Meeting Notes 2/14/19
Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative
Date: February 14, 2019
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
Ed introduced himself and informed everyone he is from the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.
Shelly Lenn (The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens) 1:05pm - 1:20pm
Shelly introduced herself and gave an overview of the main philopsohy of the program. It is that grief is a normal response to any loss/change. Focuses on death of someone close. They engage ages 5-18 no limits on death of individual, no limits on where or when death occurred.
The agency is dased in Northampton, but work with wide catchment from Springfield to Greenfield.. Meet students at school and hold groups – have groups at Holyoke High School. Wednesday – Greenfield Middle School. Shelly continued to say that there is no limit on tears or tissues allowed at The Garden, processing emotion is normal and natural reactions. Some of the examples of tools used: “Tough Boris” book (Read a line, have children/clients repeat reoccurring line. Book geared towards preschoolers but used with students from pre-K to high school. Message of book is every one cries)
Other tools used: Finding common grounds – write what you are thinking/afraid of, put in middle of circle, each read random note aloud without judgement. More tools used: How can you feel safe? Talk on the phone walk walking down the street alone, wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted, tell you grandmother today you love her if you are worried of losing her. Worry about grades, moving on, taking things for granted, college, taking nothing for college is common occurance. Along with worries about losing other members or themselves getting sick 3rd, 4th & 5th grade – singer songwriter came in and worked with 4 kids to come up with a song of experiences in which the children had. Bright yellow paper – song written by 4 kids experiences and singer/songwriter. Spring program begins Feb 24h, 10 Sunday afternoons 2-4 PM in Northhampton for any family with children between ages 5-18 who has experienced death of someone close. Free of charge! 21st year of program. Referrals: schools, pediatricians, clinicians, word of mouth, religious settings
Agency Overview and Updates 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Edgar Robles: Holyoke Public Schools
Friday 15th benefit concert will be at Metcalf School from 6-8pm. Friday 28th 5-7pm at Enlace. Next week is February break and kids will be off from school.
Sophie Schouboe: The Food Bank of Wester Ma
She handed out flyers for the locations of the food banks in the area. Offering snap application assistance along with DTA.
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. They have classes for those that are pursuing citizenship. Classes run from April – June. Open enrollment for Bridge 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.
Allison Proctor: DHHS
HCAT is culmination of schoolbase coliotions for substance use to harm recovery, etc. Next meeting, March 13th 1-2:30 at Sheriffs Dept in Ludlow. Working on outreach packet of various resources in Hampden County.
Miguel Arce: Springfield Collge
Offered up students for agencies looking for interns. Master’s student internship placement has to complete approximately 1000 hours.
Sandy Ward: Holyoke Public Library
Death Care Advocate / Mini-golf in library on April 6th: if you would like to sponsor there are spots available. Change 5 levels of library into 18 holes. $250 to sponsor hole – can have set up related to your business/cause. 1st hole and 18th hole are $500 to sponsor. (May be able to donate holes, would need to speak directly about possibilities).
Jose Rubero: Hypnosis Solutions MA
Free program for Veterans began in December – Started with 10 participants and now only has 9. Smoking cessation program for Veterans, monthly program at Veterans Center in Springfield (2 sessions). Also known as guy that rides the Paso Fino.
Jen Fernandes: United Way Pioneer Valley
THRIVE Program is a one stop finicial success center – free! Help with budgeting, credit scores, banking, pre-tax preperation, becoming more financially healthy. Does presentations and can come present. Used to have location on STCC – has moved to main office in Springfield on Main Street. A Few new coaches have begun (Neil, Walter) Thrive-on-the-go program.
Katlina Melednez: HCC
Community education project. Intakes are available over the phone or in person on Maple Street in Holyoke. Some levels do not have a wait list. Higher levels do have wait lists. Come in for orientation and placement.
Laura Banks: River Valley Counseling Center
Adolesence sexual health program manager looking for new community partners who they can teach (Spanish/English) ages 12-19. 8 hours of curriculum which can be spread out over weeks or also condensed. Services are free.
Joanne O’toole: Homework house
Tutoring from Holyoke, free! 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 tutoring services which help engagement of children. Many tutors are from Mount Holyoke, Smith college, UMASS. Some waiting lists, other no waiting lists. Have locations in the flats / Appleton street. Tutor over 100 kids per day. Spelling Bee fundraiser on April 11th (Aaron Vega MC) @ the Mill at Open Square $150 for team of 3.
Dr Elaine Campbell: River Valley Counseling Center
Main office is Beech Street, have locations in Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield, Easthampton, Hatfield and soon to be in Hadley. Partners with school departments to provide in house services for those who cannot attend services otherwise. Child prescribors (English and Spanish speaking) in all clinics, can typically see individuals within 3 months of wait lists. Grants running to help improve services, now have substance abuse license
Denise Kelly-Lachat: Hampden County DA’s office
April events – Job fair, 3x3 basketball tournament on Patriot’s Day @ AIC for youth. April 4th, distracted driving event @ basketball hall of fame – good for kids who are about to drive or getting ready to drive. Show film / guest speakers who have been in distracted driving accidents / have goggles to see effects of distorted driving. Winter Basketball Championship this Friday @ 5:30 PM.
Iohann Vega: Gandara
Development center/media outlet – provide services for youth in community (up to age 24) on education support. Work with Holyoke high school and Mt Tom academy from HCC to have event with discussion and group session with “black lives matter”. Continue spreading notion of what local media access (Radio Plasma) with creating contet which happen here in Holyoke to be able to be more engaged and open diolouge in order to reach more people and also bring awareness to events which occur within the city.
Ruth Tirado: Community Education Projcet
Education/career: offer day/evening classes for free, along with GED/PREP classes, recruiting students who would like to progress on English speaking skills. Enrolling for Spring but mostly looking for summer participants.
Naisha Hernandez, Girl Scouts of Central and Western Ma
Build relationships/bring awareness and educate.
Lt Maria Pelchar: Holyoke Fire Department
Fire safety workshops available.
Andres Villada: Holyoke Mayor’s Office
Hosted event with heart transplant recipients, no major updates yet but things will be rolling out in the next few months. Door is always open if needed
Cass Pasterelle: Ealge Eye
Work with Holyoke Students, work with urban students to bring environmental awareness and experiences. Holyoke High Dean Campus, Lighthouse Holyoke. Build relationships with youths, youth groups, faith base orginzation. 1-2 day programs, over night programs. Developing outside afterschool program to engage Holyoke students in the outdoors. Looking for group for this summer. Week long internships.
Terri Lombardo: Headstart
Service children beginning at 4 weeks old, along with pregnant women that have just given birth.
Michael Moriarity: One Holyoke CDC
Community development center: community engagement director, Izzy has moved on. Just hired Nairobi, new work developing within the flats. Kick off meeting where several dozen signed up for new community member on Canal Street. Building community advise board. Kicked off year long literacy inicitive, Holyoke a City Who Reads. Spread word of value of literacy and reading going on all year long.
Walter Rice: Pioneer Valley
THRIVE one stop success centers: build “to-go” model around pioneer valley, non-profit
Bishop Boyd: NAMI / Kenya Foreign Missions
April 2nd annual art show, Chicopee 9:30 Castle of Knights. Welcome all artists with mental illnesses, a way to advertise/sell artwork. Kenya Foreign Mission: orphan school of 302 children, raising money to be able to bring 30 kids here during the month of August. Looking to hold 2 concerts to raise money. Children affected by AIDS, no parents, little nourishment.
Rondey Allen: Crosspoint Clinical
Faith based counseling, psychotheraphy sensitive to faith. Provide other psychoeducation opportunies which integrate faith. Revelation wellness: 8 week guided, spiritual and fitness components. Online Zoom 8-9:30 (approximately). Pastors Luncheon: CS Lewis quote “We are not bodieswith a soul, but souls with a body.” free luncheon to provide educational services with perspectives of experiences mental health counselors. March 28th topic: Issues of the modern family
Deb Shaier: Holyoke boared of health
Outbreak of hepititus A among homeless, if anyone needs vaccine please contact. Facebook webpage in progress. Volunteer at Red Cross: 18+ looking for volunteers
Khalil Rodriguez: Vanguard movement
Refocus gang members towards other lifestyles, build emotional and educational development with peace treaties
Melvin Malave: ROCA Holyoke
17-24 year old men involved in the system – emotional/literacy services, etc. Young mothers program: provide transportation to/from programming, room for children for mothers to engage in programs. Young mothers do not have to have any criminal attachment, commonly have DCF involvement.
Mel Antuno: Way finders Holyoke/Springfield
Redevelopment of property, expand waiting list for those who work in agricultural fields and need housing.
Terry Murphy: Ward 2 City Councilor
If you need help with someone within the city but are not getting responses, will listen and give respect to proposals. Looking for volunteers for afterschool programs from 3:45-5:15 PM Tues/Thurs with 1st-4th graders basketball program. Park department is overseeing, contact parks department.
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