Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

Date:   March 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        

Update from John       McCarthy (USCIS)                                                                 1:05pm - 1:20pm

Ed introduced John, John gave a brief overview of USCIS and its development. He stated that they were formally known as INS and disbanded in 2003 to form three separate branches known as Custom and Border Patrol (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). John continued to say that USCIS was created to support legal immigration and does not have any law enforcement role. He passed around informational flyer explaining USCIS community outreach presentations offered at no cost.

The mission of USCIS is to strive to secure America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to customers, promoting awareness and understanding of citizenship rights and responsibilities, and making adjudication decisions in a consistent and accurate manner that furthers the goals and integrity of our nation’s immigration system.

John continued to talk about how he is trying to network with other community based organizations and get information out regarding USCIS. John directed agencies to their website www.uscis.gov for benefits available on immigration services.

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

Antonio Padilla: Holyoke District Court Probation/Holyoke Boys and Girls Club (Young Marines)

Antonio reported that Veterans Treatment Court is still running and doing well.  

Parent information session was over the weekend for Young Marines. They will have new start date of next Thursday based on snow and schools being delayed. It will be a 52 hour program with first aid by AMR and PT education. Graduation will be on June 8th or June 15th. Basketball academy 3/26, Elms College coaches along with spoken word/coding from Hoyoke Community College professors.

Caroline Palmer: DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps

Looking for site partners to host members to volunteer about 1,700 hours, the cost to sites is roughly $9,000 to host one AmeriCorps member for a 10-month term at the site.. DIAL/SELF is also looking for applicabts for membership into the DIAL/SELF program. 

James Maloney: Gandara/Hope for Holyoke

Recovery Coach with Gandara. Assists others in health recovery and are accepting referrals.

James Biscoe: Cleanslate

They recently hired a care coordinator and are looking to hire more at their site in Springfield.

Allison Proctor: Springfield DHHS

Public Health Council voted for syringe access in Springfield.

Melvin Malave: ROCA Holyoke

Roca has been working with young mother’s 17-24. They are accepting referrals, and they work all over western MA. They are currently accepting both men and women. The young mothers program is based out of Springfield, 29 School Street. They have secured office space at Career point for Roca Holyoke. Guys are showing up and program is doing well. They are currently looking for a ‘Young Mothers’ youth worker, email will be sent out through Ed.

Israel Rivera: One Holyoke CDC

Looking to host a family movie nigh once per month. Recently bought the Portuguese American Club and are looking to make it into a community center in the Flats.

Albert Park: HRH413

Received funding February 1st and are organizing peer led syringe access teams. Currently in need of meeting space. Can offer training/consultation for harm reduction. Looking to do a one-time four hour event.

Deb Flynn-Gonzalez: Gandara/Hope for Holyoke

Peer recovery support for Western Ma. Debbie passed around March calendar. Programs are run by peers in relapse prevention and learning to have fun in recovery. Open mikes third Saturday of the month 7-10pm; Recovery Jam Friday 2-4pm.

Mariliyn Nunez: MSPCC

CSTAR program for 21 and under victims of sexual abuse. Offer in home therapy and outreach. Hiring for outpatient therapist.

Deidre Murphy: MSPCC

Deidre is the outreach coordinator and offers programs for parents under the age of 24. All programs are free and passed around newsletter for Holyoke Healthy Families/Teen Parenting Program. They offer Healthy Cooking, Resume Building, Harvest Group, and Make Reading time Fun. Currently looking for home visitor positions; bachelors’ degree and bi-lingual preferred.

Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library

Upcoming event on 4/18, will send out flyer; Health and Taste Food group.

Sandy Ward: Friends of the Holyoke Public Library

Sandy passed around flyer for Mini Golf in the Library on 4/6 and 4/7. Friday, 4/6/ 6:30-9:30pm, $20 “Swing into Spring” Cocktail Party/Mini Golf 21 and over. Saturday, 4/7, Mini Golf for all ages 9:30 -3:30pm. Team tournament for pre-registered teams of 4. Shotgun start, 9am Saturday; Compete for Prizes and bragging rights. For more information: www.holyokelibrary.org/aboutfriendsgolf.asp.

Event is also a fundraiser for the Holyoke Public Library, which will be open Saturday 8:30am-4pm. Proceeds from sponsorships (hole sponsors, event sponsors); ticket and auction sales will support library services, especially for children and young adults.

Rodney Allen: Cross Point Clinical Services

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 will hold a Pastors’ Luncheon on 3/22/18 at 12pm; ‘Anger, Judgment and the Christian Man’.

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

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

Laura Banks: RVCC

Sexual Health educator interested in coming to organization to teach high school aged youth.

Christine Alger: River Valley Counselling / HPS / Holyoke Youth Task Force

Youth Development Voices Curriculum through social justice. Can come out to agencies to teach ages 15-19. Works at connections at Holyoke High School 4 days per week. They have academic, homework help, clubs, hot dinner, and bus ride home. Safe place for youth.

Holyoke Youth Task Force looking to recruit additional health.

Maria Pelchar: Holyoke Fire Department

Reminded agencies to reach out to Fire Department if they need assistance. They also provide fire safety programs, smoke alarms, and car seat installation.

Tamara Gheit: Viability / Odessey House

Part of Odyssey House and provide employment for those with substance/mental health history along with other job readiness skills.

Katalina Melendez: Picknelly Center

Katalina 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

Chakai Duany: Wayfinders

They have scheduled 4 clean ups in Holyoke starting on 4/28/18 (Chestnutt St) and proceeding 1x per month culminating on July 8th in South Holyoke. She will generate flyer and send to Ed. They are in need of volunteers.

Jharikem Borreno: Nuestras Raices

New farmer training program staring tomorrow, 3/9/18 from 5-7pm. Next Friday, 3/16, second session, 5-7pm.

Ed: Back to School Event has been confirmed for 8/18/18 at McNally Field from 2-8pm.

Old Business / New Business

Mark Your Calendars: Back to School Event 8/18/18 2pm to 6pm McNally Field

Next Meeting is Thursday, April 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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