Meeting Notes 2/8/18

Meeting Notes 2/8/18

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes   Date:   February 8, 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...
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Meeting Notes 12/14/17

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes   Date:   December 14, 2017 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...
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Meeting Notes 11/9/17

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes   Date: November 9, 2017 Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm Place: Holyoke Public Library
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Meeting Notes 10/12/17

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes Date:   October 12, 2017 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...
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Meeting Notes 1/11/18

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes Date:   January 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...
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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

 
Date:   February 8, 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        

Becky Lewis, MSW MPH, Chair, Foundations of Health Program, HCC                         1:05pm - 1:20pm

Becky talked about her role at HCC and the Community Health Worker Program which offers a clear path to reach educational and career goals.  HCC recently received a 4 year grant in the amount of $430,000 from HRSA BHVET.  It will pay $3000 per student during a 12 month period. Students take classes developed to fulfill their educational requirement to apply for the Massachusetts certification as a community health worker (CHW) along with getting some practical experience in the field.  Practicum consists of 125 hours of field work of where students can apply theory to their field work.

Students will take 1 class in spring, summer, and fall semesters: Care Competencies, Essential Health Topics or Children’s behavioral health, Practicum for CHW.  Classes are offered evenings 6-9pm or Saturdays 10-4pm.  Criteria for eligibility: College English, Cori/Sori practicum, commitment for completion of 3 classes.  You can complete google form, HCC admission application, and placement testing. Must have high school diploma, GED, or HISET.  Will not accept certificate of attainment.

The purpose of the program is to explore the primary roles/responsibilities of Community Health Workers including: linking individuals and families to needed health, public health, and human services, playing important roles in increasing access to health care, and eliminating health disparities among vulnerable and underserved communities. Contact Rebecca Lewis is (413) 552-2426 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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

Antonio Padilla: Holyoke District Court Probation/ Holyoke Boys and Girls Club

Young Marine program will be starting in March of 2018 and focusing on ages 8-18.  Interested applicants will be screened for acceptance to program through interviews with youth and parents.  Headquarters will be at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club.  They have just partnered with AMR and Baystate to offer a CPR and First Aid training.  Parent orientation will be on March 3rd. Have 21 commitments and are still accepting more. Anticipated graduation will be in June. 

Holyoke Boys and Girls Club will be starting their Hoops for Dreams Basketball Academy where they will be having coaches from the mens and womens teams at Elms College assisting.

Zuheily Gonzalez/Delia Morales: Community Connection Healthcare

They provide home healthcare services to seniors and adults with disabilities.  Care agents are Registered Nurses, Case Managers, and home health aides trying to have client achieve best quality of life possible.

Lauren Dougherty: Womanshelter Companeras

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month and Laruen asked everyone to wear orange on February 13th.

Sarah Schmidt: Gill Technology Center/HCC

Sara talked about some of the programs currently being offered which are free of charge at the Picknelly Center:

Pre College level classes, Transition to college, Computer literacy, College and Career exploration.  Thanked everyone for the amount of referrals she has received from this meeting. They are recruiting for all levels of classes.

Sandy Ward: Friends of the Holyoke Public Library

Announced the return of their Mini Golf fundraiser for the weekend of 4/6/18 and 4/7/18 in all 5 floors of the library.   They added a teen tournament on Saturday starting at 9am.  Teams will consist of 4 players.  Comic book illustrator on 2/17 “Geek Like Me” on how to write comic books.

Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library

Rachel passed around February calendar for the programing in the teen room.  They will be having event on 2/21 from 1-3, “Aviation Exploration”.  Need to RSVP.

Jen Fernandes: United Way

Talked about the THRIVE program for financial success/debt reduction. They help an individual get ahead financially with an array of free and confidential services. Make appointment locations at the PAFEC building, and Westfield at 36 Court Street.

Dr. Neil Boyd: National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)

Dr Boyd introduced himself as the new President of the National Alliance of Mental Illness for Western Massachusetts.  He referred to a letter that was passed around inviting agencies to attend an event on Tuesday, March 13th at 7pm.  It will be held at Rebecca Johnson School at 55 Catharine Street in Springfield. State Commissioner Mikula and her team will be in attendance to share their new plan and how it will affect our families.

Melaney Mendoza: Ma Mentoring

There will be a MMP summit in Boston next week, talking about partnerships.  MMP created MMP Connect, which is a networking group for mentoring and youth development programs.  They will be presenting a training every quarter.

Robert Houle: Unity Financial

They go to organizations and give free seminars that help people to get out of debt.  Financial Education series (18) is to help employees make smart decisions about their finances.  Their goal is to help agencies and their employees achieve financial well-being.

Margaret Curran: Mass Fair Housing Center

Concentrate on issues surrounding housing discrimination.  Talked about the SUN program which stands for support, unlock, navigate.  Program offers support and assistance as you search for housing.  They work with you to find listings that meet your goals and help you become the most competitive applicant you can be.

Gladys Lebron Martinez: Careerpoint/Ward 1 City Councilor

Focused on career/workforce development.  On March 6th, they will be hosting Green Thumb Industry (GTI) for a Job Fair.  They will have a breakfast from 7:30-9 and Job Fair begins at 10am. First 100 applicants will receive help on matters surrounding their CORI.  Presently, they have an influx of Puerto Rican families arriving to Holyoke; they are working with them to receive benefits.  They are also getting ready for their summer employment program.  Looking for host agencies to either sponsor or pay youth.

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 for free college writing and math classes for college eligible students who need a refresher course.  Class is Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:30am-1ppm at VOC.

Bangoni Seranyama: MA Attorney General’s Office

Attorney General’s Office has 2 programs that they will be introducing to Western Ma.  The first will be around immigration law and correct way to practice.  They will be providing education on who can actually practice immigration law, they are willing to do presentations for organizations. The second program will be targeted towards more community involvement to direct folks to free labor council. There will be clinic in April in Springfield.  The Attorney General’s Office is looking for more community involvement to direct folks to free legal council.

Laura Farnsworth: MSPCC

Looking for 14-24 parents to engage in young parenting program.  They are looking to fill a new youth worker position full time and bilingual preferred.

Laura Banks: RVCC

9 week module curriculum for ages 15-19 in sex education.  She has been to local high schools and career centers and would be willing to come out to agencies/organizations.

Shannon Sarkisian: Holyoke Community College (HCC)

Would be willing to do presentation for community providers surrounding various levels of education; HISET/GED, transition, value of education.  Shannon stated that she could curtail presentation to fit area of focus.

Daisy Acosta: Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Daisy is a foster care recruiter looking to increase numbers of foster families.  She is at the Holyoke Public Library every third Saturday of the month from 12pm-1.

Jharikem Borrero-Irizarry: Nuestras Raices

Their next farmers market is 2/17/19 from 10am – 2pm.  They accept SNAP/WIC/DEBT.

Maryanet Wood/Dorrie Brook: Holyoke Public Schools/Jones Whitsett Architects

Inviting agencies to a community meeting at Lawrence School on 2/13 at 6pm.  They are working with the Holyoke Public Schools in designing 2 new schools in the ward 1 area.

Rodney Allen: Cross Point Clinical Services

Christian organization that was created to empower individuals, families and communities to overcome life’s challenges, regardless of their faith perspective. They are based in West Springfield along with Worcester. Provide mental health counseling for individuals, couples, and families.

Lexus Phillips: Holyoke Boys and Girls Club

Looking to come out to agencies and speak with youth & adults about writing and the spoken word.  Currently, she is doing a creative writing class at Boys and Girls club for 6-8th grade. It is an 8 week long program in creative writing and spoken word.  Poetry program will be doing an art show coming up.    They have basketball at the club on Tuesdays/Wednesdays and HISET 2 days a week. After school program; K-7.

Contact Lexus Phillips at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  1 Saturday per month for Teens.

Yessenia Sanchez: BMC

New program for 65 and over; mass health or Medicare.  They will provide transportation to appointment through a private company. BMC has a new program that is focused on seniors 65 and older that have Medicare. Contact if you are interested. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michael Lewis: Providence Ministries

Michael explained that he is the Director of housing for Providence Ministries.  They currently have 3 buildings for sober living and Peer Recovery. They are: Loreto House, Broderick House, and McCleary Manor.  Applicant needs to be one year sober and be able to show stable income.  Providence Ministries also has Kate’s kitchen of where they provide a community meal 7 days a week.  They are looking for facilitators, please reach out to Mike. Fundraising efforts on website and will be having one next week at JP’S proceeds go to Providence Ministries.

Chakai Duany: United Way of Pioneer Valley

They are starting their Resident Leadership Program for ages 16 and up on 5/9/18.  It is a program designed to provide tools and techniques to develop and enhance leadership skills of anyone interested in building a stronger neighborhood community.

Freddy Dejesus: Gandara Center

They are at 80 Commercial Street in Holyoke and have combined with their Springfield Office. They offer therapeutic mentoring, family support, and run parent support group.  Freddy left his cards.  Event on 2/20 from 12pm-2pm, offering lunch.  Will send out digital referral through Ed.

Leah Barack: The Nutrition Center

Offer nutritional counseling for youth/adults on grant funded programs.

Ahyeong Park: St Paul’s Church

Literacy program for homeless mothers and children.  Lessons for mothers to learn to teach children.  The program is a six week program held on Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm; they provide transportation to and from shelters.

St. Paul’s holds a veternas lunch every Thursday, from 12pm to 1:30pm.  Veterans have an opportunity to meet other veterans and other folks from the community.

Officer Lopez: Holyoke Police Department

Code enforcement work with board of health.  Left information to contact him if people notice code violations in apartments.

Basketball Championships: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke 2/16/18                      2:20pm - 2:25pm

Old Business / New Business

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

Close Meeting                                                                                                                                2:30pm

Contact Information:

Edward Caisse

Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

Date:   January 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        

Aimee Funk and Milissa Daniels HCC Jump Start Program / Workforce Trainings  1:05pm - 1:20pm

Sara Schmidt introduced Deborah and Milissa of HCC to talk about the Jump Start Program.  Deb informed the group that program offers many different certifications for those that have an open transitional assistance case.  Typically, program is 6-8 weeks in areas such as nursing assistance, Pharmacy Technician, Culinary, along with educational services.  They work with families and have a need for more daycare assistance.

Milissa continued to speak on the workforce training programs through SNAP benefits.  Overall it is a job readiness program of where you would be working with someone outside of the training programs.  They have a new grant funded program at no cost to participants with a WIOA voucher.  It is 180 hors training program for a career in the restaurant, food service and hospitality industry.

Kermit Dunkelberg, Assistant Vice president for Adult Basic Education and Workforce Development stated that they will be offering a new program in July for a career as a medical assistant.  They are working with many counties and employment agencies such as REB to create and ‘Learn to Earn Program’.  The end goal of HCC for everyone to get a job.

Sara informed everyone if they were looking for more information visit HCC.EDU or Facebook HCC adult learning program, in the areas of adult learning and business.  People can also visit her staff at Picknelly center to get connected to HCC resources.

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

Antonio Padilla: Holyoke District Court Probation/Boys and Girls Club of Holyoke

Young Marine program will be starting in January and focusing on ages 8-18.  Interested applicants will be screened for acceptance to program through interviews with youth and parents.  Headquarters will be at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club.  They have just partnered with AMR and Baystate to offer a CPR and First Aid training.

Chakai Duany/Mel Antuna: Wayfinders

They are starting their Resident Leadership Program for ages 16 and up on 5/9/18.  Will send digital flyer to Ed Caisse to distribute. 3 Kings Celebration will be 1/12/18 at Lawrence School from 6:30-8pm.

Giovanna Randazszo: Massachusetts Fair Housing Center

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. Offering a Fair Housing Tester training on 2/10 for 3 hrs and volunteers has opportunity to make up to $75,

Yessenia Sanchez: BMC

New program for 65 and over; masshealth or medicare.  They will provide transportation to appointment through a private company.

Khalil Rodriguez: Vanguard Movement

Khalil stated that they just secured a location at 401 Main Street in Holyoke for the Vanguards.  Recently started a men’s group with a harm reduction approach.  They are one of the only ‘Pro Gang’ agencies around. He continued to say that they view a gang as a tribe and they attempt to mediate issues between gangs.

Israel Rivera: 1 Holyoke CDC

Israel stated that there community dinner was a success on 12/6/17.  They served upwards of 350 people and special thanks to the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, and RVCC.  1 Holyoke just closed on the Portuguese American Club. Their hope is to use as a community center or rent out space.  He is looking to do a movie night monthly but is looking how to deal with expense.

Gabriel Quaglla: Tapestry Syringe Access

Syringe access program in Holyoke, Greenfield and North Adams.  Open from 8-4pm and provide Narcan training along with dissemination.  They have a syringe hotline to report and they will go out and pick up.  He also talked about an uptick in sexually transmitted diseases and provided testing to the community.

Michael Lewis: Providence Ministries

Michael explained that he is the Director of housing for Providence Ministries.  They currently have 3 buildings for sober living and Peer Recovery. They are: Loreto House, Broderick House, and McCleary Manor.  Applicant needs to be one year sober and be able to show stable income.  Providence Ministries also has Kate’s kitchen of where they provide a community meal 7 days a week.  Michael stated that there Christmas drive was a success and they were able to give out many toys to the community.

Jen Moulton: United Way

Stated that you could visit website at UWPV.org to view basic needs grants.

Pat Duffy: Rep. Vega’s Office

Pat asked if any agencies had issues with resident who have arrived from Puerto Rico.  Deb stated that she has had problems getting someone enrolled through her programing at HCC.  Sara talked about the numbers in the ESOL classes that have created waiting lists with limited funding.  Mel stated that Wayfinders have identified that most need a stable home before they can proceed.  Pat stated that she will forward concerns along to Rep. Vega.

Sarah Schmidt: Gill Technology Center/HCC

Sarah talked about the strategic planning process and inviting community and new students to HCC.

Kermit Dunkelberg: Assistant Vice President HCC

Kermit talked about the partnership with Hampden County Sheriff’s Dept. in offering programs for re-entry.

Miguel Arce: Springfield College

Acknowledged the work of the HSNI and ability to provide forum for agencies to give updates.

Sandy Ward: Holyoke Public Library

Announced the return of their Mini Golf fundraiser for the weekend of 4/6/18 with a team tournament on 4/7/18.  Children under the age of 5 can play for free.  They will have a full 18 hole course throughout the library.  Sandy talked about her work in terms of providing education to families on funeral expenses. 

Sandy is also a volunteer representing the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Mass which can be reached at the link below:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.funeralconsumerswmass.org_&d=DwIFaQ&c=lDF7oMaPKXpkYvev9V-fVahWL0QWnGCCAfCDz1Bns_w&r=EfIfhC4kTXl0FggdHw1jE2qNvv-jpVE6OZG-EVXhrYA&m=zoErcKBa54NbF0gA-ta41LI7uATM1b1HA4miHMERykU&s=tGQN2K2Rm0iD_IEq7AoeIOLB_EolCTdw6vNVd8Nh6nY&e=

 Sandy also provided information for the model railroad exhibit on 1/27 & 1/28 at the Big E.

Sage Inglis: Treehouse, Heroes Youth Leadership Project

Program for anyone that lives in foster care 14 and above.  They will teach them life skills/arts and crafts/ and create a family atmosphere for them.

Laura Banks, River valley counseling center:

8 module curriculum for ages 15-19 in sex education.  She has been to local high schools and career centers and would be willing to come out to agencies.

Liz Whynott: Tapestry Syringe Access

She explained Tapestry’s initiative to give out portable Sharps boxes to those who use needles, in an effort to reduce the number of used needles being discarded on the ground. She also talked about some of the diseases associated with sharing of needles, (i.e. HIV, Hepatitis C), as well as the risk of using needles to inject drugs. She advised that a large majority of drug overdoses are due to IV use. Liz also advised that Tapestry has noticed an uptick in Hepatitis C for the ages between 18-25.  She is looking to work with Springfield and recently gave presentation based on the preventative measures that Tapestry offers opposed to cities that don’t have same resources.

Luis Arzolo: CHD

1/27/18 from 1-3pm at the Springfield Public Library they will be doing presentation to those families involved with DCF.  Luis is the employment and career coaching specialist at CHD.  They are located at 184 Mill St to rent or collaborate.  Issues with some Puerto Rican arrivals in that the shelters are full and being able to fund hotels. Urged agencies to reach out and collaborate This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tamara Ghiet: Odyssey House/Viability

They are a transitional program that can help reintegrate into workforce. They are looking for new staff in their housing department. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kim Colwell: Girls Inc. of Holyoke (elementary)

Academic based afterschool program for girls ages 5-17 concentrating on growth, education, and independence.

Brandy Wilson: Girls Inc. of Holyoke (teen)

Open to 13 and over for afterschool program.  Participants need to be dropped off and staff will bring home.

Mikee Guzman: Valley Opurtunity Council

They are located in Chicopee and Holyoke. Their programs include WIC and fuel assistance. They have programs for teens and young adults, programs involving schooling and adult education, a senior companion program, and child care. You can contact them through their Website or Facebook page.   Four levels of ESL classes and still have some space available.

Laura Farnsworth: MSPCC

Looking for 14-24 parents to engage in young parenting program.

Sgt. Hart: Holyoke Police Department

Sgt. Hart mentioned the Moblie Community Policing and encouraged agency representatives to come out with they have their MCP assignments in the community.

Dori Digenti: Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness

Dori Offers yoga, mindfulness meditation, and related events to Holyoke and surrounding communities. They are dedicated to connecting with others to support the vibrant health of body, mind, and spirit. Non-profit studio, where Tuesday classes are by donation.

Spanish speaking yoga instructor is needed. Breathing Space is located at: STEAM Building 208 Race Street Suite 301 Holyoke. 413-437-0747. Online at: breathingspaceholyoke.com

Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library

Rachel passed around January calendar for the programing in the teen room. 

 

Winter All-Star Game: Basketball Hall of Fame, January 22nd from 5pm to 9pm            2:20pm - 2:25pm

Old Business / New Business

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

Close Meeting                                                                                                                                2:30pm

Contact Information:

Edward Caisse

Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

 

Date: November 9, 2017

Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Place: Holyoke Public Library

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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

 
Date:   December 14, 2017

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        

Presentation by Jordana Willers, Ed.M  (IHR)                        1:05pm - 1:15pm

Jordana introduced herself as a youth training and systems specialist in the Central and Western areas of the state. They offer access to a continuum of treatment for youth and young adults with substance use disorders. IHR is in partnership with Bureau of Substance Addiction (BSAS) to help youth service agencies increase ablilty to identify and address substance use issues.

They will offer consultation on substance use to serving systems and organizations along with resources and ongoing assistance in the legal arena.  They will also help navigate and identify barriers to treatment, across multiple systems.

Jordana passed around handouts for Substance Abuse Treatment-Outpatient Services for Youth (under the age of 18) in Western Ma along with Youth and Young Adult Substance Use Services Directory.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (DCF Families Only)

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (Family Recovery)

For more information visit: http://www.healthrecovery.org/about-us/

Family Recovery Council of Hampden County meets quarterly from 1:30-3:30. Next meeting will be at Providence Behavioral Health on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Agency Overview and Updates                                                1:15pm - 2:20pm

Veronica Garcia: WGBY 37

They will be hosting a Christmas Concert event at Holyoke High School on 12/22/17 at 5:30.  They are still looking for donations of toys and winter coats.

Angela Callahan: RVCC

They will be opening a new location in Easthampton in 2018.  Their pharmacy in River Valley is doing well and provides patients with the convenience of filling scripts after meeting with clinicians. They recently received a sex education grant to serve ages 14 and older.  They are currently in Dean and Holyoke High and are looking for more referrals.

James Biscoe: Cleanslate

They have been around since 2009 and focus on opiate/alcohol addiction.  They have new medical director, no waiting list and have locations across the state; as well as Holyoke and Springfield.

Sarah Schmidt: Gill Technology Center/HCC

Passed around flyer and have classes for GED, workforce training and will be presenting at the next HSNI meeting in January surrounding the work of Gill/HCC in Holyoke.  Sarah talked about a recent grant they received to start a culinary program through HCC.  It will be a 20 hrs a week for 9 weeks to gain employment in the culinary field.  Utilize the following link for more information:

http://www.hcc.edu/courses-and-programs/workforce-development/free-classes-for-unemployed-and-underemployed

Johanna Acevedo: Girls Inc. of Holyoke

Academic based afterschool program for girls ages 5-17 concentrating on growth, education, and independence.

Lexus Phillips: Boys and Girls Club of Great Holyoke

Looking to come out to agencies and speak with youth & adults about writing and the spoken word.  Currently, she is doing a poetry series at Boys and Girls club for 4-6 weeks.  They have basketball at the club on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as HISET prep beginning on 1/8/18.

Jordana Willers: Institute for Health and Recovery

Available to come out to agencies to answer any questions our help navigate programs. 7pm on Thursdays, Learn to cope meetings.

Melvin Malave: ROCA

Melvin stated that they are still operating out of Career Point and trying to secure a location for ROCA in Holyoke. They work with proven risk youth between the ages of 17-24 to keep them on the right path. They have begun their ‘Young Mothers’ group in Springfield.

Sandy Ward: Friends of the Holyoke Public Library

Announced the return of their Mini Golf fundraiser for the weekend of 4/6/18 with a team tournament on 4/7/18.

Rodney Allen: Cross Point Clinical Services

Taking applications for Clinical Office Coordinator: crosspointclinical.org.

Neil Desroches: US Attorney’s Office

Neil stated that the US Attorney’s Office is committed to the community surrounding issues of public safety.

Gladys LeBron-Martinez: Career Point

Focused on career/workforce development.  Presently, they have an influx of Puerto Rican families arriving to Holyoke; approximately 300 engaged.  They are currently tracking families in terms of their certification/accreditations with Department of Labor.  At 2pm she runs workshop with Job Corp to teach them about one stop career centers.

Antonio Padilla: Holyoke District Court Probation/Boys and Girls Club of Great Holyoke

Young Marine program will be starting in January and focusing on ages 8-18.  Interested applicants will be screened for acceptance to program through interviews with youth and parents.  Headquarters will be at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club.

Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library

Rachel passed around December calendar for the programing in the teen room.  Please RSVP for those interested in the Interactive Graphic Novels workshop on 1/17/18 from 4-6pm.

Christine Alger: Holyoke Youth Task Force/RVCC/Connections HHS

Looking to fill slots for afterschool program to get grades up 2 times a week for 1 hr. Christine stated that she is working with River Valley and is looking to come out to agencies/organizations to speak about Sex Education.

Holyoke Youth Task Force is taking applications.  They will be involved/learn public speaking and other events.

Marisol Guevara: Springfield College-PCS

Looking for applicants to pursue Bachelor or Master level degrees in an accelerated 16-24 month program.  Will be hosting an open house on 2/3/18.

Nelson Roman: Nueva Esperonza / Ward 2 City Councilor

Nueva Esperonza is assisting the many families arriving from Puerto Rico.  Looking for toys for 3 Kings Day at Lawrence School on 1/6/18 from 1-3pm.  They recently had a sponsor donate $5,000 and are looking for more donations to support 300 families.  They have recently started a Men of Color Group along with a Women of Color Group to support HIV in conjunction with RVCC.

City Council inauguration is on 1/2/18 at city hall from 10-11am.

Luis Arzola: CHD

1/27/18 from 1-3pm at the Springfield Public Library they will be doing presentation to those families involved with DCF.  Open House to shelters on 12/19/17 1-3pm at 184 Mill Street in Springfield.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


They will be opening an office in Greenfield and Providence, RI.

Eileen Crosby: Holyoke Public Library

1/13/18 at 1pm event with Mt. Holyoke Professor, David Hernandez.  He is a Professor in Latina/o and specialist in immigration/detention/deportation.  They will be discussing “Boarders Detention in the Trump Era.”

Family Fun Night Friday, 12/15/17 5pm to 7pm at Morgan       2:20pm - 2:25pm

Old Business / New Business

Next Meeting is Thursday, January 11th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library

Close Meeting                                                                                          2:30pm

Contact Information:

Edward Caisse

Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

Date:   October 12, 2017

Time:   1:00pm to 2:30pm

Place:   Holyoke Public Library

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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 had everyone go around the room with agency introductions.

Presentation by Jen Fernandes (United Way: Thrive Program)                            1:05pm - 1:25pm

Thrive: Your one-stop financial success center

Thrive opened in 2015. Services are free to anyone in the community. It is meant to help people to become financially stable and healthy. The goal is to help people to grow as much money as they can. People can come to thrive for individual financial coaching. Credit score and debt can be very overwhelming. Going to thrive can help you get a deeper look into what is going on. Some services offered there are: confidential screenings, workforce training, money skills classes, debt reduction, credit repair help, financial coaching sessions, etc.  Thrive helps their clients to reallocate their income and money in order to plan for the future. They also help people with banking concerns. They also screen for SNAP (food stamps). Thrive is very hands on and they will go with you out in the community in order to help make the client comfortable, be it with debt collectors, to the bank, or even to court.

Location: 203 Maple Street Holyoke, MA. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Jen is there from 9-4.

36 Court Streets, Westfield, MA. Jen is here Tuesday and Friday from 9-4.

Phone number: (413) 552-2941

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Antonio Padilla (Holyoke District Probation / Boys and Girls Club)

The Young Marines chapter in Holyoke will be official after 9 months of planning. The headquarters will be at the Holyoke Boys and Girls club (all training and boot camp will take place there). The Young Marines is meant to help to reduce the drop-out rate, bring more discipline to the next generation and to motivate the youth of Holyoke. They have 30 volunteers so far, many of which are experienced with military service and who have higher education or who work in law enforcement. The Young Marines includes ages 8-17 but right now Holyoke is working with ages 12-17 to build up leadership. Girls and Boys may join but they need to be in good standing in the school.  Youth will have CPR and mentorship training. They will have a liaison from the HBGC that will be in constant communication with Holyoke Public Schools regarding those involved in program.  The program cannot be court ordered, is not a recruiting tool, and is not meant to be a “scared straight” experience. There will be mentorship and CPR training. The young Marines will include a lot of volunteer work. They want parents to be engaged in the program as well, not just drop their children off. (Only 35 will be accepted for the first boot camp)

Agency Overview and Updates                                                                                1:25pm -  2:20pm

Shannon  Pineault: Goodwill Industries

Sharron: Goodwill manufacturing training 9-3 every other week. All individuals are welcome. Interview prep and opportunities to help people to get clothing for 231 South Street.

Pastor Marissa Egerston: St. Paul’s Church

St. Paul’s Church: October 18th 6-7 pm is a community reception at St. Paul’s Church

State Rep. Aaron Vega

State passed a supplemental budget of $4million and will help fund Holyoke Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI).  State Rep. Vega urged everyone to read link to senate version of the Criminal Justice Reform Program.  They are looking at new bill on gun regulations.

Lauren Dougherty: Womanshelter Companeras

October is Domestic Violence awareness month. Please wear purple and send in photos to show that support. There is a STEAM Exhibit at 208 Race Street (silent art showing for people who have died from domestic violence)

Margaret Curran: Ma Fair Housing Center (MFHC)

They want to be proactive around hurricane relief in Holyoke and make land lords be mindful of discrimination. Following Hurricane Katrina landlords started discriminate against those trying to relocate. MFHC is anticipating an influx of residents from Puerto Rico to Holyoke.

Also they can come to you and train you or your company as you try to support people going through the re-settlement process.

Sandy Ward: Holyoke Public Library

Tuesday, 10/16/17, at 5:30 Robert Forant will be talking about ‘what went wrong with the planned industrial city’ in Holyoke and the pioneer valley. In his talk, Professor Forrant will describe how the vibrant economy of Holyoke and larger Pioneer valley supported thousands of worker and their families. On Friday, 10/20/17, at

5:00pm, Dr. Llana Barber is coming to speak about her insights to explore the parallels between Holyoke and Lawrence in recent past.  Lawrence, Massachusetts was one of New England’s first Latino majority cities.  Dr. Barber will also be available for a book signing, ‘Latino City: Immigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts’

Edgar Robles: Holyoke Public Schools

In response to the recent hurricane in Puerto Rico, Holyoke Public School and Enlace de Familias will be assisting in relocation efforts to Holyoke.  Please contact Rebeca Chaverri, Homeless Education Coordinator, at (413) 534-2000, ext. 1140 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lesley Birk: Boy Scouts of America (BSOA)

Starting in January 2018, BSOA will be an inclusive organization that will be including females to their troops. On 11/30/17, the BSOA will be honoring Ed Caisse with the ‘Good Scouting’ Award at the Log Cabin from 6-8pm.  Tickets will be $35 and will be available shortly.

Gustavo Acosta: Phoenix Charter Academy

They are a Charter High School in Springfield that challenges resilient, disconnected students with rigorous academics and relentless supports so they take ownership of their futures.  They are currently accepting all students 14-22 years old: www.phoenixcharteracademy.org

Lexus Phillips: Holyoke Boys and Girls Club

Join them on 11/2/17 as they celebrate our past and future: 125th Anniversary Celebration.  On Thursday, 11/2/17, from 6-9pm at the Wherehouse in Holyoke.

We are honored to be part of Holyoke's history - and its future.

Ali Pinshmidt: Transformative Culture Project

Youth media development organization. If you know any youth who are interested in learning filming or production there will be a yearlong filmmaking program.  Fill out a short application at: www.bit.ly/applyBCWM. (Deadline is October 18th).   Learn to make videos about important issues in your community.  Compensation provided after completion of program. 3 days a week after school for one year.

Saul Caban: Career Point

Career counseling. It’s at 850 High St in Holyoke. It’s a one stop career destination meant to help people find work.

Jose Pedraza: HCC/Gill Technology

Computer classes for the semester have begun. They also offer transition to college classes, ESOL classes, career exploration classes, etc. Most of these classes are free. They are willing to teach people from Puerto Rico as well.

Rachel Dowd: Teen outreach coordinator in the Holyoke Public Library

Passed around October calendar for October teen room programming.

Deidra Murphy: MSPCC

Program helps teens and young parents under 24, it is free! They have groups and services, nutrition, career building classes, etc. No insurance needed to qualify for free services. They are also hiring a part-time RN, and youth worker (bachelors position), and also a healthy families director.

Holiday group is coming up. Presents for the kids, Santa will be there, etc. They are looking for a location so if you have or no one PLEASE contact them. Looking to hold event between 3-5pm with dinner.

Yesenia Sanchez: Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan

BMC has a new program that is focused on seniors 65 and older that have Medicare. Contact if you are interested. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alonzo Mark: Lighthouse Holyoke

T-Shirts for sale. The first block of classes is finished today. They are reaching out to any agencies that can help them do teen workshops that help with career development and are targeted at teenagers. Also mentors to help guide them and to keep the teens on the right path.

Jen Fernandez: THRIVE/United Way

Jen offered to come out to any organizations and present Thrive to them

Jen Moulton: United Way

If you have anyone who is working on opioid topics and want to reach out with other groups and organizations that do that than they are willing to be the middle person and to make those connections happen.

Alison Proctor: Springfield DPH Scoop Coalition

Thursday Nov. 30th, having a harm reduction panel. This is meant to educate the public on what harm reduction is. More details will come in the future and will work through Ed to get information out.

Kim Colwell: Girls Inc of Holyoke

Girls between the ages of 5 and 18 who need an afterschool program they have openings.

Eric Thorpe: Ameri-Corps Vista

Tomorrow is his last day. There will be a fall walking group. It’s meant to keep people up and moving in the fall. Tuesday at 5 pm in the library. There are 5 free classes on leadership training. The class will start in May and the applications will be due in March. 

Dori Digenti: Breathing Space/Yoga and mindfulness recovery studio.

Want to sponsor two young people who can do yoga teacher training (she wants to start that up)

Shannon Sarkisian: Holyoke Community College

Event coming up through HCC, Bay State, etc.  Tuesday December 5th, 3:00-6:30 Career readiness and also a college fair. They introduce them to colleges and also want to show them how college works and teach them about costs and more. Free dinner will be included. It will be at Holyoke High.

Maria Arrojo: BHN/HHC

Organizing support groups for the families of people arriving from Puerto Rico.

Glorimar Irizarry: Holyoke Health Center

Free testing and counseling but now they also offer those things at their Chicopee site 505 Front Street. Tuesday 1-4 walk-ins are welcome. Flyers will be sent to Ed so that the information is offered.

They will be giving out candy on Halloween.

Holyoke Health Center is helping families from Puerto Rico to get insurance and also same day care. They are working on a formal process right now but they are NOT closing their doors to anyone at the moment.

Browyn Murphy: Holyoke Health Center

Hurricane relief, Holyoke Health Center is ensuring everyone has enrollment coverage, same day care; they are not turning folks away that need services. They are currently working on a process of getting families into care.

Israel Rivera: One Holyoke CDC

They will be holding a Community celebration on December 6th. Free food and events for whoever is coming. They are also looking for sponsors to raise the last 1500 dollars that they need to run this event. They want everyone in the community to get together and create a community space to connect service providers with people who actually live in the community. At Kelly school 216 West St. Holyoke. 10/18/17, at 6pm report on PAM project survey.  UMASS put information together and will present at El Mercado.

Jordana Willers: 1HR

They are institute on health and recovery: She does free trainings on disorders, youth and drugs, teenage trauma and drug abuse, and on resources available to help youth dealing with these things. Mass has a new substance use health line: Healthlinema.org

Meetings (Hamden county council): Dec 5th 1:30 to 3:30

Christine Alger: Holyoke Youth Task Force

11:30 meeting next week (all youth focused)

Adolescence sexual health: They want to have youth ages 15 to 19 that come to learn about sexual health for 10 weeks and then teach their own peers about safe sex.

Laura Banks: River Valley Counseling Center

Looking for churches, schools, etc. who are looking for an 8-week module class that helps them to learn about sex and making “proud choices” when it comes to sex.

Family Fun Night at Morgan School 10/27 6pm to 8pm                                            2:20pm - 2:25pm

Looking for volunteers

Old Business / New Business

Next Meeting is Thursday, November 9th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library

Spread The Work: Basketball Sign-ups at the Boys and Girls Club:

4th- 5th Grades: Oct. 24th and Oct. 31st

High School: Oct. 25th and Nov. 1s

Close Meeting                                                                                                                      2:30pm

 

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