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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.

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:

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Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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