Joseph Tocci, Coach
Joseph Tocci served in the United States Marine Corps and completed two tours of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Joseph served as a Security Commander in his second tour to Iraq, leading a large security team throughout Iraq, where he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal from the Secretary of the Navy for his actions.
Upon returning home, Joseph worked in construction and then started in the role of Peer Support Specialist at the New England Center and Home for Veterans. In 2015, Joseph started working for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Brockton and Boston as a Peer Support Specialist for the HUD-VASH program. The HUD-VASH program supports veterans who are experiencing homelessness by assisting them with finding and securing permanent housing with supportive case management services. Joseph works with veterans who have been diagnosed with severe mental illness, hoarding issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse issues. Joseph uses his experience as a veteran to engage with clients, helping them build self-determination, confidence, and a better quality of life.
Enthusiastic, empathic, and compassionate, Joseph strives to help those in need and develop the best treatment plan for each individual. He works closely with his clients and takes the time to listen and validate their feelings, meeting them where they are at. Joseph also works closely with community agencies throughout the state to make sure that the needs and services are met for each client to be self-sufficient and independent. At Riser+Tread, Joseph focuses on providing support as a coach through the Youth Mentoring Program, connecting with young clients and providing them a fun, flexible, outlet to get active while also learning about mental fitness.
In his free time, Joseph enjoys spending time with his family, taking hikes with his 2-year old daughter and dog Rusty. He loves to spend time outdoors and is hoping to do some more traveling and exploring around the United States in the future.