Violence Intervention & Prevention Initiative (VIP)
The Violence Intervention & Prevention Initiative (VIP) prevents violence and promotes healthy neighborhoods in the City of Boston through active collaboration between residents – young and old – community organizations and city agencies. A program of the Boston Public Health Commission, VIP engages city residents with neighborhood coalitions to end violence by addressing the issues surrounding this problem. VIP believes that:
- Residents are change agents in their neighborhoods.
- Residents play a key role in transforming their neighborhoods into thriving, peaceful environments.
- When residents become connected with each other, they decrease social isolation and shift the perception of violence where they live.
The Mattapan VIP Coalition functions out of the Mattapan Community Health Center with support, capacity building and technical assistance from the Boston Public Health Commission's Division of Violence Prevention.
Meet your Mattapan VIP Coordinator
As VIP Coordinator for the Mattapan area, Arthur Kitty works as a community organizer with residents, businesses, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), local community organizations, the B-3 Boston Police Department, street workers, and others to address violence through community mobilization. If you would like to get involved with VIP, please contact us.
Join the cause! You can take small, yet powerful steps to prevent violence and improve your neighborhood by following these helpful tips:
- Know your neighbors: Neighbors that know each other look out for each other, and take notice when something looks out of the ordinary. This can help increase safety in your neighborhood.
- Help connect young people in your neighborhood to resources: Numerous studies show that after-school programs keep young people safe and steer them away from negative and unsafe behaviors.
- Beautify your neighborhood: Having a clean neighborhood can help prevent crime. Crimes are more likely to occur in neighborhoods that look neglected.
- Call the Mayor's Boston 311 line and your neighborhood ONS liaison to report issues: Make your city work for you! The Mayor's 311line addresses an array of issues in your neighborhood, including, but not limited to, potholes, street light outages, snow removal, trash removal and problem properties. You can also reach out to the Office of Neighborhood Services, which serves as the main point of contact for residents who want to communicate with the Mayor's office. The ONS liaison for Mattapan is Ruth Georges, who can be reached at Ruth.Georges@boston.gov or (617) 635-2677.
- Call for help: If you would like to report a crime or a possible crime call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text the word 'TIP' to CRIME (27463). All calls are 100% anonymous.
- Get mobilized, and get connected with your local coalitions: There are many ways you can get involved in your community. Community mobilization enhances your ability to influence and control your environment. Contact your local VIP Coordinator to find out how you can get involved and to stay connected.
- Matt Parker, Bowdoin Geneva VIP Coordinator (617-754-0023)
- Gloria West, Grove Hall VIP Coordinator (617-541-5454 ext. 105)
- Stanley Dominique, Orchard Gardens/Madison Park Village VIP Coordinator (617-849-6236)
- Jose Cardoso, Uphams Corner VIP Coordinator (617-287-8000 ext. 8349)
VIP Block Captains
VIP Block Captains are residents who live in your neighborhood who help implement VIP. Block Captains are assigned an area in their neighborhood in which they build relationships with residents living on those streets and connect them to resources and VIP Coalition activities. Block Captains are paid a stipend to do this work. If you are interested in finding out more information about Block Captains and how to get involved with VIP, contact your neighborhood VIP Coordinator!