Meeting Notes 9/12/19

Meeting Notes 9/12/19

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes Date:    September 12, 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...
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Meeting Notes 12/12/19

Meeting Notes 12/12/19

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes Date: December 12, 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...
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Meeting Notes 11/14/19

Meeting Notes 11/14/19

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes Date:   November 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...
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Meeting Notes 10/10/19

Meeting Notes 10/10/19

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes Date: October 10, 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...
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Meeting Notes 1/9/20

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January 15, 2020

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

Date:   January 9, 2020

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        

Mara Shulman: Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids     1:05pm - 1:20pm

Staff Attorney, Health Law Advocates

Mara and talked about the many services that their program offers. They are located in seven counties across the commonwealth. They begin to improve special education services; secure and or coordinate community based mental health services. Collaborate with DCF, DMH and Department of Developmental Services. They advocate for general education accommodations and assist with health insurance coverage.

In 2015 Boston University’s School of Public Health conducted a 2 year study on the efficacy of Mental Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) for Kids.

The results showed that MHAP engagement improved school attendance and decreased use of emergency mental health services by children, impatient hospitalizations of children, stays in residential facilities and emergency shelters. Study also showed an improved overall mental health of child, reduced parental rates of depression and stress.

To start an intake contact (617) 338-5241 or fill out an intake form.   The intake paralegal will ask for basic information surrounding your household along with detailed description of problem(s) experienced. If you are determined to meet criteria an attorney will contact you as soon as possible.

Mara concluded with playing a testimony called ‘Tristan’s Story’ which summarized the work of MHAP.

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

Sergio Vicente: Masshire

Offices located at 850 High Street - have admission counselor from Job Corp who is there every Tuesday and Thursday. Employment opportunities available for youth who live in Mass Housing Finance Agencies Recruiting youth for Ma Housing. They are currently working towards summer opportunities and hoping to partner with agneicies to place youth in employment positions for the summer program.

Nathalie Vicencio: Wayfinders

Wednesday, 1/22/20 from 1-2:30 and 1/29/20 for a fair housing presentation by Nathalie. You will learn basic fair housing rights under federal and state law and how to identify discrimination in housing transactions.

Rondey Allen: Crosspoint Clinical Services

Specialize in Christian based counseling, accept most insurance. Practice evidence based counseling along with create environment where counselors are trained in faith based services. Educate pastors and reduce stigma surrounding mental health. Anger management group for men, Respect 101, beginning 1/11/20 8-9:30am. 10 sessions. They also have next Pastor Luncheon, 2/20/20.

Nayroby Rosa Soriano: One Holyoke CDC

Nayroby talked about employment fair for Census 2020 on 1/22/20 from 4-7 pm at 43 Canal Street in Holyoke.

Adlyn Colon: HCC/PAFEC

Offering classes at HCC for Cannabis Education on 1/16, 1/23, 2/6, 2/27, and 4 /30/20 from 6-9pm.

Bishop Boyd: NAMI

Mental health support for quality of life improvement. Bring awareness to mental illness by community outreach and presentations at schools and local organizations.

Migdalia Rivera: Caregiver Homes

Migdalia talked about the services provided in home for case management. First Wednesday of month they meet at Holyoke Senior Center.

Susan Ventura: Golden Years Homecare

Home Healthcare Services to assist with daily living activities, entrench themselves within the community, looking to train and hire local individuals who are familiar with the community and its members. Train on site for all individuals. Looking to get involved with community work involving seniors and youth to bring the two together and build relationships.

They are looking to hire LPNs, CNAs, HHAs and will educate and certify on in-house professional training program. Contact Susan Ventura at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Shannon Sarkisian: HCC

Interested in connecting with individuals who may be nervous to begin transition to college. Willing to work directly with youth and assist them personally, could be a “one stop shop”. Folks over 60 can take credits for $50 beginning January 14th.

Jose Bou: Holyoke Public Schools

Trying to create spaces to talk about search for new Holyoke Public School Superintendent.

Katelyne Tiffany: Western Mass Eldercare

Provide brochures, provide care to elders and service providers. Public health institute/Baystate received grant for electronic resource database. Spoke about agencies going to the database on-line and claiming their program. If the program is not yet listed in the database, you can add it.

Angela Callahan: RVCC

Started group focused young children that experienced loss on Mondays 4-5pm, flyer passed out. They have also started a therapeutic writing program for victims of sexual abuse in Chicopee.

Sophie Schouboe: Food Bank of Western Mass

Passed around flyer for SNAP benefits and how to see eligibility. Income is just one of the eligibility factors considered. Call 1 800 247 9632 for more information. They are able to help folks fill out the application for Snap benefits over the phone, both in English and Spanish. They are looking for young folks and hosting a volunteer session on 2/4 from 5:30pm to 8pm.

Angel Coriano: Homework House

Angel was recently hired as a program director of a Homework House. They engage youth between 1-4 grades. They are looking to hire two part time staff.

Angie Savageau: HCSD Grant Coordinator

Angie introduced herself as being the contact for the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department if other agencies are looking to partner on a grant.

Azizah Yasin: Holyoke District Court

Working towards diversion program for individuals who struggle with substance use and have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Looking to bring clinicians to the court house, to address issues and work towards becoming positive, constructive members of the community and our families. Looking to implement this in several stages within the criminal justice structure and process. Overall goal is to help with sobriety outside of incarceration.

Cass Pastorelle: Eagle Eye Institute

Partner with youth and schools for individuals to connect with the natural world through hands on experiences. Looking for new partners to work with, currently in 3rd year of working with Dean Campus. Connecting with nature will further one’s ability to connect with self, others, and leadership roles. Please reach out if interested, work in Holyoke and Berkshire areas. Offer teen internship during summer. Currently recruiting Americore member specific for land conservation, full-time paid position for January – July to expand program offering.

Jim Pickett: St Paul’s Episcopal Church

They are always looking to collaborate with other agencies. They have started services on Thursday nights at 6pm in Spanish. Also looking to start community garden.

Veronica White: Teen Librarian Holyoke Public library

Veronica introduced herself as the new Teen Librarian. Looking to collaborate with other agencies on youth engagement.

Sandy Ward: Holyoke Public Library

Annual mini-golf event will be held on April 4th, 2020. Currently looking for volunteers and sponsors for the event. It will be $5 admission for ages 6 and up and those under the age of 6 are free. They are offering foosball this year.

Katie Roberts: Clean Slate

Offering medical assisted treatment (MAT) for opiate/alcohol addiction. They also assist with Hepatitis C treatment. The have evening hours, but are closed on weekends. They take self pay or insurance.

Jose Montalvo: Clean Slate

Asked agencies to refer those that are struggling with addiction, because the opiet crisis is bad, there have been many overdoses.

Erica Matos: Top Flight Nutrition

Recently opened nutrition program on Dwight St. Passed around flyer and cards.

Thais Rivera: CPM

Works with DTA to find employment and to make career connections. Young parent program for 14 -24 in English/Spanish. Transition to College programs. Work with employers for job placement and offer wrap around services. Passed around flyer and cards.

Alyssa Lajoie: NEFWC

Offer HI Set & GED prep classes for individuals 16-24, classes are offered in both English and Spanish. Accepting referrals.

Debbie Gonzalez: Hope for Holyoke

Serving adults 18 and over in recovery. Services are offered all week including weekends. They have approximately 50 clients a day looking for support.   5th Anniversary of Hope for Holyoke and will be giving Partnership Awards.

 

Melissa Daniels: Hope for Holyoke

Recovery coach offering services.

James Maloney: Hope for Holyoke

Looking to collaborate with other agencies and can give presentations surrounding Gambling prevention. 2 ambassadors from Pittsfield to Holyoke.

Jasarah Burgos: Holyoke Public Schools

2 family resource centers at Morgan and Peck Schools. Looking to engage community.

Dean Santiago: Peck School

Parent workshop for those who have kids with behavior challenges and how to identify source of behavior, passed out flyers. Also offering Facilitator Workshop on 1/14/20 from 12:30-3pm at Peck school.

Luis Arzola: CHD

In library every Thursday from 10-2, facilitates resume building, employment search, can use the computer lab at the library. Assist in resume building and completing applications. Also offer nurturing fathers program, work with males on how to be a nurturing fathers. 265-9950. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David McCoy: HSNI Outreach Coordinator

Engage with community in springtime to participate in clean-ups, along with knocking on doors to connect with community members to find out what services may be needed.

Jaime Santiago: MSPCC

Opening Therapeutic mentor program for children that have experienced trauma, have a short waiting list.


Shawn Garvey: HCSD

Working in collaboration with Holyoke Police department Monday-Friday.

Glenda Vargas: DV Shelter

Emergency shelter for sex trafficking survivors and victims of domestic violence. They have case manager working with you and are looking to hire.

Flor Diaz: VOC

Diaper bank is coming along at 300 High Street, planning a grand opening and hoping to open on February 14th, still accepting donations. Inviting partners to come take a tour of the facility, she will send out information.

Yashira Luna: HCS Headstart

Recently opened two facilities and are enrolling in both Holyoke and Springfield.

Kim Colwell: Girls Inc.

After school and summer program have openings, they are open even when schools are closed.

Laura Soderbaum: Holyoke Housing Authority

Mentioned that Holyoke Housing will be starting a development in South Holyoke. They will be holding an informational meeting at El Mercado on January 22nd at 6pm.

Debbie Schaier: Nurse, Holyoke Board of Health

Mentioned the importance of the Hep A vaccine for adults, especially the homeless population. They are looking to engage some of the homeless to focus on disease prevention. Flu is on the rise in Holyoke, encouraged folks to get vaccinated, which will be available up until March.

Family Fun Night at Morgan School: 1/17/20 5pm to 7pm         2:20pm - 2:25pm

Old Business / New Business

  • Next Meeting is Thursday, February 13th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library
  • All-Star Game at the Basketball Hall of Fame: 1/22 5pm to 9pm

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: December 12, 2019

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        

Kevin Joslyn: For the Love of Good Foundation           1:05pm - 1:20pm

Opened approximately 1 year ago. Nonprofit organization that helps others who are in need, changing the world with kindness. Help struggling, disadvantage neighbors such as children, elderly, women in shelters, disabled, homeless. Help with things like food, rent, clothing, school supplies, eye glasses, transportation, and medical needs. Decide on case by case basis – short application process. Following criteria: immediacy, life sustaining needs, cost of need. No cash will be handed out, pay for services directly or provide gift cards. “Offer a hand up, not a hand out”. If you would like to join the team, all are welcomed including children. 75% of the work is local, 25% is worldwide such as Haiti. Do direct community work with individuals within the community for immediate services. As of one year mark, have fed and clothed over 2,000 individuals. With provide help to the same individuals twice a year, every six months. FortheLoveofGoodFoundation.org

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

Leanna Bonafini: Dial Self Americorp

Leanna passed out survey looking for input from the community as to what services could be provided.

Micah Katz Zeiger: Enlace de Familia

LGBTQ Youth Services: looking for new members, passed out flyer with contact information.

Rondey Allen, Cross Point Clinical

Specialize in Christian based counseling, accept most insurances. Practice evidence based counseling along with create environment where counselors are trained in faith based services. Educate pastors and reduce stigma surrounding mental health. Anger management group for men, Respect 101, $150 fee for 10 session class for individuals without insurance.

Allison Scott: DialSelf AmeriCorps

If you work with young individuals, please apply to host Americorps member or apply to become an Americorps Member, which is a ten month timeline.

Joanne O’Toole: Homework House

Free after school program. Looking for volunteers or anyone who qualifies for work study. Currently on waiting list.

Hope Ross: Learn in Motion VOC

Enrichment programs in school along with community events. Also work with VOC for free enrollment program, 7 openings for all day Pre-K at Morgan School (4 year old)

Abby Mahoney: HCC

Recruiting for new cohort, free program for early childhood educators. If you work for an agency that employs early childhood educators, please reach out.

Nathalie Vicencio: Way Finders

Passed out federal rights for housing. If you have clients who need help with housing challenges, please reach out. Officer hours at Way Finders along with Springfield location.  They help families with children, disabilities, substance use history and after incarceration support.

Picknelly Center

Specialize in ESL classes and HiSet prep. Offer programs starting in January in March such as culinary, EMT & CNA offered in Springfield and Holyoke. Classes will be held at community center in Holyoke. Have partnered with IT company for free technology training and job placement after free training. Training being held on Maple Street in January.

Steve Roberts: Boy Scouts of Western Mass

Looking for volunteers to establish scouting units. New opportunity for open house once a month (Saturday, 9 AM – 3 PM) to challenge youth on trying new things. Employment opportunities at Westfield retail shop and at all summer camp programs. Website WMASCOUTING.ORG. Adult volunteer commitment involves spending time with youth, 1x week meeting to work on projects and advancement, provide leadership skills.

Victor Ortiz:  Department of Veteran Affairs

Center for minority veterans: outreach work to ensure all veterans receive equal services. Serve veterans who are PI, Asian American, Native American, American Indian, African Americans, etc. Brochure handed out with contact information.

Bishop Neal Boyd: NAMI

Mental health support for quality of life improvement. Bring awareness to mental illness by community outreach and presentations at schools and local organizations.

Nicole Young: United Way Pioneer Valley

Looking for volunteers to assist with income tax assistance program, no past work history required, training is provided. Based on your location, call closest site to you to sign up.

Glennice Ryan: RVCC/WISE

Grant based program which is free for 8-13 year olds. Help children stay in school, handle social emotional learning, etc. Looking for partnerships with other agencies.

Susan Ventura: Golden Years Homecare

Home Healthcare Services to assist with daily living activities, entrench themselves within the community, looking to train and hire local individuals who are familiar with the community and its members. Train on site for all individuals. Looking to get involved with community work involving seniors and youth to bring the two together and build relationships.

Cynthia City of Office and Planning

Celebrating Puerto Rican community and culture, youth are leading walking tour. Officers oversee bike and pedestrian safety, celebrating winter solstice, meet at merry go round for walking tour to chestnut park.

Helena Dixon: VOC

Passed out flyers for adult based education preparation, have bridge to college class for those who have high school diploma but who are not ready to take finalizing exams for college entry. Offer free English as a second language classes morning and night, offer classes for those with transportation issues with a distance learning approach. Recruiting volunteers to help with youth and elder services.

Kevin Joslyn: For the love of good

PowerPoint presentations available

Kelly Young: Parent Support Program YWCA

Work with pregnant and parenting youth up to the age of 23. Children can be in DCF care and will still provide support. Each family has own individualized treatment plan.

Aziz Hassin: Holyoke District Court

Working towards diversion program for individuals who struggle with substance use and have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Looking to bring clinicians to the court house, to address issues and work towards becoming positive, constructive members of the community and our families. Looking to implement this in several stages within the criminal justice structure and process.

Cass Pastorelle Eagle Eye

Partner with youth and schools for individuals to connect with the natural world through hands on experiences. Looking for new partners to work with, currently in 3rd year of working with Dean Campus. Connecting with nature will further one’s ability to connect with self, others, and leadership roles. Please reach out if interested, work in Holyoke and Berkshire areas. Offer teen internship during summer. Currently recruiting Americore member specific for land conservation, full-time paid position for January – July to expand program offering.

Kim Gilhuly: Public Health Institute of Western MA

Four specific domain (violence/injury prevention, primary prevention, healthy eating and active living, etc.) looking to get feedback as to where other individuals and agencies are in this process.

Marissa Egerstrom: St. Paul’s Congregation

Veteran’s lunch is continuing, also connect veterans with services. Spanish English Mass on Thursday nights has begun, LGBTQ friendly space.

Sandy Ward: Holyoke Public Library / Funeral Consumers Alliance

Activists on options regarding death. Support with empty arms bereavement support for individuals who have lost children, help with funeral expenses for babies. If you have experience within this field, please reach out and connect.

Kelly Dobbins: Operation SOS

Focus on elementary aged children to provide meals for them and their families along with provide guest speaking opportunities to encourage continual education. Looking to extend program to Holyoke. Provide 4 scholarships each year.

Susan Hagen: US Census

Recruiting for 2020 Census, $19/hr for part time or weekends. Need over 1,200 people for this county. Need accurate count of all individuals who are being serviced. Looking to ensure language is correct on forms being provided. Willing to come to speak with staff and agencies about opportunities and importance of census information.

Sylvia Ruiz: Fallon Navicare

Work with 65 and older and veterans. Medicare advantage program for individuals who are low income. Looking to connect with resources and agencies to further provide services.

Melvin Melave: ROCA Holyoke

Process for accepting referrals, in process of working for 16-24 year old young women in Holyoke but provide services for 17-24 year old men at both locations. Provide wrap around services to individuals in the community who are struggling, willing to meet them where they are at.

Yesenia Cruz: Adcare Outpatient

Detox services in Worcester/RI, provide transportation to services. Provide services to individuals who are 18 plus.

Sergio Vicente: Mass Hire

Passed out flyer for collaboration with HCC. Looking for youth who are able to commit to 6 week program for hydroponic farming. Receive certificate to work for any hydroponic farming area. Looking to recruit 4 more youth who are 18 and older.

Deb Flynn-Gonzalez: Hope for Holyoke

Help individuals in substance use recovery, holding sober NYE party on 12/31 from 5-10 PM, open to community members. Has Facebook page with information. Also help individuals who are homeless or need clothing provided. Having luncheon on 24th for individuals to come in and get free food.

David McCoy: HSNI

Engage with community in springtime to participate in clean-ups, along with knocking on doors to connect with community members to find out what services may be needed.

Flore Diaz: VOC / WIC

Diaper bank is coming along, hoping to open by end of January beginning on February, still accepting donations.

Alijah: MSPCC

Victim services: offer trauma counseling for youth ages 3-22 who are survivors of abuse, community violence, or witness of homicide. Accept all insurances as they are grant funded.

Katelynn Tiffany: Wmass Elder Care

Provide brochures, provide care to elders and service providers. Public health institute/Baystate received grant for electronic resource database.

Family Fun Night at Morgan School: 12/20/19 5pm to 7pm                     2:20pm - 2:23pm

Young Marines Graduation: Saturday, 12/14/19 10:45am, Boys and Girls Club      2:23pm - 2:25pm

Old Business / New Business

  • Next Meeting is Thursday, January 9th 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 10, 2019

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        

Clay Connor: Westover Job Corps Center                                            1:05pm - 1:20pm

Westover Job Corps serves Western and Greater MA and is available for students who are interested in making positive changes in their lives and offer different trade-skills along with soft-skills training for gaining employment.

Westover offers services to individuals 16-24 years old; if an individual is a veteran or have a disability; the 24 year age limit doesn’t apply. Most students come from inner cities and the program offers for them to live within the facility – dorms are separated by gender. Westover will provide meals and housing for their students. If an individual lives out of the area and cannot afford transportation to the facility, the center will pay. Westover also offers medical/dental care needs along with have a medical center within their facility.

If an individual is struggling with substance use, Westover can provide drug and alcohol counseling for students who it applies to. Offer evening studies for individuals who may work during the day. If you are a student at Job Corps they have a drivers ed instructor on property who will provide them with driving lessons and assist in getting their license. Westover is now in partnership with API, and all classrooms now have smart boards. Individuals can take college credits while attending Job Corps which the funding for these courses will be covered by Job Cops. Students will be provided with 3 meals a day during the week and 2 meals on the weekends.

There are a variety of trades offered within the facility such as: carpentry, plumbing, brick laying, welding, certified nurse’s assistance, auto mechanic, HVAC repair (coming soon), culinary, etc. When connecting a student with Job Corps, you call the number on the flyer which was passed out and you will be put in contact with a case manager within the facility. After being in contact with a case manager, you will complete medical forms, etc. and then they review the file on the individual applying. They do not discriminate. Student is contacted back with a start date and time.

The first 4 weeks students arrive at the facility they are in “My Pace” where they complete aptitude testing / exploring trades. They will then go in front of a board and the instructor will invite them into the program and go through training. They continue that training for 14-20 weeks then will complete a certification test which is paid for by Job Corp. They also offer additional trainings to further student’s educations which are paid for by job corps, such as enrolling in college classes after earning certifications which is also paid for by job corp. Job Corp also offers transition counseling where if students wanted to go into a career after completing training then they are supported in doing so. Students who have previous legal issues will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Typically individuals with felonies are not eligible for program. Uniform for job corps varies by program student is involved in.

Clay’s direct extension is 413-593-4002 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is direct email.

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

Sergio Vicente: Mass Hire Holyoke

Offices located at 850 High Street - have admission counselor from Job Corp who is there every Tuesday and Thursday. Employment opportunities available for youth who live in Mass Housing Finance Agencies (Tokeneke and Farnum). Based on their interest, can place youth in different agencies such as school, health, financial. Requirement to be 16 or older and living in specific neighborhoods of Holyoke. Have collaboration with HCC through Freight Farms (learn how to grow produce without soil) and have apprenticeships available but are also under same requirements – limited spaces (4 left and then waiting list)

Shannon Sarkesian: HCC

Offer admissions services for access to education, regardless of age. Offer transition programs. Hosting 3rd annual trunk or treat on 10/25 from 5-7:30 PM outside of fitness center.

Denise Kelly-Lachat: DA’s Office

Diversion program and looking for program for youth related to substance use.

Magda Colon: DA’s Office

Magda stated her role is community outreach and she is the co-chair of the HCAT (Hampden County Addiction Task Force). Collaborating with Baystate surrounding stigma of addiction and how it affects recovery. Holding series of Narcan training, next one in Holyoke will be November 5th at the public library from 6-7:30 PM, will be conducted bilingual. October 29th, domestic violence trainings will be held at Springfield College from 1-3 PM, please contact at 413-505-5908. Will be going to Donovan and Sullivan Schools for an adaptive class on how the court system works and offer opportunity for a tour of the courts. Youth advisory board will begin, approximately 60 kids.

Jeremy Rodriguez: Life Coach Inspired by Unity

Alternative to therapy focuses on the solution and what people really want out of life and how to fulfil their needs. Offer family coaching trying to rekindle that chemistry and also offer youth coaching to try to hold youth accountable for their actions. November 9th @ 10 AM will meet at library – free event, organization will match any donations to provide Thanksgiving meals for families. Have office in Hampton Ponds

Sophie Maki: Mass Fair Housing

If service providers are looking for trainings in what their rights are or if they have clients who are, please contact. Looking to speak with individuals who have experienced led paint in their housing at any point or anyone who has been denied housing due to led paint.

Nathalie Vicencio: Way Finders

Located at 261 High Street in Holyoke provide housing support services and counseling in housing rights. Will connect with proper resource or attorney. 222-0048 direct line.

Stefany Garcia: HPS (Holyoke Public Schools)

Next Tuesday will be public information session for possible new schools will be held at new Enlace de Familias at 6 PM. Donahue event on 10/23 at 5 PM for kids who have been diagnosed with ASD to help further understand the laws and resources available. Donahue has moved to uniforms, looking for donations of khaki pants, blue/black shirts

James Maloney: Hope for Holyoke

Passed out calendar for October. Western MA MORE meeting takes place every 4th Wednesday.

Christina Haramut: Hope for Holyoke

Offer volunteer recovery coaching; only requirement is to be open to having someone assist you.

 

Yorn Trahan: Right Choices

Currently treating Hep C and will be beginning a program in Springfield treating Sublocade, which is the injection form of suboxone.

Sarah Pennington: MSPCC Survivor Services

Currently hiring for bilingual intake coordinator – must have master’s degree in related area. Passed out schedule for Healthy Families Program which is a trauma informed program for individuals aged 3-21, covers 5 different types of trauma. Currently no wait for individual services and can assist with transportation. Holding workshop on 29th at 5 PM for caregivers and how to better provide for their children. Event will be free of charge, will have snacks and can assist with transportation. If child care is needed you must RSVP for event.

Helena Dixon: Valley Opportunity Council

Offer free program for youth aged 16-24 and currently have spaces available. Offer college readiness program for those who have high school diploma but cannot pass placement tests yet. Offer free adult education program who are trying to pass high school diploma and offer classes held in the morning, afternoon and evening. Offer English as a second language classes. Looking for volunteers to help during day time services, 2 hours minimum for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Lt. Maria Pelchar: Holyoke Fire Department

Halloween event being held on Oct 29 between 2:30-5:30 PM, looking for agencies who would like to have table at event or willing to volunteer.

Maria Flores-Lopez: Salvation Army

Working on Coats for Kids drive from 10/18 to 11/3, partnering with Holyoke Mall and Wmass news – offer donation center near Target in Holyoke mall. Clothes distribution will be November 9th. Toys for joy registration November 18, 19, and 20, times, 9am to 12pn and 1pm to 4pm, passed out flyer.

Kathy Viens: YMCA

Grand opening of new playground will be next Friday 10/18 at 4 PM. Appropriate for ages 2-12 - also have picnic tables around structures to make more family friendly.

Tiffany Marcy: Clearway Clinic

Assist with early pregnancy diagnosis for teens and young women, all services are free. Able to do limited ultrasounds, if more questions please contact.

Cynthia Espinosa: City of Holyoke Planning and Economic Development

In regards to the white and green bikes and how/why they use them to hopefully install more stations. Have 3 day passes which were passed around. Anyone who is on Mass Health or assisted by section 8 can get annual pass for $10.

Rebecca Rennick: Tapestry Health

Partnering in narcan trainings being held in Springfield or Holyoke. Also offer narcan training in offices. Offer sliding scale services but free for youth.

Alison Scott: Dial-Self

Passed out flyers for Holyoke High event, annual glisten youth conference/annual youth legislative forum (YELLOW). Invite youth to come speak to legislators who are present – Saturday November 9th

Naisha Hernandez: Girl Scouts of Central and Western MA

Looking for troop leaders, passed out flyers/information packets regarding requirements.

Olmary Rosario: YWCA

Work with youth up to age 23, please contact or take referral information.

Darryll Roberts: Holyoke Teen Parenting

Residential program for 18-21 year olds. YWCA fundraising breakfast 7:15 – 8:45 AM on November 12th, all proceeds will benefit domestic violence or sexual assault victims and services.

Angela Callahan: River Valley Counseling Center

Wellness education and support program for youth ages 8-18 will be offered at Peck/Veritas for individuals who have experienced trauma or have family who have been diagnosed with substance use or mental health disorder. Healing hearts of childhood trauma project, offering training October 25th at log cabin for $50 in ACE has a limit of 200 and spots are becoming limited.

Maria Pagan: Holyoke Public Library

Supplement and compliment any services, brochures at front desk of library which details services available. Can use library resources to study for any licensing tests. Public library cards are free.

Casey Howlett: Holyoke Public Library

Strong Box Community Services; new security at HPL and goal is to make everyone feel safe at library. Will be moving into WMass and is a tier one security company.

Paul Alves: Choice Recovery Coaching

Train and provide support services within recovery along with looking to implement peer model. Have been working with Mass Hire and have bilingual training coming up in November. If looking for recovery coaches in your agency please speak with him directly.

Andy Grant: Sociocracy For All

Format for groups to work in small circles to listen deeply to one another and make mutual decisions. Offering training at Library 11/14, have training book available for sale. Will be having catering from Fernandez at event.

Bill Hadley: Holyoke District Court Presiding Justice

Continuing work towards helping individuals with substance use disorders or substance related charges. October 30th event 2- 4 PM flyer passed out – being held at war memorial, panel of community members on view of angel police which has been implemented, will speak about HCSD section 35.

Justin Chellman: Springfield Department of Health and Human Services

Opioid overdose prevention with a focus on Springfield, Holyoke and East Longmeadow.

Rafael Fields: Lighthouse Holyoke

Alternative education center for 7th – high school students. In process of getting accredited to offer diplomas to students. Combines education and community engagements, many students struggle with mental health, homelessness, or substance use.

Marissa Egerstrom: St. Paul’s Pastor

Working on community garden project with intern Justin, looking for community activists. Tonight is first service in Spanish. If you have clients who are looking for a home for their faith the church is open and non-judgmental, fully open to LGBTQ members and have LGBTQ on staff.

Cassandra Valcourt: Hope for Holyoke

Winter clothing drives being held, looking for donations. 100 Suffolk Street. Also looking for diaper donations.

Raymond Lozada: Nueva Esperanza

Holding toy drive for youth from October 15-December 31st, unwrapped gifts. Upcoming play: Not For Sale – tickets are however for sale.

Michelle Daries: DCF (Department of Children and Families)

Looking for foster care placements, please contact at (413) 452-3247

Luis Arzola: CHD Employment Specialist

In library every Thursday from 10-2 for workshops. Assist in resume building and completing applications. Also offer nurturing fathers program, work with males on how to be a nurturing fathers. 265-9950

Damon Wood: Hope for Holyoke

If anyone is in need of substance use resources please go to 100 Suffolk Street, Holyoke.

Michelle Luciano: River Valley / Wise Program

Currently working with youth at both Peck and Veritas. Looking for information for families, passed out business cards.

Luz Rolon: AmeriCorps Vista

Lawrence school is looking for donations for uniforms for students.

Ruth Tirado: Community Education Project

Offer English classes in day and evening. Offer GED/HI SET prep in Spanish. Looking for bilingual volunteers who would be available 2-3 hours. November 14th comedy fundraiser will be held at culinary art center @ MGM.

Melissa Daniels: HCC

Recruiting for nurse’s aid program along with culinary. In January will begin program which is looking for women

Anna Cruz: WayFinders

Groundbreaking for library commons on October 24th from 1-3 PM

Nayrobi Rosa-Soriano: One Holyoke CDC

Domino tournament this Saturday at Carlos Vega Park from 12-5 in collaboration with Parks and Rec, police, and fire. Hosting 20/20 census tracking recruitment on October 22nd will be offering $18/hr. Hosting meeting and greet for the foresters, looking for people who want more trees to increase air quality on October 23rd.

Ed passed out flyers for the Mass Mentoring Program MMP Connects meeting that will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd at 10am at 100 Bigelow Street in Holyoke.

Family Fun Night at Morgan School: 10/31/19 5pm to 7pm                           2:20pm - 2:25pm

Looking for agencies to pass out information and candy

Ed passed out flyers for the upcoming FFN at Morgan School. They are looking for agencies to pass out information and candy to families during the event.

Basketball Sign-Ups                                                                                          2:25pm - 2:27pm

Ed stated he will be sending out flyers for the upcoming basketball sign-up which are listed below.

Old Business / New Business

  • Next Meeting is Thursday, November 14th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library
  • 3rd & 4th and 5th & 6th Basketball Sign-ups: 10/25 & 11/1 6pm YMCA
  • 7th & 8th Grade Basketball Sign-ups: 10/21 & 10/28 6pm Kelly School
  • High School Basketball Sign-ups: 10/29 & 11/7 6pm Boys and Girls Club

Close Meeting                                                                                               2:30pm

Contact Information:

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Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

Date:   November 14, 2019

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        

Sylvia Ruiz: Fallon Health NaviCare- Senior Care Options                  1:05pm - 1:20pm

Their main office is located in Worcester. Program works specifically with seniors who are 65 and older. Currently partnered with Mass Health and found that seniors could benefit from extra assistance. Offer stay at home coordination of care, transportation to appointment within 50 mile radius, can assist in obtaining glasses or dental needs up to $300. SCO offers additional benefits and services which Mass Health does not cover. Offer a coordinated care team with registered nurse, PCA, etc. to provide doctors with accurate home life details.

Also have a system in place to ensure clients are taking their medications as directed and ensure their clients attend doctor appointments. Fallon Health is their covering company, with NaviCare being a Mass Health program. In 2020, clients who receive their flu shot, pneumonia shot, etc. will be eligible for $50 gift card towards healthy grocery items. If clients attend their physical they are eligible for another $50 gift card towards healthy groceries. Program is willing to meet with individuals aged 64 who will be turning 65 soon. There is a program in place for individuals aged 55 and older which is an all-day health program which assists with medication and appointments also.

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

Pastor Eliel Gonzalez: Apostolic Renewal Church

Event being held 12/27 at 7 PM at 440 High Street

Alyssa La Joie: New England Farm Workers

Offer Hi-Set & GED prep classes, classes are offered in both English and Spanish

Andrew Cayward: Holyoke DCF

Currently doing their best to place all individuals involved with DCF within the care of a family member to promote best possible outcomes.

Jen Fernandez: United Way THRIVE

A free program which is a ‘one stop shop’ for financial success. Will work with individuals in regards to budgeting, money management, banking, saving, credit score, etc. Offer free tax preparation during tax season. Services are open to the community and in a 1 on 1 setting, located on Maple Street. Jen is at Holyoke office 3x a week, then located within the library in Westfield 2x a week.

Leanne Tamiso: Springfield College Social Work

Looking for individuals who may be interested in pursuing their master’s degree and/or developing themselves professionally. Offer a comprehensive program which covers how to work with clients, communities and beyond. Classes are offered during the week day, week nights, and weekends. Currently partnered with over 350 agencies for internship opportunities. Will be holding an open house on December 5th from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM.

Glennice Ryan: RVCC/WISE

Work with youth ages 8-13 as a support program along with prevention program for opioid use. Currently are partnered with HCSD and are looking for more volunteer mentors to work with youth.

Damon Wood/James Maloney: Hope for Holyoke

Looking for coat donations. Hosting an open mic night this Saturday evening 11/16. (Hope for Holyoke is located at 100 Suffolk Street, Holyoke, and the New Springfield Recovery Support Center is currently at ) located at 741 Wesley St and are currently open 3x a week until move to new location.

Adlyn Colon: HCC/PAFEC Intake Specialist

Offering English as a second language class along with Hi-Set/GED prep classes. Have a computer center open to the community from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM on Monday-Thursday. Currently are looking for volunteer tutors. New programs beginning in January such as EMT, CNA, and line cook, along with transition to college courses.

Nayroby Rosa-Soriano: One Holyoke CDC

Will be hosting a community dinner at Kelly School on December 5th. Ed will send flyer out once flyer it is completed. Are currently looking for sponsors for their 3 Kings Day celebration on January 4th, which will be held at Morgan School. Are working on a toy collection for this celebration and currently have toy collection sites at Enlace, New Esperanza & One Holyoke. Next week will be hosting a ‘give thanks’ to individuals involved with clean ups over the summer, please respond to invitation if one was sent to you.

Walter Rice: Westover Job Corps

Work with individuals age 16-24, offer Hi-Set classes along with job training, housing, and food.

Natalia Salagornik: AIC

Offer an early college program for young adults, specifically students within the Springfield/South Hampton areas. AIC offers master program for school teachers and paraprofessionals – have locations in Worcester, Marlboro and Wakefield along with Springfield. Classes meet 1x a week.

Sarah Kapinos: Louis & Clark Pharmacy

Specialize in medication management through options such as a ‘medi-bubble’. Will deliver medications to the client at their home, if on multiple medications which are prescribed at different times of the month will do a synchronized, same day delivery of all medications. Will deliver to group homes and have a MAT specialist available 24/7.

Shannon Sarkisian: HCC Admissions

Interested in connecting with individuals who may be nervous to begin transition to college. Willing to work directly with youth and assist them personally, could be a “one stop shop”.

Gladys Lebron Martinez: MassHire Holyoke

A hub for referral services and can provide funding for CDL/CNA trainings. Work directly with Job Corps. They do not provide direct services, but can connect and refer individuals.

Iohann Vega: Gandara Center CHP

Holyoke Media cover stories which the main stream media may not. Also provide media workshops which are held at the Holyoke Public Library and are currently partnered with Holyoke High School on media production. If you would like a segment done on your agency, please reach out. Willing to invite agencies to speak about services they provide. New facility will be located on Suffolk Street which will be used for live productions and theater.

Allison Scott: Dial Self/ Ameri Corps

Partner with schools and other youth serving agencies. Currently looking for a partner or sponsor to host a 2020/2021 AmeriCorps Student.

Sandy Ward: Friends of the Library

Annual mini-golf event will be held on April 4th, 2020. Currently looking for volunteers and sponsors for the event.

Mackenzie Umrysz: MSPCC

A support for first time parents under the age of 21 with a child under the age of 1. It is curriculum based support and offer trainings in RISK assessments, GED/Hi-Set prep, vocational trainings, along with offer various supports such as their Father in Family program which meets the first Tuesday of each month.

Ashley: YWCA

Offer services to young parents who are 23 or younger and work on developmental process along with reaching milestones, also offer support with housing, getting their permits, etc. Can make referrals to outside agencies.

Sophie Maki: Mass Fair Housing

A legal resource for individuals who may have experienced discrimination against them in regards to obtaining housing, such as individuals who receive Section 8 assistance or have a disability. Will come to your agency to do presentation surrounding services offered.

Rondey Allen: Cross Point Clinical

Provide outpatient mental health services with hopes of bridging the gap surrounding the stigma of mental health. Has been developing fitness, wellness revelation-based program.

Ruth Tirado: Community Education Project

Looking to promote their fundraiser which is being held this evening, 11/14. They offer basic intermediate and advance English classes. Also offer document translation from Spanish to English, along with Russian to English.

Migdalia Rivera: Care Giver Homes

Assist individuals age 16 and older who require assistance with daily living activities. They provide each care giver with a stipend who provide 24/7 care, whenever the client needs care. Also offer case management services in regards to medical care.

Melvin Malave: ROCA

Located at 382 High Street. Assist young men ages 17-24 who are proven high risk (past/current system involvement). Provide wrap around services. Currently partnered with Mass Hire Holyoke, River Valley Counseling Center or mental health services, along with partnered with Holyoke DPW to offer individuals work experiences. Currently have approximately 20 openings within the facility for young men to obtain services.

Yessenia Cruz: Adcare

Offer inpatient substance use detox along with outpatient services. Available for individuals 18 years or older. Located in either Worcester or Rhode Island, but do provide transportation to the facility and back. Offer both individual and family counseling. To reach a detox or treatment center, please call 1-800-ALCOHOL.

Alijah Leombruno: MSPCC Trauma Counseling

Offered for individuals’ age 3-18 that have experienced or witnessed trauma or violence within their homes, communities, schools, etc. It is a grant based program so there are no issues with insurance.

Alicia Zoeller: Office of Community Development

Have federal money to support Holyoke in different aspects. Currently looking to speak to community residents about what areas need support, handed out community survey which Ed will email blast also. There will be a listening session on 11/19 with the schedule on the back of the flyer which was handed out. Looking to hear from different non-profits within the Holyoke area as grant season begins December 11th.

Kim Fernald: RVCC

Offer services to individuals age 12-24 year olds with a community outreach service. Working on developing reinforces to make pro social & healthy decisions. Individuals must have substance use diagnosis, and they offer assessments through RVCC if needed. Will meet clients where they are: home, school, library, park, etc. Insurance based program but have a contract with the state in regards to any extra charges being picked up by DPH. Willing to come to agency for presentation.

Flor Diaz: WIC

Working towards opening a closet within Holyoke and looking for donations, especially children clothing and diapers of all sizes

Shelly: DCF

If willing to be a foster parent or looking for more information please go to www.mass.gov/fostercare. There is an incredibly high need to placements in Holyoke. Willing to come out to agency for presentation.

Family Fun Night at Morgan School: 11/21/19 5pm to 7pm                 2:20pm - 2:25pm

7th & 8th Basketball Sign-Ups: Friday, 11/15 @ 6pm at Kelly School           2:25pm - 2:27pm

Old Business / New Business

  • Next Meeting is Thursday, December 12th 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:    September 12, 2019

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         

Jennifer Gonzalez-Morales: Holyoke Public School Homeless Liaison                 1:05pm - 1:20pm

McKinny Vento Act protects individuals facing marginalized housing by helping remove barriers to education for individuals and families and also encouraged the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act along with Every Student Succeeds Act. These acts are aimed to assist children or youth who lack fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residency due to economic hardship, loss of housing or other similar reasons. These acts can apply to youth who are living in hotels/motels, emergency or transitional shelters, trailer parks, camp groups, a public or private place not designed for humans to live in such as cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings. Some classroom indicators that a student may be facing homelessness: lack of continuity of education such as attending many different schools, lack of personal records needed to enroll, and/or the inability to pay fees. Social and behavioral signs: poor/short attention span, poor self-esteem, unwillingness to form relationships with peers and teachers, and/or difficulty socializing at recess.

There are many effects of facing homelessness, such as: food insecurity, lack of medical/dental/mental health services, loss of connection to family/friends/community, more likely to drop out of school, educational gaps due to high mobility. Some barriers to education individuals facing housing instability may experience: stereotypes and lack of awareness, enrollment requirements (birth certificate, proof of residency, recent physical exam), poor health/fatigue/hunger, emotional trauma/depression/anxiety, lack of transportation/school supplies/clothing.

There are many educational rights in which youth facing marginalized housing have access to such as: school selection and enrollment – parents have the right to choose where their child receives their education. This may include their school of origin; school which was last attended, school attended when student became homeless, or enroll in the school that’s closest to the student temporary nighttime residence. Youth are also guaranteed transportation; each district has their own transportation policy which they follow under the McKinny-Vento Act and can vary from district to district. Each district must provide transportation to and from the school/preschool of origin. Nutrition may be provided under the McKinny Vento Act such as free lunch and free breakfast.

There is also a guaranteed equal access and comparable services available for those facing marginalized housing. Other services available for students under McKinny Vento: uniforms, hygiene products, shoes/socks/undergarments, winter coats/gloves/hats, backpack and school supplies, summer programs, weekends backpack program, etc.

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

Rebekah Rennick: Tapestry

Looking to improve sexual education policies within Holyoke Public Schools. No formal sexual education currently in place for high schools in Holyoke.

Shelly Bathe Lenn: The Garden Center

She comes out to different schools to give safe space for youth to talk openly about those who have passed. The Garden does not put limits on how these individuals have died, where they died, or when. Services are available for individuals aged 5-18. Upcoming program on Sunday 29th from 2-4 PM.

Naroby Rosa-Soriano: One Holyoke CDC

Saturday September 21st will be the last city clean-up. She would like community members and agency representatives to come out to help with citywide clean-up. Sunday September 22nd will be hosting first co-ed volleyball tournament, available to community and agencies. Fall program will be ‘Knowing My Neighborhood’ and will be teaming up with Umass Amherst to decorate red fence at Kelly School – goal to have different agencies/schools to help sponsor or decorate different areas of the fence.

Stefany Garcia: Holyoke Public Schools

Open houses for Holyoke Public Schools are coming up quickly. If agencies are looking to have a table at open houses, they are welcome to; they just need to contact administration. Many open houses are happening on September 26th, all information is on HPS website. Some community members have expressed fears surrounding new middle schools and the effect on taxes, please review information on HPS website regarding the new schools. Hispanic heritage month is beginning 9/15-10/15 in city of Holyoke, HCC has official calendar of events on their website, official kick off will be at city hall with food trucks and performers which are connected with Hispanic heritage.

Jeremy Rodriguez: Motivational Speaker, Inspired by Unity

Trying to help individuals understand that many of the adulthood tendencies come from how they were raised and their tendencies which were formed during their youth. Trying to teach information to adults and children because with information you don’t know you cannot apply. Interested in being a caring adult in children’s lives.

Neil Desroches: US Attorney’s Office

Initiated lawsuit in Worcester against landlord due to accepting sexual favors for lowered rent or payment. Even if you are in a stable housing environment, it may not be an ideal situation. Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and there are resources available. Can always contact civil rights unit of US Attorneys.

Rondey Allen: CrossPoint Clinical

Specialize in delivering services with a Christian based approach. Provide services, workshops, and various trainings to pastors along with educational sessions to help further understand mental health needs. Reach out to individuals who do not know how to accept services due to their faith or beliefs. Provide wellness coaching to provide deeper understanding between physical and mental health correlations. Free event “Meet Up – Faith, Food & Gut Connection” where wellness coach will be present Friday/Saturday for combination of wellness and nutrition services.

Yorn Traham: Right Choice Health Group

Closest location is in Chicopee. First time attending meeting and looking to connect with other agencies.

Glennice Ryan: River Valley Counseling Center

60 locations of inpatient, outpatient, and at home services. New services WISE, which is free, promote wellness. Looking for group of kids who may not have access to counseling and do not have diagnosis of a mental health need but need support due to other adversities they face. Also, prevention for substance use.

Sergio Vicente: MassHire Holyoke

Currently wrapping up summer programs. Collaborating with HCC for individuals who live in specific housing areas to go through their hydroponics course to further understand different ways to grow/sustain crops. There are limited openings within hydroponics course and are trying to break it into two different sessions. Hoping to kick off program in October, there will be a screening process involved, more information to come. YouthWorks is moving into year-round service as compared to only summer service to give youth more opportunities to be exposed to workplace opportunities.

Alijah Lembruno: MSPCC

Survivors Services MSPCC – include trauma counseling for youth ages 3-22 for youth who have survived abuse or witnessed violence, homicides, or other adversities. Grant funded program so able to accept any participants. Referrals are on website which is on flyer that was handed around. RSVP by September 20th for workshop, childcare will be provided as long as notified in advance.

Kelly Wood: YWCA

Passed out referrals and brochures. Offer parent support and promote self-sufficiency, whatever the parents or child needs they do their best to support.

Bill Hadley: Holyoke District Court Presiding Justice

Working on incorporating treatment within the court system rather than incarceration. Working and collaborating with probation office and clerk’s office. Office is located on corner of Race and Appleton Street. Will be expanding soon with recovery coaching and different treatment services for offenses such as shoplifting. Trying to change model of where a court date is set months in advance into more of an immediate intervention. Wednesday, October 30th will be holding public forum with Sheriff and DA along with recovery coaches for a panel presentation along with community aspect and open question, so panel is able to hear community recommendations. Tentatively holding meeting from 2-4PM will finalize timeframe and will produce advertising for meeting.

Antonio Padilla: Holyoke Probation Officer/Young Marines

Currently on 3rd recruit, working with youth age 8-18. Staff consists of individuals who are court officers, police officers, individuals who have served. Baystate comes in to teach CPR/first aid trainings. Encourages self-esteem and teamwork, youth put together schedule and planning. Based out of the Boys and Girls Club. Taking applications for 4th platoon. December 14th from 11-1 is next scheduled graduation, held at Boys and Girls club. – please consider attending! Interview process is extensive for program. In order to get promoted within program must do 50 hours of community service.

Elizabeth Plouffe: New Heights LLC

Still continuing brown bag initiative program on streets on Holyoke to help support individuals who may be homeless or unable to have access to food, also to get community feedback on where services are needed. Offer certified anger management services. Workshops for youth such as healthy relationships, domestic violence education, CPR/First Aid safety for young parents.

Kelsey Poole: Transition Specialist for HPS

Work with youth aged 18-24 who may have disability. Extension of the high school, all have graduated but have not been able to meet MCAS standards. Looking to connect to build additional partnerships, goal is to expose individuals with work-based experiences such as organizational experience, food prep, etc. Individuals are always accompanied by job coach from HPS.

Peer support center will be opening up later in September, will be similar to Hope for Holyoke and will be a Gandara program.

James Maloney: Hope for Holyoke

Currently participating in recovery month celebration. Will be closed Sunday and Monday due to recovery events being hosted. On September 20th, Liberty Prep High School hosting MA recovery event. Will also be closed September 21st due to recovery event. The 27th they will be hosting their own recovery event at Heritage State Park for a recovery march.

Luz Rolon: Americore Vista/ Way Finders

Community engagement for Holyoke residents.

Josh Pagan: Buudha Brothers

Looking to integrate into community more and open marijuana establishment. Establishment is through Cannabis Control and has very strict security and selling guidelines. Looking to provide training and employment opportunities for community residents.  Stressed that they are focusing on 21 and over.

Mara Schulman: Mental health advocacy program

Working to advocate for kids, just opened center in Holyoke. Provide free legal advocacy to families who have children who may have unmet mental health needs. May need access within or outside of school facilities. Open house on 9/26 at 1 PM at Enlace de Familia, refreshments provided.

Kimberly Fernald: River Valley Counseling Center

Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach, supporting individuals with substance use disorders age 12-24. Can be in community, school or at home services. Pro-social approach and works towards building up strengths, finding other healthy ways to enjoy and live life. Does referrals to MAT or inpatient treatment centers. Currently no wait list, if referral comes in then individual will be met with quite quickly. Insurance based first, anything not covered by insurance will be covered by the state. If individual has no insurance, still able to receive services.

Dolly Colon Rivera: Don’t Grab That Receipt

Adult/youth collaboration that spread awareness of chemicals within receipts to limit expose. Offer trainings for workers and cashiers. Do presentations in different high schools and work hand in hand with youth. Presentations are available online as well as in person.

Brittany Meadows: CleanSlate

Does work with other agencies if individuals could benefit from any referrals, goal is to fight opiate addiction. If individual does not have insurance, they will work one on one to see what they can be eligible for. Brochures and flyers passed out.

Jessica Cintron: Valley Opportunity Council (VOC)

Bridge class for individuals who are interested in attending college, can get GED/HISET training, citizenship classes and adult education.

Luis Arzola: CHD

Employment specialist CHD – help individuals get connected with resources in the area. At Holyoke library every Thursday from 10AM-2PM for individuals who may want to work on resume building or job searching along with personal development. Open to the public. Also have program for nurturing fathers which they take referrals for. Conference will be Through Her Eyes held on October 25th

Jamie Santiago: MSPCC

In home care for therapeutic care.

Domasco Santiago: Tapestry

Provide safer syringe access for IV drug users along with Narcan training. Can get people connected to MassHealth or detox services. Syringe hotline for if you find any syringes in the community for them to be picked up. Open M-F 8-4

David McCoy: HSNI Outreach

Attended opiate taskforce by DA office, HCAC at DA’s office meets once a month. If looking to get involved, please contact.

Thanks to Partners, Volunteers and Donors: Back to School Event                     2:20pm - 2:25pm

Looking for Coaches and Volunteers                                                                      2:25pm - 2:27pm

Old Business / New Business

  • Next Meeting is Thursday, October 10th 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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