Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative
Date: September 13, 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
Seneida Torres: A Better Life Homecare 1:05pm - 1:20pm
Agency Overview and Updates 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Jesus Pereira: Veteran Services
Sarah Schmidt/Shannon Sarkisian: Picknelly/HCC
Sara 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, 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.
Shannon stated that they anticipate openings for their Health Worker classes based on new grant they have received for the spring cohort.
Miguel Arce: Springfield College
Referenced article in El Sol Latino newsletter summarizing the efforts of the HCSD and HSNI partners in last month’s back to school event.
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. Talked about Baby & Me group for newborn to 2 years. It will be every Friday starting 9/7 at the Holyoke Public Library from 10-11:30am. Call Maritza to register (413) 536-0363 x5643.
Sarah Pennington: MSPCC
Sarah talked about the survivor services offered by MSPCC to individuals, families and the community to promote recognition, understanding and recovery from the impact of traumatic victimization. She passed around Pop Culture flyer that explores heroines in popular movies, TV shows, and books who cope with trauma. Wednesday evenings 5-6:30pm 9/19-11/7. They also have Caregiver Support Group for caretakers of children that are survivor of sexual abuse or assault. Wednesday mornings 9-10am 9/19-11/7.
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.
Alice Buckner: Westover Job Corp
Alice talked about the reorganization of Westover and process of losing 46 staff. New staff will have a pre-requisite of Bachelor’s degree or higher. Spoke about the local career centers not being accessible on line by topic. Try to give feedback to add agencies. 10/18, revitalize 10 homes in Holyoke in 1 day. Need approximately 300 volunteers. 9/21, International Peace Day; promoting violence prevention looking for speakers.
Lisa Brecher: Gandara
They have 52 posted employment opportunities within Gandara. www.gandaracenter.org they have a need for bilingual staff. They will be going to Puerto Rico to recruit and offer stipends for transportation and/or relocation (housing).
Nelson Roman: Ward 2 City Councilor/ Nueva Esperanza
Nelson referenced the El Sol Latino newsletter and up and coming dates in September/October:
September 15th: Pineapple Diaries is a 120 minute workshop
September 16th: Springfield PR Parade
September 21st: 150th anniversary Grito De Lares
September 23rd: Roberto Clemente Softball Tournament
September 29th: Jurakan: Nacion En Resistencia
October 3rd: Magdalena Gomez
October 8th: Trino Remembrance Day
October 12-14th: Dancing on my Cockroach Killers
October 15th: Martin Espada
Rondey Allen: Cross point
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 are looking to expand into Holyoke area.
Cross Point Clinical Services (413) 732-7677 www.crosspointclinical.org
Bishop Neil Boyd: NAMI
Stop the Stigma Bingo Night: Friday, September 14th 5-8pm at Raymour and Flanigan 665 Boston Road Springfield. Passed around flyer for Kenya Foreign Missions to sponsor their children’s choir (30) coming to Springfield. When you buy a bag of Coffee or Tea, half of the proceeds earned will go to help their travel expenses.
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. Looking to organize event on Thursday, 11/1 from 4-6 pm at the Holyoke Public Library; Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead. RSVP (413) 582-5312
Clementine Lazar: Tapestry Health
Covers most of Western Massachusetts: Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties. www.tapestry.org
Glorimar Irizarry: Holyoke Health Center
Launched new website: www.hhcinc.org. Have posters for agencies that are interested. Stop by office at 230 Maple St in Holyoke.
Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library
Passed around Teen Room Program Calendar for September/October.
Deidre Murphy: MSPCC
Marilyn Nunez: MSPCC
Offer in home therapy and outreach and are accepting referrals. Hiring for therapeutic mentor.
Helena Dixon: Valley Opportunity Council (VOC)
Valley opportunity council adult education: referrals for older students, high-set, English as a second language. There is a new class that is focused on people who have a GED, high-set or a diploma who want to work on reading, math, and writing in order to brush up on those points before going to college. Passed around flyer and talked about the many grants they have received to offer classes at various times in many different areas of study. Class is Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:30am-1ppm at VOC.
Maria Flores: Salvation Army
Working with Food bank of Western Mass on Tuesday, 9/25 from 11 to 12.
Kathy Anderson: Holyoke Medical Center
She is Community Benefits Manager and she is 11 days into her new role. She is on the board of Salvation Army, she mentioned identifying folks that could ring the bell for Salvation Army. Kathy mentioned her role at the medical center is looking at challenges in the community and bringing services to the community around childhood obesity, teen pregnancy and education. She mentioned that they hold community dinners on the 4th Thursday of the month, which have capacity for approximately 80 community residents. The last dinner was her first one and it was wonderful. Holyoke Medical Center will be holding a Free flu clinic on 10/20.
Migdalia Rivera: Caregiver Homes
10/3 they will be offering training at Springfield Public Library. Suicide between the ages of 12-34 is the leading cause of death. Offering training to have information to bring hope to people who are thinking of suicide.
Asnage Custelly: STCC
Only technical school in area. Passed around flyers for free programs: 9/19 at 11:15am presents Kaila Mullady (2105 World Beat box Champion) at the Scibelli Hall Theater on STCC Campus. Career Fair on 9/26 from 11am to 2pm at STCC.
Akala Chaires: Womanshelter Companeras
Looking to make contacts through meeting along with referrals.
Mike Moriarity: 1 Holyoke CDC
Hiring resident service coordinator along with book keeper. Bachelor degree preferred along with licensure. Will be at Raymour and Flanigan with a fund raising event called Drink and Draw hosted by Umass Professor. Mike spoke about the Chronic Absentism, which is a sign of not having academic success. He mentioned that Septembe is Attendance Awareness Month, which is a national effort.
Officer Romero: Holyoke Police Department
New community elder service officers after his role as SRO for 24 years. Today is his 3rd day in his new role.
Abimalec Martinez Cortez: AIC
Hosting a fund raising event on 10/20 for relief from Hurricane Urma and Maria. event for Puerto Rico from 4-7pm. Looking for vendors for event for mental health, employment, etc, there is a vendor fee of $25.
Melany Mendoza: Mass Mentoring Partnership
Mentioned that the Mass Mentoring Partnership has a full-time lobbyist at the state house to lobby to support young people, especially around relationships. Mass Mentoring support community organizations and youth development programs and hold a quarterly meeting, the next meeting is scheduled for 10/10, encourage agnecies to provide their email if they wanted to be added to that distribution list.
Melvin Malave: ROCA Holyoke
They are accepting referrals, and they work all over western MA, with new Holyoke location on High St. They are currently accepting both men and women (SPFLD). The young mothers program is based out of Springfield, 29 School Street. ROCA is working on new grant to work with Young Mothers in Holyoke. Recently had grand opening on 7/24 at High St and thanks to everyone for their support. Guys are showing up and program is doing well. They offer wrap around services, education, and transitional employment, for those involved in criminal justice system.
Ana Jaramillo: Holyoke Health Center
Informed folks they can refer folks to the Holyoke Heath Center that are in need of services. They provide services for folks with Masshealth. They have both a dental department and orthodontis department. They work with kids with behavioral health issues. They also provide services for eye care and for children needing glasses, they do except MassHealth for this service as well.
Ana spoke about Let’s Move Holyoke 5210, which helps educate the community on healthier lifestyle tips around wellness, healthy eating and physical activities, along with behavioral change program, which is all FREE.
James Maloney: Hope for Holyoke
Recovery month taking place in September and have been extremely busy. In honor of Recovery Month and Puerto Rican Culture, Hope for Holyoke and Gandara will be marching in Springfield’s Puerto Rican day Parade with a float celebrating recovery. Passed around Hope for Holyoke programming schedule for September. 9/28 is Holyoke Recovery Day. They will be hosting a Recovery March and Celebration starting at Heritage State Park, Appleton St and marching to Veterans Park, Dwight St from 12-5pm. Mayor Alex Morse will be in attendance and will offer proclamation for Recovery Day. Live music and Dance.
Veronica Garcia: WGBY
Stated they will be airing a program on 9/20 at 8pm will broadcast a special, which will be an update as to where Puerto Rico is after Hurricane Maria. Also mentioned that they are looking to host folks from the community for taping at WGBY TV for a 7:30am to 8am slot.
Old Business / New Business
Back to School Event 8/18/18: Ed thanked everyone that assisted in the back to school event.
J.J. Barea Event 9/7/18: Ed thanked the Basketball Hall of Fame and State Rep. Aaron Vega for bringing J.J. Barea and Coach Carlisle to the Holyoke High School.
Next Meeting is Thursday, October 11th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library
Close Meeting 2:30pm
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