Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative
Date: July 12, 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
Ed introduced himself and had everyone go around the room and introduce themselves and what agencies they represented. Ed then introduced Madeline Landrau and Jocelyn Hurley from MassMutual’s Lifebridge Program.
Madeline Landrau: MassMutual Lifebridge Program 1:05pm - 1:20pm
Madeline introduced herself and Jocelyn as working with MassMutual and that they would be speaking about their term life insurance program. Program was designed to assist families with annual income between $10,000-40,000. It is a 10 year term for those ages 19-42 who are the legal guardian of one or more dependent children. Under the program, an eligible parent will have a $50,000 policy issued on their life. If eligible parent dies during policy term, the money goes directly to a trust fund, managed by the MassMutual Trust Company. This will pay the educational expenses of the child(ren). The type of schools covered includes college, trade school, private school or pre-school. If the insured parent or legal guardian dies, children have ten years after to utilize or to the age of 35. If the money is not used within time period it is donated to: United Negro College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, National Achievers Society Scholarship Fund, The Achievement Foundation Scholarship Fund, and Community Foundation of Western Ma.
The process to apply is simple and should take approximately 15 minutes which includes meeting with a nurse during a scheduled time.
Jocelyn talked about the partnership with the Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative and specifically with the Back to School Event in August. She would like to continue their outreach efforts with partnering agencies surrounding the Lifebridge Program.
Agency Overview and Updates 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Ana Jaramillo: Holyoke Health Center
Mass Health eligible enrolling 8am-12pm no appoint needed. Pediatric dental and orthodontic need to call and make appointment.
Melvin Malave: ROCA
Grand opening on 7/24/18 from 4pm-6:30 at 384 High Street. Recently received MPTTI Holyoke Grant to possibly work with young mothers. Accepting referrals for individuals’ 17-24 proven risk.
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.
Ana Cruz: Wayfinders
Chakai will be leaving in August and they will have new VISTA: Maribel Santa. Ana will be covering Springfield and Holyoke.
Tony Simmons: DA’S Office
Tony stated that 6th, 7th, 8th graders recently presented on bullying through social media. These young people focus on issues facing students such as alcohol and substance use, abusive relationship and social media and discuss way to handle the difficult choices they face. They bring their message on these issues to adults at the annual Youth Advisory Board Conference.
Migdalia Rivera: Caregiver Homes
Ongoing communication and guidance on the cognitive and behavioral changes of their loved one. They work closely with caregivers to ensure their loved ones have around the clock care and support at home. They build collaborative and supportive relationship to develop and deliver a truly personalized plan of care.
Sylvia Ruiz: Fallon Health Care
Luis Perez: Foodbank
They provide community outreach and access to snap benefits. Can call or come in to activate.
Pedro Alvarez: Tapestry
7/31: Planning meeting at Hope for Holyoke for 8/31 event.
8/31: 6-930pm overdose vigil at Holyoke Public Library.
Tapestry offers Narcan training, STD testing 8am-54pm. First and third Friday is open until 7pm.
Deidre Murphy: MSPCC
Deidre gave update on teen pregnancy in Holyoke through DPH: 2006 143 teen pregnancies
2016 48 teen pregnancies
She continued to say that as numbers decline so do preventative measures. Need more community resources for young men; anyone can make referral.
Marilyn Nunez: MSPCC
Outpatient survival support program free for those with trauma with no insurance. IHTHM (in home therapy therapeutic mentoring).
James Biscoe: Clean Slate
Opioid addiction treatment program offering vivitrol.
Borgoni Jeranyama: MA Attorney General’s Office
Attorney General’s office is offering a series of community engagement webinar series. It is a way to inform public about AGO resources and will provide a train the trainer webinar every month.
Wednesday, August 8, 10:30am
Ana Jemielo: UHC MassHealth
Very excited about the opportunities available through the partnership with HSNI.
Maria Flores-Lopez: Salvation Army
Vacation Bible camp for youth 6-12 years from 7/30-8/3/18.
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.
Seneida 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.
Gladys Lebron Martinez: Ward 1 City Councilor/ Career Point
Gladys talked about a recent grant they received to assist in arrivals from Puerto Rico. They are offering wrap around services to those arriving to help them better transition. Sessions are at Career Point on Wednesdays at 1pm. They have 150 youth working in community on their summer jobs program.
Dr. Janine Spinola-Taylor: Springfield College
Springfield College looking for graduate students to working on the HSNI initiative to provide research on a 16 month cohort.
Glorimar Irizarry: Holyoke Health Center
Focus on reproductive health and facilitate on contraceptives. Mayor’s task force has new website for city services. Contact Cindy Miller HASPAC community provider. Health center provides free condoms and on site pharmacy for patients.
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, and College and Career exploration. Thanked everyone for the amount of referrals she has received from this meeting. They are recruiting for all levels of classes.
Daisy Hernandez: Gandara
Works with Hope for Holyoke
Israel Rivera: One Holyoke CDC
Just held their first movie night and had approximately 20 kids watching COCO. They are starting a community center fundraising campaign. Coordinating several community clean ups; more info to follow. Basketball tournament for ages 9-18; 3 on 3. It will be held on 7/27 from 11-5pm in the Flats. It will be a community event with food, fun, and tournament play.
Khalil Rodriguez: Vanguard
Khalil talked about a new initiative with the Vanguards and partnership that was formed with Western Mass bail fund. He stated that they will post at least $500 towards an individual’s bail.
Sandy Ward: Friends of the Holyoke Public Library
Sandy talked about her work educating community about funeral expenses. She is looking to partner with Shelly for an event in October.
Simon Elliot: Mass Fair Housing
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.
Ali Pinschmidt: Transformative Culture Project
Ali talked about a new campaign that she is working on, “Don’t take that Receipt”. She has 3 students from Career Point and 1 from Girl Inc. They talked about the harmful effects of the toxic chemicals in store receipts. They continued to talk about preventative alternatives and petition. They created 3 minute video in which they played surrounding issues.
Captain Febo: Holyoke Police Department
Ed introduced the new Chief of Holyoke Police Department, Captain Manny Febo. Captain Febo continued to talk about the philosophy of the Holyoke Police Department of preventing arrest rather than making arrest.
Gregory Ramos: HCSD
Officer Ramos talked about his recent assignment to neighborhood watch and excitement surrounding the community work.
Nicole Young: United Way
Talked about the “Stuff the Bus” initiative for the homeless on 7/27. They will be providing school supply donations.
Bishop Neil Boyd: NAMI
Provide outreach to families with mental illness along with advocacy at state house level. They would like to continue to support other agencies as well as law enforcement surrounding mental illness.
Kathy Veins: Greater Holyoke YMCA
Community resource to provide healthy and safe alternatives. Currently have approximately 100 kids in day camp programs today. They also have space available for agencies to utilize.
Steven Moguel: Holyoke Public Schools
Ed introduced Steve as being the newly appointed principal at Morgan School. Steve talked about his philosophy that you can educate your students if you don’t know the resources.
Yoshi Bird: YWCA of Western MA
They have bilingual staff that focuses on providing safe places for women and children in crisis. It offers counseling, job training, child care, and health and fitness. The YWCA also offers job training to people 16-21 who are out of school. They have rape crisis center for Holyoke of where they can dispatch staff to hospital so victim has support.
Alice Buckner: Westover Job Corp
Westover Job Corps is looking for SERIOUS young people who can make it in apprentice careers, looking for referrals of self-directed, more serious referrals. Department of Labor funds youth and have strict criteria for continued involvement in program. If student misses more than 2.5 days they will be terminated from program. They must be drug/alcohol free and have no continued discipline issues.
National Night Out for Chicopee is 8/6 at 4pm. Invited agencies to set up resource tables.
Ed Caisse: HCSD
Ed asked everyone to look at the Youth Agency Program and provide any updates and make sure all information is accurate. Back to school event is 8/18 and planning on providing 2000 backpacks to school age kids. They anticipate 3000 residents and Sodexo will be donating hot dogs and hamburgers for event.
7/27/18 will be the Basketball Championships for all 3 leagues starting at 4:30 and continuing with high school at 7:30. Ed commended Marc Swygert who has been devoted to the league and volunteering his time to give back to kids every night. He urged people to come out and support kids at the championships on 7/27.
Old Business / New Business
Next Meeting is Thursday, August 9th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library
Close Meeting 2:30pm
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