Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

Date:   October 11, 2018

Time:   1:00pm to 2:30pm

Place:  Holyoke Public Library

Mission Statement: The Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative is a partnership between local, state & federal law enforcement; city & state government; civic & human service organizations; faith based organizations; the business community; education providers; property managers; and residents coming together with a goal to create safe, healthy & economically viable neighborhoods through information sharing, identifying at-risk youth, referrals and community efforts in specific Holyoke neighborhoods.

Welcome & Introduction                                                                1:00pm - 1:05pm        

Jen Fernandes (United Way Thrive Program)                                 1:05pm - 1:20pm

Jen talked about the Thrive financial success centers that are here to help you get ahead with an array of free and confidential services. They offer free financial coaching for credit repair, debt reduction, money skill classes through Peoples Bank, workforce training, and confidential intakes. With Thrive, you will learn goal setting and essential skills from overcoming financial difficulties to planning for the future. They have four locations across Western Massachusetts: Holyoke, 206 Maple St, Westfield, 36 Court St, Springfield, 1 Armory St, Holyoke, 303 Homestead Ave. Intakes take approximately 1-1.5 hrs and will meet individually or with couples. They are looking for an Americore Vista to help assist. Please contact Jen Fernandes @ (413) 333-8365 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Agency Overview and Updates                                                        1:20pm - 2:20pm

Edgar Robles: Holyoke Public Schools

Edgar talked about a new initiative ‘Strive for less than Five’.   They would like to partner with agencies and possibly offer incentives for students that have miss less than five day throughout the year.

Stefany Garcia: Donahue School

Math Night: 10/23

Cultural Night: 11/9

Jen Gonzalez: Holyoke Public Schools

Looking to partner with afterschool programs for homeless families.

Katalina Melendez: HCC

Education and training are the keys to success. They have free programs: HISET prep classes, ESOL, Transitions to College and Career classes, Computer workshops and Career exploration.

Lisa Brecher: Gandara Center

Lisa talked about their partnership with Tapestry for community outreach. They will be offering a Narcan training for Spanish speaking community on 11/7/18 from 5:30-7:30 at the Holyoke Public Library. They will provide childcare. Iohann Vega is in the process of creating video testimonial of those in recovery. Free to the public.

Cheryl Labrie: YMCA

Thursday, 10/25, from 6-8pm they will be having a Halloween Party/Haunted House

Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library

They run an afterschool program Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday.

Denise Kelly-Lachat: Hampden County DA’S Office

Denise talked about the new Juvenile Court that opened up in Holyoke.

Pedro Alvarez: Tapestry Health

Thanked Gandara for partnering with them. First time doing this type of training in Spanish. 10/13, they will be having a community syringe Pick Up at 10am. If you’ve never volunteered for a community syringe pick up before, arrive at 9:45 for a brief training to ensure everyone knows how to safely collect and dispose of syringes before heading out with staff. All are welcome, but you must be 18 + to pick up syringes. They have call center to report syringe disposal. They will respond within 24 hours.

Kathy Anderson: Holyoke Medical Center

Her role with the Medical Center is to identify health issues in the community and bring education, awareness and support to them. Community dinner is held last Thursday of every month from 3:45-4:45. Flu Clinic on Saturday, 10/20/18 from 9am-11am in the Auxiliary Conference Center. Call (413) 534-2533 to book an appointment. Salvation Army is looking for donation on their Turkey Drive.

Mike Moriarty: One Holyoke CDC

Certified private nonprofit organization dedicated to improving housing for low and moderate income Holyoke residents. They have created over 160 new homes in the Flats, Churchill and Sough Holyoke neighborhoods. In 2014, One Holyoke CDC became the only certified Community Development Corporation based in the city of Holyoke. Will be providing transportation for those interested from Holyoke in attending the gubernatorial debate at Hynes Convention Center between Governor Baker and challenger Jay Gonzalez.

Kathy Veins: Greater Holyoke YMCA

Kathy talked about the upcoming basketball league that will be a partnership wtih HSNI, which they will be hosting at the YMCA on Friday nights.

Dean Santiago: Peck School

Looking to partner with the many agencies and can provide children and families to the many resource agencies.

Alison Proctor: Springfield DHHS

3 Day workshop (10/31-11/2) for MH Clinicians on CPT at UMASS Amherst, 9am-5pm. Received $1 million DOJ grant to mat out assets for substance abuse prevention along with looking at barriers and gaps. They will be doing more data collection in response to overdoses. Addiction panel film at City Stage tonight from 6-8 along with panel which includes DA Gullini.

Sophie Maki: Mass Fair Housing Center

Concentrate on issues surrounding housing discrimination. Offering free education and training about housing rights. Provide trainings for community groups, healthcare providers, tenants, landlords, property manager, realtors, first time homebuyers, newspapers and others.

Maria Flores Lopez: Salvation Army

Turkey Drive 11/1-11/21

Christmas Toy registration 10/29-11/1 from 9am -12pm/1pm-3pm. Documentation Needed: Photo ID, Birth Certificate, Recent Proof of Address, only Holyoke, Chicopee, South Hadley, and Granby.

Helena Dixon: Valley Opportunity Council (VOC)

Valley opportunity council adult education: referrals for older students, high-set, English as a second language. There is a new class that is focused on people who have a GED, high-set or a diploma who want to work on reading, math, and writing in order to brush up on those points before going to college. Passed around flyer and talked about the many grants they have received to offer classes at various times in many different areas of study. Contact them at (413) 612-0206 for more information. Class is Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:30am-1ppm at VOC.

Seneida Torres: Resource Fairs

Recently left Better life Homecare but is still looking to provide resource fairs. Does a lot of work in Springfield and is looking to add more in Holyoke. 10/19: Baymeadow Apartments 1-2pm and 10/18 at Colonial Estates 3:30-5:30. Please contact her at (413) 355-6317.

John Tansey: Community Resident

John is a neighbor to the Library and has space that could be office space available on Maple Street across from the Library.

Gladys Lebron Martinez: Masshire

CareerPoint has changed their name to Masshire but still offers the same services. They have ESOL and help pay for trainings to pursue careers such as a CDL. Talked about their partnership with HPD on the Shannon Grant for At Risk Youth to offer alternative resources.

Gladys talked about her work as the Ward 1 City Councilor. They had a recent meeting addressing the many concerns surrounding sex trafficking and opioid crisis. Approximately 70 people were in attendance and they are looking to do a community walk to reclaim neighborhood on 10/24 starting at Lawrence School at 5pm. Want to teach community how to take care of issues when they arise: lighting, fallen trees.

Danielle Crescione: Neari School

Talked about an initiative at NEARI called the Green Team on the Go. Group of students that will come out to the community and clean up specific areas.

Nikita Perez: Holyoke STEM Academy

Looking to partner with resources agencies and can offer children and families.

Chief Febo: Holyoke Police Department

He talked about being a good partner to the community and his department is looking to help when called out to and overdose. He continued to say that if someone calls 911 they are looking to save that person. Chief Febo talked about Ward 1 meeting that he was in attendance for and that many issues were brought forward.

Greg Ramos: Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

Ward 6 meeting tonight at Sullivan School from 6-8pm.

Iohann Vega: Gandara Center

Thursday is Media Literacy at the Holyoke Public Library. Holyoke High and Dean Tech working together. Have noticed that students are happy to speak in native language and will be presenting in Spanish.

Jessica Rivas: City of Chicopee

Looking for people to fill positions in the City of Chicopee (Chicopeema.gov). They are also looking for teens to work with their Parks and Rec department as referees. Costume/Halloween Party on 10/30.

Herman Wilkerson: AIC

Works in admissions at AIC and appreciates opportunity to attend meeting and network with other agencies. Talked about his upbringing in urban area and having the ability to offer those life options to those from similar backgrounds. He will be focusing outreach in Holyoke/Springfield area.

Melany Mendoza: Ma Mentoring
They are based out of Boston but target area is Holyoke/Springfield. They provide training around professional development. They also can provide funding and scholarships.

Alba Page: Springfield College Graduate Student

Will be working in partnership with HSNI and believes that hey can do amazing work.

Lt. Maria Pelchar: Holyoke Fire Department

Halloween Party on 10/25 from 2:30-5:30 at 600 High Street. They will have magic shows, a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, dances, repelling demonstration and explore service vehicles. Kids under 12 will receive a free Halloween bag.

Sandra Ramos: Foodbank

Looking to secure new place in community for SNAP benefits.

Mariliyn Nunez: MSPCC

They have five programs that they offer including in home therapy, a survival program, which focuses on anyone that has had a youth under 21 that has experienced trauma. They have a healthy families program. They are currently hiring and folks interested in applying can go to the MSPCC website. She also mentioned that if anyone wants to make a referreal to their program can also do so on the MSPCC website.

Jaime Santiago: MSPCC

Offer Mental Health First Aid Training and are looking for partnerships with other agencies that can assist with cost.  They can offer the training in both English and Spanish and primarily for adults over 18.  The mental health first aid is a nationwide suicide prevention curriculum.

David McCoy: HSNI Outreach

He and Ricardo are currently going to school to become recovery coaches and both are doing an internship with Hope for Holyoke. Stated that the doors are always open for Hope for Holyoke at 100 Suffulk St.

Rondey Allen: Cross point

Christian counseling center. Client centered capable or serving that are not in the faith. They accept insurance and run groups utilizing Cognitive Behavior tools. They facilitate three groups: Anger Management, A Woman of Moderation, and Saving Marriage before it starts. They also are trying to bridge gap between mental health field and faith community.

Alison Zolotor-Langone: EEC

Alison introduced herself and that she was with the Department Eary Education

Family Fun Night at Morgan School, Friday 10/26/18: Looking for volunteers 2:20pm - 2:25pm

Ed mentioned they are looking for volunteers to assist with the upcoming Family Fun Night that will be held at Morgan School on 10/26 from 5pm to 7pm.  There will be food and activities in both the cafeteria and gym including music and dance performances.

Old Business / New Business

Next Meeting is Thursday, November 8th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library

Upcoming Winter Basketball League: December 4th – February 15th

Ed mentioned that the Winter Basketball League will be kicking off at both the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA and will be looking for folks to assist in getting the word out.

Close Meeting                                                                                   2:30pm

Contact Information:

Edward Caisse

Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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