Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative
Date: May 10, 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
Agency Overview and Updates 1:05pm - 2:10pm
Ed Caisse: HSNI
Ed introduced Captain Febo as the new Chief for the Holyoke Police Department effective in July of 2018.
Antonio Padilla: Holyoke Probation/Boys and Girls Club of Holyoke
Antonio announced the up and coming graduation for the Young Marines program on June 9th from 11am-1pm at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club. He continued to talk about the journey that they have been on through various leadership roles and curriculum they have learned. Ages range from 8-17; boys and girls. Parents have been engaged in program and take active role in assisting with understanding and learning curriculum for their child. Instructors are comprised from various law enforcement agencies across Hampden County. Urged everyone to come out and support kids on their graduation day on June 9th.
Luis Perez: Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School
Luis talked about his role as the enrollment coordinator and that they are still accepting applications for the upcoming school year. He passed around broachers for those would want to get child involved in a small school setting, grades 9-12 with a capacity of 320 students. Located at 161 Lower Westfield Rd. Holyoke. www.paulofreirecharterschool.org (413) 536-3201
Shannon Sarkisian: HCC
Shannon works out of the admissions office along with having a role in outreach. She referenced the HERSA Grant that her colleagues presented about several months ago for community healthcare workers. They are able to offer 3 classes for free for those who test at college level.
Miqdalia Pinto: Caregivers Homes
Passed around flyers for a support group for children and parents. It’s an open support group for caretakers of children that are survivors of sexual abuse or assault. Children do not need to be enrolled in services with MSPCC to participate. Group is held on Wednesday mornings from 9am-10am at MSPCC (9 Sullivan Road in Holyoke. Call Katie Thomas at (774) 823-5856 for a screening.
Jordanna O’Connell: CHD
Jordanna asked for resources surrounding housing for a 21 year old female that she is working with through CHD. She is considered individual adult not child. Maritza referred Jordanna to 211. Iohann stated that Wayfinders might be able to assist. Others suggested Catholic Charities and Womenshelter housing advocate. Ed mentioned Mark Watkins from the Shine Program.
Lauren Dougherty: Womenshelter Campaneras
Looking to be a resource to the many agencies in attendance.
Deidre Murphy: MSPCC
Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library
Holyoke Teen Library is gearing up for their summer programs and will have calendar at next meeting.
Israel Rivera: One Holyoke CDC
Israel passed around flyer for #KeeptitClean2K18. It is a program that they would like to go viral in the city of Holyoke for all agencies doing community clean ups. Campaign mission is to increase efforts around the City with stronger, cohesive volunteer base. They launched on April 28th and are designed to take place once per month ending in September. The #KeeptitClean2k18 is way to keep community connected throughout the initiative.
Michael Moriarity: One Holyoke CDC
Michael passed around flyer and touched base on a home next to the Yankee Peddler, which will be transported to 278 Pine Street in Holyoke. The city was going to demolish the home but they stepped in and secured the house based on its quality. They were able to get a lot donated to them by the city of where they are planning to move home and set on a new foundation. They will be able to rehab and sell to a potential home owner.
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.
Sara Chadwick: Baypath University
They offer 20 plus online accelerated degree options affordable, flat rate tuition with 6 entry points (session starts). Call (844).944.8292 to enroll for June and September.
Bishop Neil Boyd: National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
May is mental health awareness month and he is looking to reach every town in Western Ma. He continued to talk about the stigma associated with mental health and teaching kids that it is ok to access services and support. NAMI will be having an event on Sunday, May 20th from 11am-3pm, “A Journey of Hope and Recovery’. It will be held at Stanley Park at 400 Western Avenue in Westfield. They will have music, hot dogs, refreshments, guest speakers, raffles and T-Shirts. For more information call (413) 786-9139 or visit www.namiwm.org/events
Rose Flores: YWCA
Rose announced a 3 on 3 basketball tournament at Springfield College and Basketball Hall of Fame. More information will follow.
Alison Proctor: Springfield DHHS
Announced meeting on June 13th for the Opioid Task Force in which she is a co-chair, It will be held at Hampden County Sheriff’s Department located at 627 Randall Rd in Ludlow. They are looking to re-energize and explore other avenues of prevention.
Rodney Allen: Cross point
Christian counseling center that was created to empower individuals, families and communities regardless of faith perspective. They promote personal healing through programs. Programs/services are based on clinical and biblical principles. Access website at www.crosspointclinical.org.
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.
Learning through Play Playgroup: Mondays, 10-11:30am at Chicopee Parks and Recreation Department.
Story time at McDonald’s: Tuesdays, 2:30-3:00pm at 285 Maple Street in Holyoke.
Read and Learn Together: Wednesdays, 10-11am at 250 Chestnut Street in Holyoke.
Ready for School Learning Group: Thursdays, 2-3pm at 206 Maple Street
Book Buddies: 10 week program to borrow a book which is delivered to home.
Date with Dad: Saturdays, 2-3pm, 6/2, 6/16, 6/30
Glenda Morales: Morgan School
4th Annual Stem Fair on 5/31/18. Partnering agencies welcome to attend and provide resources.
Edgar Robles: Holyoke Public Schools
Now accepting Pre-K and Kindergarten enrollment.
Helen Arnold: Holyoke Medical Center
Will be sponsoring 12 Holyoke youth through Careerpoint this summer. They will provide 6 weeks of education and mentoring.
Holyoke Medical Center will be sponsoring free meals for the needy out of the cafeteria. They have the capacity to serve 100 and Helen will be issuing tickets. Contact Helen for referrals.
Pedro Alvarez: Tapestry
5/26 will be their next community needle pick up. Reach out to Pedro if you are in need of disposal services (413) 650-2679 (Monday-Friday, 8-4pm). They are planning an overdose vigil and are partnering with Hope for Holyoke. Neighbor to Neighbor will be having a cleanup from 10am-2pm on Saturday; meet at Picknelly Center.
Desmaris Arroyo: Western MA Food Bank
Was hired based on pilot program run out of Holyoke Health Center’s Pediatric Unit assessing the need of proper nutrition.
Pat Duffy: State Rep. Vega’s Office
Talked about breakfast after the bell initiative that Rep Vega worked on with Foodbank started at Morgan School.
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
David/Ricardo: HSNI Outreach
Planning to start outreach efforts next month. Looking for updates and services from resource agencies to promote to communities.
Ed Caisse: HSNI
Ed talked about the back to school event for 8/18/18 and that they will be asking agencies to possibly pick 1 item for drive to collect. Boxing program has started and currently have 22 kids enrolled and they are continuing to get gym ready at club.
Youth Resource Guide 2:10pm - 2:15pm
Will be sending out PDF email on resource guide for youth and is looking for any updates from agencies to assure information is current (send info in size 8 font in Calibri). Deidre suggested that guide be in Spanish or shorten agency information so that it can reflect in Spanish
Networking Time 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Old Business / New Business
- Next Meeting is Thursday, June 14th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library
- Back to School Event, Saturday, August 18th at 2:00pm
Close Meeting 2:30pm
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