Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative
Date: October 12, 2017
Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Place: Holyoke Public Library
Mission Statement: The Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative is a partnership between local, state & federal law enforcement; city & state government; civic & human service organizations; faith based organizations; the business community; education providers; property managers; and residents coming together with a goal to create safe, healthy & economically viable neighborhoods through information sharing, identifying at-risk youth, referrals and community efforts in specific Holyoke neighborhoods.
Welcome & Introduction 1:00pm - 1:05pm
Ed had everyone go around the room with agency introductions.
Presentation by Jen Fernandes (United Way: Thrive Program) 1:05pm - 1:25pm
Thrive: Your one-stop financial success center
Thrive opened in 2015. Services are free to anyone in the community. It is meant to help people to become financially stable and healthy. The goal is to help people to grow as much money as they can. People can come to thrive for individual financial coaching. Credit score and debt can be very overwhelming. Going to thrive can help you get a deeper look into what is going on. Some services offered there are: confidential screenings, workforce training, money skills classes, debt reduction, credit repair help, financial coaching sessions, etc. Thrive helps their clients to reallocate their income and money in order to plan for the future. They also help people with banking concerns. They also screen for SNAP (food stamps). Thrive is very hands on and they will go with you out in the community in order to help make the client comfortable, be it with debt collectors, to the bank, or even to court.
Location: 203 Maple Street Holyoke, MA. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Jen is there from 9-4.
36 Court Streets, Westfield, MA. Jen is here Tuesday and Friday from 9-4.
Phone number: (413) 552-2941
Antonio Padilla (Holyoke District Probation / Boys and Girls Club)
The Young Marines chapter in Holyoke will be official after 9 months of planning. The headquarters will be at the Holyoke Boys and Girls club (all training and boot camp will take place there). The Young Marines is meant to help to reduce the drop-out rate, bring more discipline to the next generation and to motivate the youth of Holyoke. They have 30 volunteers so far, many of which are experienced with military service and who have higher education or who work in law enforcement. The Young Marines includes ages 8-17 but right now Holyoke is working with ages 12-17 to build up leadership. Girls and Boys may join but they need to be in good standing in the school. Youth will have CPR and mentorship training. They will have a liaison from the HBGC that will be in constant communication with Holyoke Public Schools regarding those involved in program. The program cannot be court ordered, is not a recruiting tool, and is not meant to be a “scared straight” experience. There will be mentorship and CPR training. The young Marines will include a lot of volunteer work. They want parents to be engaged in the program as well, not just drop their children off. (Only 35 will be accepted for the first boot camp)
Agency Overview and Updates 1:25pm - 2:20pm
Shannon Pineault: Goodwill Industries
Sharron: Goodwill manufacturing training 9-3 every other week. All individuals are welcome. Interview prep and opportunities to help people to get clothing for 231 South Street.
Pastor Marissa Egerston: St. Paul’s Church
St. Paul’s Church: October 18th 6-7 pm is a community reception at St. Paul’s Church
State Rep. Aaron Vega
State passed a supplemental budget of $4million and will help fund Holyoke Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI). State Rep. Vega urged everyone to read link to senate version of the Criminal Justice Reform Program. They are looking at new bill on gun regulations.
Lauren Dougherty: Womanshelter Companeras
October is Domestic Violence awareness month. Please wear purple and send in photos to show that support. There is a STEAM Exhibit at 208 Race Street (silent art showing for people who have died from domestic violence)
Margaret Curran: Ma Fair Housing Center (MFHC)
They want to be proactive around hurricane relief in Holyoke and make land lords be mindful of discrimination. Following Hurricane Katrina landlords started discriminate against those trying to relocate. MFHC is anticipating an influx of residents from Puerto Rico to Holyoke.
Also they can come to you and train you or your company as you try to support people going through the re-settlement process.
Sandy Ward: Holyoke Public Library
Tuesday, 10/16/17, at 5:30 Robert Forant will be talking about ‘what went wrong with the planned industrial city’ in Holyoke and the pioneer valley. In his talk, Professor Forrant will describe how the vibrant economy of Holyoke and larger Pioneer valley supported thousands of worker and their families. On Friday, 10/20/17, at
5:00pm, Dr. Llana Barber is coming to speak about her insights to explore the parallels between Holyoke and Lawrence in recent past. Lawrence, Massachusetts was one of New England’s first Latino majority cities. Dr. Barber will also be available for a book signing, ‘Latino City: Immigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts’
Edgar Robles: Holyoke Public Schools
Lesley Birk: Boy Scouts of America (BSOA)
Starting in January 2018, BSOA will be an inclusive organization that will be including females to their troops. On 11/30/17, the BSOA will be honoring Ed Caisse with the ‘Good Scouting’ Award at the Log Cabin from 6-8pm. Tickets will be $35 and will be available shortly.
Gustavo Acosta: Phoenix Charter Academy
They are a Charter High School in Springfield that challenges resilient, disconnected students with rigorous academics and relentless supports so they take ownership of their futures. They are currently accepting all students 14-22 years old: www.phoenixcharteracademy.org
Lexus Phillips: Holyoke Boys and Girls Club
Join them on 11/2/17 as they celebrate our past and future: 125th Anniversary Celebration. On Thursday, 11/2/17, from 6-9pm at the Wherehouse in Holyoke.
We are honored to be part of Holyoke's history - and its future.
Ali Pinshmidt: Transformative Culture Project
Youth media development organization. If you know any youth who are interested in learning filming or production there will be a yearlong filmmaking program. Fill out a short application at: www.bit.ly/applyBCWM. (Deadline is October 18th). Learn to make videos about important issues in your community. Compensation provided after completion of program. 3 days a week after school for one year.
Saul Caban: Career Point
Career counseling. It’s at 850 High St in Holyoke. It’s a one stop career destination meant to help people find work.
Jose Pedraza: HCC/Gill Technology
Computer classes for the semester have begun. They also offer transition to college classes, ESOL classes, career exploration classes, etc. Most of these classes are free. They are willing to teach people from Puerto Rico as well.
Rachel Dowd: Teen outreach coordinator in the Holyoke Public Library
Passed around October calendar for October teen room programming.
Deidra Murphy: MSPCC
Program helps teens and young parents under 24, it is free! They have groups and services, nutrition, career building classes, etc. No insurance needed to qualify for free services. They are also hiring a part-time RN, and youth worker (bachelors position), and also a healthy families director.
Holiday group is coming up. Presents for the kids, Santa will be there, etc. They are looking for a location so if you have or no one PLEASE contact them. Looking to hold event between 3-5pm with dinner.
Yesenia Sanchez: Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan
Alonzo Mark: Lighthouse Holyoke
T-Shirts for sale. The first block of classes is finished today. They are reaching out to any agencies that can help them do teen workshops that help with career development and are targeted at teenagers. Also mentors to help guide them and to keep the teens on the right path.
Jen Fernandez: THRIVE/United Way
Jen offered to come out to any organizations and present Thrive to them
Jen Moulton: United Way
If you have anyone who is working on opioid topics and want to reach out with other groups and organizations that do that than they are willing to be the middle person and to make those connections happen.
Alison Proctor: Springfield DPH Scoop Coalition
Thursday Nov. 30th, having a harm reduction panel. This is meant to educate the public on what harm reduction is. More details will come in the future and will work through Ed to get information out.
Kim Colwell: Girls Inc of Holyoke
Girls between the ages of 5 and 18 who need an afterschool program they have openings.
Eric Thorpe: Ameri-Corps Vista
Tomorrow is his last day. There will be a fall walking group. It’s meant to keep people up and moving in the fall. Tuesday at 5 pm in the library. There are 5 free classes on leadership training. The class will start in May and the applications will be due in March.
Dori Digenti: Breathing Space/Yoga and mindfulness recovery studio.
Want to sponsor two young people who can do yoga teacher training (she wants to start that up)
Shannon Sarkisian: Holyoke Community College
Event coming up through HCC, Bay State, etc. Tuesday December 5th, 3:00-6:30 Career readiness and also a college fair. They introduce them to colleges and also want to show them how college works and teach them about costs and more. Free dinner will be included. It will be at Holyoke High.
Maria Arrojo: BHN/HHC
Organizing support groups for the families of people arriving from Puerto Rico.
Glorimar Irizarry: Holyoke Health Center
Free testing and counseling but now they also offer those things at their Chicopee site 505 Front Street. Tuesday 1-4 walk-ins are welcome. Flyers will be sent to Ed so that the information is offered.
They will be giving out candy on Halloween.
Holyoke Health Center is helping families from Puerto Rico to get insurance and also same day care. They are working on a formal process right now but they are NOT closing their doors to anyone at the moment.
Browyn Murphy: Holyoke Health Center
Hurricane relief, Holyoke Health Center is ensuring everyone has enrollment coverage, same day care; they are not turning folks away that need services. They are currently working on a process of getting families into care.
Israel Rivera: One Holyoke CDC
They will be holding a Community celebration on December 6th. Free food and events for whoever is coming. They are also looking for sponsors to raise the last 1500 dollars that they need to run this event. They want everyone in the community to get together and create a community space to connect service providers with people who actually live in the community. At Kelly school 216 West St. Holyoke. 10/18/17, at 6pm report on PAM project survey. UMASS put information together and will present at El Mercado.
Jordana Willers: 1HR
They are institute on health and recovery: She does free trainings on disorders, youth and drugs, teenage trauma and drug abuse, and on resources available to help youth dealing with these things. Mass has a new substance use health line: Healthlinema.org
Meetings (Hamden county council): Dec 5th 1:30 to 3:30
Christine Alger: Holyoke Youth Task Force
11:30 meeting next week (all youth focused)
Adolescence sexual health: They want to have youth ages 15 to 19 that come to learn about sexual health for 10 weeks and then teach their own peers about safe sex.
Laura Banks: River Valley Counseling Center
Looking for churches, schools, etc. who are looking for an 8-week module class that helps them to learn about sex and making “proud choices” when it comes to sex.
Family Fun Night at Morgan School 10/27 6pm to 8pm 2:20pm - 2:25pm
Looking for volunteers
Old Business / New Business
Next Meeting is Thursday, November 9th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library
Spread The Work: Basketball Sign-ups at the Boys and Girls Club:
4th- 5th Grades: Oct. 24th and Oct. 31st
High School: Oct. 25th and Nov. 1s
Close Meeting 2:30pm