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About Us


Waterbury’s Working Cities Challenge team will reduce the unemployment rate of the South End/River Baldwin (RIBA) neighborhood from the current 23 percent, which is significantly higher than the rest of the city, to 12 percent over 10 years by increasing the number of residents earning a livable wage by 150.

Waterbury’s RIBA Aspira will address the economic and racial/ethnic inequities that have devalued this once vibrant South End neighborhood by creating a strong, resident-driven, civic infrastructure, realigning and relocating job training services and revising child care decision-making policies to be more equitable, insuring adequate access for neighborhood residents, children and families.


Focusing on one neighborhood provides an opportunity to advance changes in systems and policies and pilot a resident engagement model that can be replicated in other city neighborhoods.

Meet Our Staff

Tomas Olivo

Initiative Director

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Hilda Reyes - Administrative Assistant 5pm - 8pm

Lenytza Rodriguez - Executive Assistant to Director of the Hispanic Coalition
Maria Rodriguez  
Career Navigator 9am - 5pm
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Betzaida Vega

Certified ESL Instructor

Our Block Captains

Reinaldo Alvarado


Isabel Antonucci

RIBA Block Captain

Resident of the South End of Waterbury for over 40 years!


Katherine Torres

RIBA Block Captain

Resident of the South End of Waterbury for over 30 years!

Meet Our Partners

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Mayors Office,
Department of Education,
Board of Alderman

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& all our River Baldwin (Census Tract 3505) Residents

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