is the program offered remotely? No
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

Roca Chelsea (headquarters): 101 Park Street, Chelsea, MA 02150Accessible via public transportation.
Roca Boston: 60 Newmarket Square, Boston, MA 02119Accessible via public transportation.
Roca Lynn: 52 Andrew Street, Lynn, MA 01901 Accessible via public transportation.
Roca Holyoke: 384 High Street, Holyoke, MA 01040Accessible via public transportation.
Roca Springfield: 29 School Street, Springfield, MA 01105Accessible via public transportation.
Additional information about location:

While all sites are accessible via public transportation, Roca also provides transportation to and from the sites.

Program requirements: CORI check
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion, Basic skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
Transportation (Roca)
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Wage
Other, please explain: Minimum wage paid for work Transitional Employment crew hours. Advanced Transitional Employment participants are paid a minimum of $1 above the minimum wage.

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Vanya Petkova
Telephone: 617-889-5210
Ext: 1249
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes