Meeting Notes 9/13/18

Meeting Notes 9/13/18

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes   Date:   September 13, 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...
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Meeting Notes 8/9/18

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes   Date:   August 9, 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 12/13/18

Meeting Notes 12/13/18

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes Date:   December 13, 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...
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Meeting Notes 11/8/18

Meeting Notes 11/8/18

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Agenda  Date:   November 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...
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Meeting Notes 10/11/18

Meeting Notes 10/11/18

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes Date:   October 11, 2018 Time:   1:00pm to 2:30pm Place:  Holyoke Public Library Mission Statement: The Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative is a partnership between local, state & federal law enforcement; city & state government; civic & human service...
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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

Date:   December 13, 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        

 

MassHire Holyoke (Formerly CareerPoint):                        1:05pm - 1:20pm

President and CEO David Gadaire and Youth Service Director Gladys Lebron-Martinez                         

David Gadairie- MassHire is a one stop career center to help the local workforce and business community that focuses on growing companies and their missions. Recently they decided to have a larger role in workforce development services that are needed in Holyoke. MassHire has a new program for people with disabilities which runs under the “Take it to Work” program. MassHire is the first career center in the state to start working with reentry issues using 8 different staff members along with  programs such as opioid addiction.  They assist people leaving jail and needing help finding housing and jobs etc. MassHire is working with identifying at risk youth who are likely to drop out of school and join gangs and for newly released people with violent pasts. They offer all of their services in Spanish and English. They recently been running career centers at schools in Holyoke and Westfield. MassHire has been working with influx of refugees from Puerto Rico including getting them job training and ESOL classes. The two main areas of MassHire are: job seekers and business services. Career counseling and training for employment are available for a variety of industries. Pre-apprenticeship for construction industry and recovery coaching for opioid addiction are also available. The walk-in counseling program provides services without needing an appointment. MassHire is running a resource center for people who don’t need that much guiding from staff but still need the resources. The Veterans program includes employment, substance abuse, housing, and mental health services. MassHire works with business by providing: service reps that meet with companies to understand the work places needs on a more personal level including cultural and works alongside job developers. They have a “caring by design” mentality and a slogan of: “we don’t hire people we hire families”. This means they are understanding of the need to attend to family issues when it comes to missing time in the work place. They also are very aware to be sensitive to cultural needs and differences with respect to Hispanic families.

Gladys Lebron-Martinez: She discussed the youth services and programs, youth center and career center, technology room for job searching and doing projects. MassHire has extended to having career centers in the high schools for vocational hands-on training and other fields.  They are getting students to explore, build resumes and speech skills as well as interview skills. MassHire has a focus on youth sports funding. They offer youth works program for kids between the ages of 14-21 and internship programs. Collaboration between WGBY allowed for a news for a story about their background. They are also receiving partial grant money to help troubled youth. They have an upcoming event on Jan 8th.

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

Ralph Webb: Food works

New class starting on January 14th. It is a 12-week culinary life skills program. Through Providence Ministries they try to offer 3 classes per year.  They are also taking donations for families in need through the holiday season. After the January class they will be holding another class in April.

Allison Proctor: Springfield DHHS

HCAT meeting at Hampden County Sheriff’s Department on Wedneday Jan 9th from 1pm-2:30.

James Biscoe: Clean Slate

Offers outpatient treatment for opioid and alcohol.  They are open every day to service community

Rondey Allen: Cross point

Christian counseling center. Client centered capable or serving that are not in the faith.  They accept insurance and run groups utilizing CB tools.  They facilitate three groups: Anger Management, A Woman of Moderation, and Saving Marriage before it starts.

They also are trying to bridge gap between mental health field and faith community.

They are looking to expand into Holyoke area. 

Cross Point Clinical Services (413) 732-7677 www.crosspointclinical.org 

Sharon Pineault: Goodwill Career Academy

They provide interview preperation, resume, job readiness skills.  Program provides vouchers to those engaged. They have a 12 week program for those interested in a career in human services. 

Israel Rivera: One Holyoke CDC

Israel thanked people for coming out and supporting his community dinner on 12/5.  He believes that they had between 300-350 in attendance. He continued to thank the school department for the event and other contributors. CDE and Umass art department, new arrivals project revisited for the youth projected for February 8th.

Anna Jaramillo: Holyoke Health Center

Health care, dental care, answering questions about masshealth, enrolment questions

Cheryl Labrie: YMCA

Gearing up for basketball league beginning this week in partnernship with HSNI.

Molly and Abby: Girls on the Run

They talked about Girls on the run of Western MA being a national program geared to after school. They engage girls from 3-8th grade afterschool program to teach about goal setting and life skills. Served 500 girls in 36 sites. Spring season starts in march predicting 70 schools and 1000 girls. Coming to HPS but welcoming other schools, recruiting coaches currently. Social emotional health and running.

Simon Elliot: Mass Fair Housing Center

The help families who are struggling to use section 8 housing and policies that say you need 3x the rent to qualify. Fair housing is making the case against discrimination caused by this. Fair housing testing program, like secret shopping for rental and sales market to detect discrimination which is later followed up. Sophie talked about an adapted skate program for people with disabilities.

Helena Dixon: Valley Opportunity Council (VOC)

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

Sophie Schouboe: The Food Bank of Wester MA

She handed out flyers for the locations of the food banks in the area. Offering snap application assistance along with DTA.

Dan Bisson: Catie’s closet

Talked about their partnership with public schools in Lowell. They identify unused space in schools to turn into free stores for people who need school supplies, clothing, toiletries etc.  70 of these have been set up in public schools around the state. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Conor Bevan: Holyoke Boys and Girls club

Thanked the basketball league partners and reported that the program is going well and is looking forward to the non-contatct boxing program starting next year.

Naisha Hernandez: Girl Scouts

Passed around information sheets on the Girl Scouts

Lt. Maria Pelchar: Holyoke Fire Department

Reported out on many car accidents (23) in December and to put phones down while driving.

Dean Santaigo: Peck School

They have an event on 12/19 at Peck School.  It will be an art show/bake sale.

Maritza Egerstrom: St Paul’s Church

Veterans program will be selling t-shirts next month.

Iohann Vega: Gandara

Iohann gave brief overview of the many services Gandara offers on Race Street in Holyoke surrounding computer literacy and technology.  He continued to say that they are developing young people to grow professionally in the field of journalism and media literacy through program called Radio Plasma.  Recently, the local cable station partnered with them to air their podcasts.  He continued to say that this will provide kids to with more opportunity to promote things that are happening in Holyoke. 

State Representative Aaron Vega

State Rep. Vega thanked the members in the room. He announced that he will be around for another 2 years. He encouraged everyone  to reach out to their state reps if they collect state funds.  Talked about DTA funding  if your clients get cash benefit, and get a job, thy no longer lose that cash benefit for 6 months after getting the job. The child care voucher is still good for 12 months after getting a job. Increased the assets from $2500 to $5000

Yoshi Bird/Senaida Torres: YWCA- Rape Crisis Center

Holyoke teen transition living for pregnant and teen new moms, other young teen help centers. Domestic violence survivors and financial stability help for them.  Senaida was introduced in her new role and will be working with survivors to get them financially stable when leaving an abusive relationship.

Rafael Santos: Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

Rafael talked about his role as a case manager to assist individuals who are transitioning home.  He provides in reach services to identify their areas of need and refer them out to the many agencies in the room.  Employment and mental health referrals. Challenges facing the real ID which requires birth certificates and social security cards. Addressed identity theft issues. Basketball league helping out Ed with delivering curriculum at the YMCA

David Mccoy: HSNI Outreach

Talked about his work with Hope for Holyoke- help for alcohol and drug addiction. Event at Bethany Assembly of God this weekend, ‘Christmas Tree Extravaganza’.  It will be this weekend Friday/Saturday and Sunday 3- 6

Officer Edgar Lopez: Holyoke Police Dept. 

Works with code enforcement and the board of health.

Ed- talked about the basketball leagues at the boys and girls club and YMCA, bullying curriculum, intentional

mentorship and character development.

Old Business / New Business

Next Meeting is Thursday, January 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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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Agenda 

Date:   November 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        

Krista Gale, Delano Walker and Patrick Sparks                      1:05pm - 1:20pm      

            RED (Racial and Ethnic Disparities) Subcommittee of JDAI                                                                                                                     

Springfield Specialty Court was started to address people in the Criminal Justice (CJ) system with mental illness and addiction issues. RED presented a short film on their program. Core value is to reduce racial and ethnic disparities within the Criminal Justice System. It really is a fellowship of people to end racial tension. System is disproportionate in terms of Black people being the vast majority. What can be done to impact the kids and the system in Mass.

Fairness and results need to work together for a shared vision. Juvenile justice system has a responsibility to the youth. 12-18 years old children charged with crimes/delinquent behavior. Children of color are at a disadvantage in poverty stricken areas and in schools. Discussed the pains and difficulties of a youth who is locked up and detained in regards to the strip-searching and being shackled. They included an activity with chocolate to demonstrate the disparities between black and white youth in detention. Committed to working with police, schools, and courts. Proposing race neutral changes.

Patrick countered with the discussion is not about overt racism but about systemic racism and implicit bias. Looks to prevent ruining children’s’ lives. Knows 17 trades and would like to work with youths in vocational trades.

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

Mariliyn Nunez: MSPCC

Provide individual and group therapy for youth that are impacted by trauma. Worcester and Holyoke. Set up screenings to find the appropriate place for the youth.

Nicole Young: United Way of Pioneer Valley

Provide free tax assistance. Looking for volunteers.

Helena Dixon: Valley Opportunity Council

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) relies on dedicated volunteers to provide free tax services to low and moderate income residents of Hampden County each year from mid-January through mid-April. Free training is provided. Sites in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield and Westfield. Contact them at (413) 612-0206

Maria Flores Lopez: Salvation Army

Holiday fundraising Turkey Dinner on November 18th. November 27 and 28 will be their annual toy registration for children up to 12 Holyoke Chicopee and South Hadley and Granby.

Luis Perez: Food Bank

Reaching out to organizations to help people fill out applications for food stamps. They will be at MassHire Holyoke on Thursdays 10am-1pm do not need to be unemployed. Spanish and English

Kathy Anderson: Holyoke Medical Center

Salvation Army pays the people ringing the bells for the kettles. Offers to put out a sign of the agency sponsoring the bell, cost is $150 to sponsor. November 15th flu shots at Saint Paul’s 11:30 to 1pm. November 29th will be their community dinner. Contact Maria for more information. Dinner is at hospital once per month 3:45-4:45. Can bring tickets to agencies if you know they are interested.

Bishop Neil Boyd: NAMI / Kenya Foreign Missions

Bringing 30 kids from Kenya. Concerts in Holyoke. November 24, 2-8pm at MLK, raffles, entertainment, fundraising. For more information and support call Bishop Neal Anthony (413) 222-0255. Donate at https://www.gofundme.com/kenya-foreign-missions. Handed out flyers.

Denise Kelly-Latchet, Hampden County DA Office

High School Basketball sign ups this week, always looking for volunteers.

Miguel Arce: Springfield College

Miguel commented on the efforts of the meeting and the work that everyone is doing to benefit the community.

Israel Rivera: One Holyoke CDC

Flats community building program with UMASS architecture for 8th and 9th graders in art and design. Get kids involved with UMASS students and professors to work on art and design. Raising money for the community dinner. 300-400 residents served at Kelly school. Looking for sponsors and volunteers.  

Rondey Allen: Cross Point

Christian Counseling Agency. Working on a grant funded program cognitive process therapy. Referrals for people struggling with a traumatic incident. About to be certified for reconnection with Red Cross for soldiers returning to get skills in community.

Joanne O’Toole: Homework House

Joanne stated that the Homework House is currently servicing youth in the Flats at Immaculate Conception Church, Our Lady of Guadalupe on Chestnut Street and St. Pauls. The Homework House does Free tutoring and mentoring for grades 1-8 Jan 7th thru 22. In need of tutors. Hobby days are on Fridays and are always looking for volunteers.

Maria Egerstrom: Saint Paul’s

Providing lunch for veterans and their family every Thursday. Most are comprised of Vietnam Vets and looking for younger vets that have served in last 20 years.

Marisol Guevara: Springfield College:

Springrfield College has two new programs beginning in January that are fully online. Many trainings count towards the degree. They have two upcoming open houses: 11/8, 6-8 and 11/10, 1-3.

Nikita Perez: STEM Academy

Gaining information from the meeting. Introduced Corrine Moguel from the STEM Academy.

Jose Bou: Holyoke Public Schools

Equity family and Partnership Coordinator

Glenda Morales: Morgan School

Talked about chronic absenteeism and how to identify youth that are not reading at grade level ten to lose interest in school. She mentioned the school department’s Strive for less than 5 days absent campaign. Shared a story about a youth she tried to follow up with but the kid was in jail. Wants to push for legislation to try harder.

Stefany Garcia: Donahue School

Puerto Rican celebration 11/9. Fight institutionalized racism. Dine out for Donehue for PTO Wednesday, 11/15 at Red Robins

Edgar Robles: Holyoke Public Schools

Passed around flyer for strive for less than 5 (absences).

Sgt. Jeff Joniec: Holyoke PD

Shared a story of altercation at Paulo Freire Charter School, explained that the staff had an expectation that the police had to arrest when they arrived. Youth was just ready to be arrested even though that was not what was happening. Expressed the concern that policies have changed which is putting a stress on the officers and the youth and schools. DA will be informing the officers of new policies surrounding disorderly conduct in schools.

Laurie Dimock: Girl Scouts

K-12 programming. Bringing activities to other events and looking for partners

Maria Pagan: Holyoke Public Library

Saturday, December 1st is the end of year concert on Main Street. Tickets available at front desk. Passed out flyers and pamphlet for the Holyoke Public Library. Access to all resources with library card and spoke about website. Learn and Express/ Job search and career accelerator to assist those in finding jobs.  Offers computer skills. Licensing. Learning language for LEO and EMS. Self-development courses free online. Music classes.

Mini golf in the library. Looking for sponsors for the mini golf holes.

Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library

All spots are full for upcoming course. Tuesday afternoon’s 4:15-6:30 Pokémon and D&D club.

Babysitting on Saturday all 35 spots filled.

Sandy Ward: Holyoke Public Library

Music classes. Mini golf in the library. Looking for sponsors for the mini golf holes. The event will be held on Saturday April 6th, asked folks to mark their calendars.

Jamie Santiago: MSPCC

Taking referrals in home therapy at mspcc.org.

Nestor Rivera: Mass mentoring partnerships

Organizing MMP connects events for those that service youth. Provides networking opportunities for youth programs and strategies. Offer trainings for mentors and mentees based on best practices and work with organizations to assist by funding and unity grants. Next event is in February TBA.

Katalina Melendez: HCC Picknelly Center

They offer Spanish classes, Hiset, scheduling orientations, ESOL classes, community Ed project, and adult learning center in Ludlow. Call Marisol @ 552 4990 to schedule orientation.

Family Fun Night at Morgan on Friday, 11/30/18 5pm to 7pm     2:20pm - 2:25pm

Old Business / New Business

Next Meeting is Thursday, December 13th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library

Please forward our flyers for the upcoming Basketball Leagues

Tonight: 11/8/18: High School Sign-Ups at the Boys and Girls Club 6pm

Friday: 11/9/18: 3rd & 4th and 5th & 6th Grade at the YMCA at 6pm

Tuesday: 11/13/18: 7th & 8th Grade at Lawrence School at 6pm

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 13, 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        

Seneida Torres: A Better Life Homecare                               1:05pm - 1:20pm

Seneida talked about the history of Better Life Homecare since their origin in 2014. They are a Medicare and Medicaid certified home health agency serving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Better Life offers personal care (PCA) services and Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC) to those that are eligible through MassHealth. They offer many medical services including: RN/LPN, Physical Therapy, Nurse Med, Diabetes Management, Psychiatric Nursing, Coumadin Management, In Home Blood draws, and Wound Care. Non-Medical services include: Personal Care, Homemaking and Errands, Companion Care, Respite and Transportation.   A client may be referred to a Better Life Homecare by their physician, hospitals, nursing homes, insurance companies, caregivers, family as well as self-referral. Contact info: (413) 285-5929 or (413) 209-8866. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Operate 7 days a week 24 hours a day.

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

Jesus Pereira: Veteran Services

Director of veteran services in Holyoke and deals with Chapter 115. Can help with housing and other areas of support. Contact him at (413) 322-563 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sarah Schmidt/Shannon Sarkisian: Picknelly/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.

Shannon stated that they anticipate openings for their Health Worker classes based on new grant they have received for the spring cohort.

Miguel Arce: Springfield College

Referenced article in El Sol Latino newsletter summarizing the efforts of the HCSD and HSNI partners in last month’s back to school event.

Maritza Martinez: Holyoke Chicopee Family and Community Program (HCFCP)

They are operating on a 25 year grant through headstart under the Department of Education. They provide opportunities at no cost for families with young children living in Holyoke or Chicopee. Through the collaboration and involvement of many community agencies their programming supports children 0-8years old. Talked about Baby & Me group for newborn to 2 years. It will be every Friday starting 9/7 at the Holyoke Public Library from 10-11:30am. Call Maritza to register (413) 536-0363 x5643.

Sarah Pennington: MSPCC

Sarah talked about the survivor services offered by MSPCC to individuals, families and the community to promote recognition, understanding and recovery from the impact of traumatic victimization. She passed around Pop Culture flyer that explores heroines in popular movies, TV shows, and books who cope with trauma. Wednesday evenings 5-6:30pm 9/19-11/7. They also have Caregiver Support Group for caretakers of children that are survivor of sexual abuse or assault. Wednesday mornings 9-10am 9/19-11/7.

Iohann Vega: Gandara

Iohann gave brief overview of the many services Gandara offers on Race Street in Holyoke surrounding computer literacy and technology. He continued to say that they are developing young people to grow professionally in the field of journalism and media literacy through program called Radio Plasma. Recently, the local cable station partnered with them to air their podcasts. He continued to say that this will provide kids to with more opportunity to promote things that are happening in Holyoke.

Alice Buckner: Westover Job Corp

Alice talked about the reorganization of Westover and process of losing 46 staff. New staff will have a pre-requisite of Bachelor’s degree or higher.   Spoke about the local career centers not being accessible on line by topic. Try to give feedback to add agencies. 10/18, revitalize 10 homes in Holyoke in 1 day. Need approximately 300 volunteers. 9/21, International Peace Day; promoting violence prevention looking for speakers.

Lisa Brecher: Gandara

They have 52 posted employment opportunities within Gandara. www.gandaracenter.org they have a need for bilingual staff. They will be going to Puerto Rico to recruit and offer stipends for transportation and/or relocation (housing).

Nelson Roman: Ward 2 City Councilor/ Nueva Esperanza

Nelson referenced the El Sol Latino newsletter and up and coming dates in September/October:
September 15th: Pineapple Diaries is a 120 minute workshop

September 16th: Springfield PR Parade

September 21st: 150th anniversary Grito De Lares

September 23rd: Roberto Clemente Softball Tournament

September 29th: Jurakan: Nacion En Resistencia

October 3rd: Magdalena Gomez

October 8th: Trino Remembrance Day

October 12-14th: Dancing on my Cockroach Killers

October 15th: Martin Espada

Rondey Allen: Cross point

Christian counseling center. Client centered capable or serving that are not in the faith. They accept insurance and run groups utilizing CB tools. They facilitate three groups: Anger Management, A Woman of Moderation, and Saving Marriage before it starts.

They also are trying to bridge gap between mental health field and faith community.

They are looking to expand into Holyoke area.

Cross Point Clinical Services (413) 732-7677 www.crosspointclinical.org

Bishop Neil Boyd: NAMI

Stop the Stigma Bingo Night: Friday, September 14th 5-8pm at Raymour and Flanigan 665 Boston Road Springfield. Passed around flyer for Kenya Foreign Missions to sponsor their children’s choir (30) coming to Springfield.   When you buy a bag of Coffee or Tea, half of the proceeds earned will go to help their travel expenses.

Shelly Bethe Lenn: The Garden: Center for Grieving Children and Teens

The Garden is a program of Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice providing support for grieving young people and their families. IT’s a place to talk about loss. IN addition, parents and guardians learn how to help children through their grief. Intake for those 5-18 that have experienced loss. In need of adult volunteers. Looking to organize event on Thursday, 11/1 from 4-6 pm at the Holyoke Public Library; Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead. RSVP (413) 582-5312

Clementine Lazar: Tapestry Health

Covers most of Western Massachusetts: Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties. www.tapestry.org

Glorimar Irizarry: Holyoke Health Center

Launched new website: www.hhcinc.org. Have posters for agencies that are interested. Stop by office at 230 Maple St in Holyoke.

Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library

Passed around Teen Room Program Calendar for September/October.

Deidre Murphy: MSPCC

Deidre is the outreach coordinator and offers programs for parents under the age of 24. All programs are free and they will be sponsoring Michael Ramos, fatherhood Initiative Coordinator for the Children’s Trust. He will lead a free training for providers on how to identify the roadblocks in your agency that prevent fatherhood engagement, establishing best practices onto include fathers, and the benefits of doing so. Join them on Tuesday, September 25th, from 12-2pm at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut St. This is the first of six free local trainings held by the Fathers and Family Network.  Questions, contact Deidre Murphy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . RSVP at HTTPS://Fathersmatter.eventbrite.com

Marilyn Nunez: MSPCC

Offer in home therapy and outreach and are accepting referrals. Hiring for therapeutic mentor.

Helena Dixon: Valley Opportunity Council (VOC)

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

Maria Flores: Salvation Army

Working with Food bank of Western Mass on Tuesday, 9/25 from 11 to 12.

Kathy Anderson: Holyoke Medical Center

She is Community Benefits Manager and she is 11 days into her new role. She is on the board of Salvation Army, she mentioned identifying folks that could ring the bell for Salvation Army. Kathy mentioned her role at the medical center is looking at challenges in the community and bringing services to the community around childhood obesity, teen pregnancy and education. She mentioned that they hold community dinners on the 4th Thursday of the month, which have capacity for approximately 80 community residents. The last dinner was her first one and it was wonderful. Holyoke Medical Center will be holding a Free flu clinic on 10/20.

Migdalia Rivera: Caregiver Homes

10/3 they will be offering training at Springfield Public Library. Suicide between the ages of 12-34 is the leading cause of death. Offering training to have information to bring hope to people who are thinking of suicide.

Asnage Custelly: STCC

Only technical school in area. Passed around flyers for free programs: 9/19 at 11:15am presents Kaila Mullady (2105 World Beat box Champion) at the Scibelli Hall Theater on STCC Campus. Career Fair on 9/26 from 11am to 2pm at STCC.

Akala Chaires: Womanshelter Companeras

Looking to make contacts through meeting along with referrals.

Mike Moriarity: 1 Holyoke CDC

Hiring resident service coordinator along with book keeper. Bachelor degree preferred along with licensure. Will be at Raymour and Flanigan with a fund raising event called Drink and Draw hosted by Umass Professor. Mike spoke about the Chronic Absentism, which is a sign of not having academic success. He mentioned that Septembe is Attendance Awareness Month, which is a national effort.

Officer Romero: Holyoke Police Department

New community elder service officers after his role as SRO for 24 years.   Today is his 3rd day in his new role.

Abimalec Martinez Cortez: AIC

Hosting a fund raising event on 10/20 for relief from Hurricane Urma and Maria. event for Puerto Rico from 4-7pm. Looking for vendors for event for mental health, employment, etc, there is a vendor fee of $25.

Melany Mendoza: Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mentioned that the Mass Mentoring Partnership has a full-time lobbyist at the state house to lobby to support young people, especially around relationships. Mass Mentoring support community organizations and youth development programs and hold a quarterly meeting, the next meeting is scheduled for 10/10, encourage agnecies to provide their email if they wanted to be added to that distribution list.

Melvin Malave: ROCA Holyoke

They are accepting referrals, and they work all over western MA, with new Holyoke location on High St. They are currently accepting both men and women (SPFLD). The young mothers program is based out of Springfield, 29 School Street. ROCA is working on new grant to work with Young Mothers in Holyoke. Recently had grand opening on 7/24 at High St and thanks to everyone for their support. Guys are showing up and program is doing well. They offer wrap around services, education, and transitional employment, for those involved in criminal justice system.

Ana Jaramillo: Holyoke Health Center

Informed folks they can refer folks to the Holyoke Heath Center that are in need of services. They provide services for folks with Masshealth. They have both a dental department and orthodontis department. They work with kids with behavioral health issues. They also provide services for eye care and for children needing glasses, they do except MassHealth for this service as well.

Ana spoke about Let’s Move Holyoke 5210, which helps educate the community on healthier lifestyle tips around wellness, healthy eating and physical activities, along with behavioral change program, which is all FREE.

James Maloney: Hope for Holyoke

Recovery month taking place in September and have been extremely busy. In honor of Recovery Month and Puerto Rican Culture, Hope for Holyoke and Gandara will be marching in Springfield’s Puerto Rican day Parade with a float celebrating recovery. Passed around Hope for Holyoke programming schedule for September. 9/28 is Holyoke Recovery Day. They will be hosting a Recovery March and Celebration starting at Heritage State Park, Appleton St and marching to Veterans Park, Dwight St from 12-5pm. Mayor Alex Morse will be in attendance and will offer proclamation for Recovery Day. Live music and Dance.

Veronica Garcia: WGBY

Stated they will be airing a program on 9/20 at 8pm will broadcast a special, which will be an update as to where Puerto Rico is after Hurricane Maria. Also mentioned that they are looking to host folks from the community for taping at WGBY TV for a 7:30am to 8am slot.

Old Business / New Business

          Back to School Event 8/18/18: Ed thanked everyone that assisted in the back to school event.

          J.J. Barea Event 9/7/18: Ed thanked the Basketball Hall of Fame and State Rep. Aaron Vega for bringing            J.J. Barea and Coach Carlisle to the Holyoke High School.

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

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:   October 11, 2018

Time:   1:00pm to 2:30pm

Place:  Holyoke Public Library

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

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

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

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

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

Edgar Robles: Holyoke Public Schools

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

Stefany Garcia: Donahue School

Math Night: 10/23

Cultural Night: 11/9

Jen Gonzalez: Holyoke Public Schools

Looking to partner with afterschool programs for homeless families.

Katalina Melendez: HCC

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

Lisa Brecher: Gandara Center

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

Cheryl Labrie: YMCA

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

Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library

They run an afterschool program Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday.

Denise Kelly-Lachat: Hampden County DA’S Office

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

Pedro Alvarez: Tapestry Health

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

Kathy Anderson: Holyoke Medical Center

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

Mike Moriarty: One Holyoke CDC

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

Kathy Veins: Greater Holyoke YMCA

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

Dean Santiago: Peck School

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

Alison Proctor: Springfield DHHS

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

Sophie Maki: Mass Fair Housing Center

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

Maria Flores Lopez: Salvation Army

Turkey Drive 11/1-11/21

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

Helena Dixon: Valley Opportunity Council (VOC)

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

Seneida Torres: Resource Fairs

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

John Tansey: Community Resident

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

Gladys Lebron Martinez: Masshire

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

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

Danielle Crescione: Neari School

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

Nikita Perez: Holyoke STEM Academy

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

Chief Febo: Holyoke Police Department

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

Greg Ramos: Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

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

Iohann Vega: Gandara Center

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

Jessica Rivas: City of Chicopee

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

Herman Wilkerson: AIC

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

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

Alba Page: Springfield College Graduate Student

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

Lt. Maria Pelchar: Holyoke Fire Department

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

Sandra Ramos: Foodbank

Looking to secure new place in community for SNAP benefits.

Mariliyn Nunez: MSPCC

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

Jaime Santiago: MSPCC

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

David McCoy: HSNI Outreach

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

Rondey Allen: Cross point

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

Alison Zolotor-Langone: EEC

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

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

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

Old Business / New Business

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

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

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

Close Meeting                                                                                   2:30pm

Contact Information:

Edward Caisse

Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

 
Date:   August 9, 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        

President of NAMI Western Mass, Bishop Neal Boyd                                                   1:05pm - 1:20pm

Bishop Boyd talked about the many people throughout history that have suffered from mental illness. The mission of NAMI is to improve the lives of individuals living with mental illness and their families. They serve Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties through education, advocacy and support. They run support groups out of their Agawam location (324A Springfield St) for individuals and families from 8:30am-3pm. All programs are offered at no cost to the public. 1 in 5 people are affected with a mental health condition and they welcome everyone to join and participate in their organization. Their goal is reach every organization and community in Western MA. They have many volunteer opportunities including in office, event planning, fundraising and more. They are also in need of interns. NAMI’S annual events are a fundraising opportunity for volunteers on their IRIS Project and Annual Walkathon. The funds received are critical to keeping office open.

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

Antonio Padilla: Holyoke Probation/Young Marines

Antonio talked about the Young Marines program and possible start date for boot camp of 9/6/18 or 9/13/18. They have approximately 20 enrolled and will cap enrollment at 30. They are looking for those between the ages of 8-17. They recently partnered with Baystate hospital on their mass casualty training of where they created a chemical spill scenario. Youth were able to participate in scenario and observe debrief with staff as they were critiqued in their response.

Seneida Torres: A Better Life Home Care

She organizes a vendor fairs and is looking for vendors to set up tables, she is looking for more locations throughout Western Ma. They service those of mixed ages, 22 years and older for their PCA program and 18 and over for their Skilled nursing program with personal care, homemaking, respite, and transportation.

Ana Jemiolo: Senior Care Options

Works as a nurse and 90% of patients that she works with are from Holyoke. Happy to be present at meeting and looking to network and find more resources.

Herman Wilkerson: AIC

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

Miguel Arce: Springfield College

Miguel talked about having the same mission that Herman talked about from AIC. He is encouraged by the many agencies in attendance and finds it to be an honor to be amongst heroes.

Yingfeng Wang/Flor Diaz: VOC/WIC Holyoke/Chicopee

Valley opportunity Council offers many services around adult education: high-set and ESOL. They have other services such as fuel assistance and citizenship classes. HISET classes are Tuesday-Thursday 9:30-1pm and bridge to college is 5:30-8:45pm. They are free and they also have employment opportunities.

Christine Murphy: Paulo Friere Social Charter School

She is the new director of curriculum and is looking to enroll for all grades 9-12.

Sarah Pennington: MSPCC

Sarah talked about the survivor services offered by MSPCC to individuals, families and the community to promote recognition, understanding and recovery from the impact of traumatic victimization. She passed around Pop Culture flyer that explores heroines in popular movies, TV shows, and books who cope with trauma. Wednesday evenings 5-6:30pm 9/19-11/7. They also have Caregiver Support Group for caretakers of children that are survivor of sexual abuse or assault. Wednesday mornings 9-10am 9/19-11/7.

Maritza Martinez: Holyoke Chicopee Family and Community Program (HCFCP)

They are operating on a 25 year grant through headstart under the Department of Education. They provide opportunities at no cost for families with young children living in Holyoke or Chicopee. Through the collaboration and involvement of many community agencies their programming supports children 0-8years old. Talked about Baby & Me group for newborn to 2 years. It will be every Friday starting 9/7 at the Holyoke Public Library from 10-11:30am. Call Maritza to register (413) 536-0363 x5643.

Mariliyn Nunez: MSPCC

Offer in home therapy and outreach and are accepting referrals. Hiring for therapeutic mentor.

Nelson Roman: Ward 2 City Councilor/Executive Director Nueva Esperanza

Hiring a Community Engagement Specialist Part Time.

Summer Movie Series: Wednesday, 8/8 @ 6:30 Pina Park

                                    Wednesday, 8/15 @ 6:30 Carlos Vega Park

                                    Wednesday, 8/22 @ 6:30 Community Field

Cuyo will sell candy and soda. Free popcorn and snow cones provided by Holyoke Parks and Rec.

Greet the Children, Tuesday August 28th. To register your school contact Nelson Roman (413) 437-7666. Breakfast served at Nueva Esperanza 6-6:30.

Taste of South Holyoke, 9/22. Deadline to register for table is 8/15.

25th Anniversary of Roberto Clemente. One Holyoke CDC/Nueva Esperanza will by hosting a charity event softball tournament at McNally Field on 8/11.

Unveiling of mural at 12pm 213 Main St.

Laura Banks: River Valley Counceling Center

Sexual Health educator interested in coming to organization to teach high school aged youth. They will be hiring for a part time position Spanish speaking preferred for sexual health/social justice. Looking for applicants contact Laura Banks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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. They have changed their call services and you will now be speaking with the office directly (413) 736-1468.

Melvin Malave: ROCA Holyoke

They are accepting referrals, and they work all over western MA. They are currently accepting both men and women (SPFLD). The young mothers program is based out of Springfield, 29 School Street. ROCA is working on new grant to work with Young Mothers in Holyoke. Recently had grand opening on 7/24 at High St and thanks to everyone for their support. Guys are showing up and program is doing well.

Shelly Bethe Lenn: The Garden: Center for Grieving Children and Teens

The Garden is a program of Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice providing support for grieving young people and their families. IT’s a place to talk about loss. IN addition, parents and guardians learn how to help children through their grief. Intake for those 5-18 that have experienced loss. In need of adult volunteers. Looking to organize event on Thursday, 11/1 from 4-6 pm at the Holyoke Public Library; Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead. RSVP (413) 582-5312

Shannon Sarkisian/Katalina Melendez: HCC/Gill Technology

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: English/Spanish

Talked about Community Health Worker grant that is offered at HCC and it being full. Can apply for financial aid to open up a slot.   Above the age of 60, can apply for senior waiver at all community colleges.

Felicita Lopez/Janet Crespo: New Horizons

They will be closing office on Maple Street and working out of home. Youth Ambassador Program going to Dominican Republic.   They are also working with families from Puerto Rico. Janet talked about event on 10/20 from 12p-4pm at Lawrence School.

Diedre Murphy: MSPCC

Deidre is the outreach coordinator and offers programs for parents under the age of 24. All programs are free and introduced new prevention director, Nancy Rek. Family and Family Network 6 session workshop from October-April at Library. Gathering of providers, law enforcement, needs collaboration with community to assist. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Flor Diaz: VOC/WIC Holyoke/Chicopee

Valley opportunity Council offers many services around adult education: high-set and ESOL. They have other services such as fuel assistance and citizenship classes. Legislative event on 9/13 from 10am-1pm at Holyoke Office.

Laura Soderbaum: Holyoke Housing Authority

Introduced Vivian Rodriguez and talked about first time homebuyer’s event on 9/12, 6-8. Anyone looking to buy a house get certificate can get up to $5000 from CDB grant.

Fred Dejesus: Gandara

Back to School bash on 8/22 from 12p-4pm at Kenefick Park in Springfield. To register for the basketball tournament, please contact or visit the Impact Center at 41 Taylor St in Springfield. (413) 654-1566. Event is for the entire family but the tournament is for youth and young adults ages 16-21.

Simon Elliot: Mass Fair Housing Center

Concentrate on issues surrounding housing discrimination. Focus on Section 8 voucher and tenant rights. Their housing attorney is working with those arriving from Puerto Rico that has been denied housing. 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.

Simon talked about signing up to become a fair housing tester and earning up to $75.

Epi Arias: Lighthouse

Enrollment is almost full. Still accepting students for fall. Going on 3rd year, mission is to support young people in discovering and creating their best possible selves.

Andrew Cayward: DCF

Andrew talked about the systemic crisis in terms of foster care. Looking for more volunteers to assist and become foster parent to create stable placement for youth coming out of a bad environment. Can contact DCF if interested.

Megan: Foodbank

Trying to provide SNAP outreach to Western, MA and AISS along with HCC and STCC and other area colleges for students that qualifies. 9/30 event in Hatfield; Bike for Food. Choose from 10, 25, 50, or 100 mile route throughout the beautiful Pioneer Valley.   Can ride as an individual or start a team with your friends, family or co-workers. Online registration by 9/28 at 12pm. Foodbankwma.org

Mike Moriarity: One Holyoke CDC

Hosts mobile foodbank tomorrow at 1pm. Talked about his work with the Early Literacy Campaign for 3rd graders.   Holyoke has the worst outcomes in MA. They are measuring effects of early childhood development and children have been negatively impacted. Presently 80% of those enrolled in kindergarten attended preschool.

Nathaniel Davis: VA

9/20, from 12-1:30, will be having veterans lunch for those and their families at 485 Appleton Street.

Rondey Allen: Cross Point Clinical Services

Cross Point is a christian counseling center. Client centered capable or serving clients that are not in the faith. They accept insurance and run groups utilizing CB tools. They facilitate three groups: Anger Management, A Woman of Moderation, and Saving Marriage before it starts.

They also are trying to bridge gap between mental health field and faith community.

They are looking to expand into Holyoke area and renting space.

Cross Point Clinical Services (413) 732-7677 www.crosspointclinical.org

Sgt Joe Garcia: Holyoke Police Department

They are continuing to work with schools and stop issues before they develop.

Old Business / New Business

  • Next Meeting is Thursday, September 13th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library
  • Fill backpacks with supplies: Holyoke School Dept. Central Supply, 728 Main St., 2nd Floor, Tuesday, August 14th from 9am to 1pm.
  • Back to School Event: Saturday, August 18th 2pm to 6pm McNally Field
  • Anyone looking to volunteer, please send Melany Mendoza an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Close Meeting                                                                                                                              2:30pm

Contact Information:

Edward Caisse

Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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