Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative
Date: June 14, 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
Brainstorming Session (LaTonia Naylor: Springfield College) 1:05pm - 1:45pm
- What do you or your agency see as top community needs?
- What resources are available to meet those needs?
- What organizations or programs are currently available to families?
- What type of recruitment efforts does your agency practice?
What do you or your agency see as top community needs?
Not enough activities community/sports
Lack of safe places
Education around Mental Illness
Restorative Justice Programs
Trauma Informed Training
Entry level jobs/Summer jobs
Not Enough Navigators
Lock of Direction
Engagement with Families
Lack of Funding
What resources are available to meet those needs?
RVCC Teen Clinics
Peck, Holyoke High North, Dean Campus
Kick it Club (Free Sports Clinic)
Colleges: Faculty and Students
En Lace De Familias
Alliesinrecovery.net/Learn to Cope (parenting group)
Family Resource Center
Healthcare news (newspaper)
Family Partners (BHN)
South Bay Community Services: Therepeutic Mentors
St Jude’s Clothing
What organizations or programs are currently under used by families?
STCC-CAS (center for accessing services)
What type of Recruitment efforts does your agency practice?
Social Media: Facebook
Block Parties for Resources
Ed having a Contact list with HSNI
Networking face to face
Anyone can help
In reach to Schools
Provide resource bags to teachers
Agency Overview and Updates 1:45pm - 2:20pm
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.
Andrew Batchelor: Mass Attorney General’s Office
Upcoming webinar series by the Community Engagement Division:
Worker’s Rights: 9/12/18 at10:30am
Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law
Identity Theft and Scam Prevention: 10/9/18 10:30am
Landlord-Tenant Rights: 8/8/18: 10:30am
Immigration Scam Prevention: 6/12/18 10:30am
Peter Sylver: CHD/DYS
They provided re-entry services to youth and their families. Looking to gather more resources from meeting.
Silvia Ruiz: Fallon Navicare
Senior care options through Masshealth Standard. Offers personal care from your own care team.
Glorimar Irizarry/Bronwyn Murphy: Holyoke Health Center
They have drop boxes for expired medication and have separate area for syringes. Acupuncture clinic for pain management and/or substance abuse history. They are reaching out to local barber shops in Holyoke to provide contraception for patrons and education around testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Mayor’s Task Force: HASHPPAC has new website Youhavechoicesholyoke.com.
Neil Desroches: US Attorney’s Office
Neil stated that the US Attorney’s Office is committed to the community surrounding issues of public safety.
Marilyn Nunez: MSPCC
CSTAR program for 21 and under victims of sexual abuse. Offer in home therapy and outreach for those connected to a hub. They now have online referral process at MSPCC.com.
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.
Brandy Wilson: Girls Inc
Brandy stated that they are currently recruiting 7th and 8th grade girls for their Eureka Program. Eureka is a five year journey for teenage girls, preparing them to participate and excel in cutting edge, dynamic STEM careers. They have a few slots left and first cohort of (5) will be graduating this year. Second cohort has (15) and thirst has (25). They are trying to get in to more schools to educate around sexual health in Springfield/Holyoke area. Sex Trafficking workshop Panel tonight at HCC: Mckittrick Center room 301/303 from 6-9pm. They will be creating ‘Bags of Hope’ containing essential items.
Laura Banks: RVCC
Sexual Health educator interested in coming to organization to teach high school aged youth. 9 week module curriculum for ages 12-19 in sex education. She has been to local high schools and career centers and would be willing to come out to agencies/organizations. Passed around flyer for Summer Health Education Series at the Library. It will be a free program every Friday starting 6/29-8/24, 1-3pm.
Mike Lewis: Providence Ministries
Michael explained that he is the Director of housing for Providence Ministries. They currently have 3 buildings for sober living and Peer Recovery. They are: Loreto House, Broderick House, and McCleary Manor. Applicant needs to be one year sober and be able to show stable income. Providence Ministries also has Kate’s kitchen of where they provide a community meal 7 days a week. Check out Providenceministires.org h
Trish Bonica: YWCA
They have a host of programs through YWCA and will have Gina and Aisha touch base on them as the program leaders. YMCA is currently hiring and looking to fill some positions starting between $14-$20 an hour. Trish passed around a job description.
Yhidda Ocasio: YWCA
They have a young parents support program for those 23 and over. Clients will be assigned a case manager who will do outreach and provide transportation.
Aisha Pizarro: YWCA
She is the director of the young teen residential program for those who experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. They have 2-3 bedroom units and very small wait list.
Sandy Ward: Friends of the Holyoke Library
Sandy passed around flyer for the Summer Teen Room Library Programs and for Lunch at the Library on 6/25 and 8/24 from 12-1:30pm.
Shanti Sponder: Southbay Community Services
Andrea Bienvenue: STCC
Admissions counselor who assists in FAFSA applications.
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.
Luli Torres: Amherst Colleg3
She is volunteering with the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club through the Young Marine Program. She works at Amherst College and knows students would be interested in volunteering/mentor Holyoke youth.
Melany Mendoza: MASS Mentoring Partnership
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.
Antonio Padilla: Holyoke Probation/Boys and Girls Club of Holyoke
Antonio reported on the recent 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. Gave special thanks to Ed Caisse for doing the invocation and Luly Torres for providing food.
Next program starts in September and is only $125 for admission.
Senaida Torres: A better life homecare
They provide PCA and Nursing services for those with Masshealth. PCA works with those 22 and over from low income housing. Nurses work with those 18 and over from low income housing. They provided physical therapy, occupational therapy and behavioral health. They will be having event on 8/9/18 at the Chapin Center in Springfield from 4-6pm.
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 recently opened at 384 High St.
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 Pagan: Holyoke Public Library
Library will be starting their summer hours and will be open until 6 Monday-Friday and 4pm on Saturday/Sunday.
Julia Roberts: MSPCC
They have changed name to from CSTAR to Support Services. They work with children that are victims of sexual abuse.
Xandria Sotomeyor: Career Point
Resource for job readiness development and have office out of Dean Campus. They have 30 additional spots for their summer work program and HMC has been a great partner as they took 12 for their 5 week assignment. Need more sponsoring agencies.
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.
They will be having a Family Fun Day on 6/23/18 from 12-3pm at Heritage State Park.
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
Joe Krupczynski: Umass Amherst
Director for civic engagement for campus. Developing community based opportunities for students to work.
Old Business / New Business
Next Meeting is Thursday, July 12th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library
Close Meeting 2:30pm
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