Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

Date:   January 10, 2019

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        

Presentation by Molly Hoyt & Abby Mahoney: Girls on the Run        1:05pm - 1:20pm

Showed short video – Originated in 1996, running is seen as a way to stay grounded by some members, works towards achieving goals. Program is not about finishing first, but if you tried your hardest and completed. Help young females understand self-confidence. Use lessons to build life skills and establish attainable goals.

National organization which is available in every state. Social emotional based program, encourage positive friendships, empower young girls to make difference. Small lesson plans involved being educational, many lessons are based in group settings to build teamwork skills. Some girls come for running, some come for life lessons, and some come for being involved in a team based. Use life skills in school, at home, with other friendships. Parents have noted change in child, especially when surrounding symptoms of anxiety and inclusion. Group based program: teams are approx 8-15 girls. Fall season and spring season – 10 weeks long each. Practice runs approx 90 minutes. If you identify as a female in any sense you are welcomed to the group.

Holyoke – grades 3-5 (heart & soul grades 6-8) located at Kelly, Metcalf, and McMahon & Donahue. Finding volunteers is large obstacle, all coaches are volunteers and are looking for more volunteers/coaches. Do not have to be a runner! Looking for mentors, men or women, to teach young girls life lessons. Many participants use financial aid to participate in program. Always looking for new connections to local businesses that could donate or provide funding. Program costs $150/person. Practices commonly held afterschool at school, do have few community based teams.

5K – June 2nd at Springfield College, approx 3,000 participants, open to community. Celebration of girls on the run season, not competitive. Food available after 5K – food trucks. Located on Springfield College track

5K business festival: set tables up at 5K, $50 for non-profit and $200 for business to be present during 5K. Money goes towards fundraising.

Flyers passed out in English/Spanish regarding 5K and fundraising

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

Alison Scott: Dial-Self/Americore

If looking to host an Americore member or looking to take on leadership role to contact them.

Melinda Stone: Westover Job Core

Recruitment for non-residential students, passed out flyer about job core and services available: respect, resume building, job skills, earn GED/HiSet. Open Houses first 3 Thursdays of each month.

Mican Katz-Zieger: Enlace de Familia

Full family resource center, passed out flyers. Youth program geared towards LGBTQ, recruiting mainly high schools from Holyoke currently. Hosting art show June 17th at Enlace. Meet each Monday at 5.

Cynthia Espinosa: Nueva Esperanza

Looking for youth ages 8-14 to enroll in upcoming session, hold art show at end of June 22nd traditional Puerto Rican event – can apply to have table at event.

Iohann Vega: Gandara

Public access channel trying to get info out about what is happening in Holyoke. If looking to share information with public they will be sure to do so, continue working with youth in workshops to have opportunities to learn how to create media and surrounding media literacy.

Daisy Hernandez: Gandara Residential Services for Women

30 beds for women with SUD/mental health diagnosis. Almost full but no wrong door policy – no detox policy once cleared by medical staff. 507 Appleton Street.

Darryll Roberts: Holyoke Teen Parenting Program

Holyoke Teen Parenting: residential program ages 12-22, eligibility is parenting, pregnant, or reunification plan in place with DCF. Case management, housing, referrals

James Biscoe: Cleanstate

James stated that he does not have any new updates. They are an Opioid treatment program, 14 offices throughout Massachusetts.

Khalil Rodriguez: The Vanguard Movement

No new updates. Work with individuals who are/were tribal members some refer to them as gang members, mentor them and encourage positive growth along with building up one another.

Nayroby Rosa-Soriano: One Holyoke CDC

Recent play, around the world in 80 Days went over very well. Promoting #Keep It Clean Campaign – passed out calendar. Going around city to clean once a month, looking to collaborate with other agencies to do clean ups. Events created on Facebook where you can sign up online and be involved. Flats Community Building is looking for new members to participate at that location, will be sending out information on upcoming family fun night.

Neil Desroches: US Attorney’s Office

Office is committed to Holyoke, will continue to work with agencies to stay invested in Holyoke. Interested in human trafficking and open to referrals for victims.

Terry Murphy: Ward 2 Councilor

Thanked Westover Job Corps. Terry mentioned there will be a meeting at Morgan school tonight 6:30-7:45 surrounding revitalizing South Holyoke both housing and economic diversity.

Argho Das: MSPCC

Workshop June 4th for parents/caregivers surrounding trauma and helpful interventions, passed out flyers

Jjarikem Borrero: Nuestra Raices

They will be hosing a plant sale on May 18th, tonight’s event 5/9 sip & paint

Brenda Nickerson: Clearway Clinic

Free confidential medical clinic for early diagnostic pregnancy testing, along with prenatal health classes and STD testing. Most clients aged 15-30, located in front of MGM. All services are free and no referrals.

Sophie Maki: Mass Fair Housing Center

Hiring part time temp. Position, bilingual with Spanish who is interested in investigating fair housing claims. If anyone has had experience with led paint in housing please reach out – passed contact cards out.

Tyra Minto: CHD Safety Zone

18-24 years old, focuses on youth homeless or runaways. Passed out brochures and contact cards

Veronica Garcia: WGBY 37

Bilingual TV show airing 7:30 tonight for premier, view episodes on website. Community event on May 25th at Big E Fair Grounds. Free event. Franklin Graham providing powerful message.

Chassity Crowell: River Valley Counseling Center

Outpatient mental health services. Provide counseling in Holyoke public schools also, along with STCC. Provides SUD services.

Azizah Yasin: Holyoke District Court Clerk Magistrate

Developing community engagement for SUD to address obstacles for individuals who are/have been involved with criminal justice system.

Flor Diaz: Valley Opportunity WIC

Working on opening WIC closet, accepting donations for kids clothing (0-5 years of age), diaper donations. Diaper & clothing drive will be occurring. Passed out flyer. Currently hiring for 3 different positions: has postings

Luis Perez: Foodbank/SNAP coordinator

Community visits to complete SNAP applications. Healthy Incentives program: anyone who has SNAP is able to go to farmers market able to buy fresh veggies and be reimbursed the next day (when participating)

Liz Plouffe/Irving Concepcion: New Heights

They provide Mental Health and Substance Abuse treatment. Certified Anger Management along with batterer intervention. They can provide CPR/First Aid and AED instruction.

Deidre Murphy: MSPCC

They have been in community for 20 years. Free program for first time parents under 21. They are trying to expand age to 25. They do home visit in community and schools. Anyone can be referred. Passed around flyer for Father/Family training . They would like to have dads who have engaged in DCF.

Rondey Allen: Crosspoint

Christian counseling center. Client centered capable or serving that are not in the faith.   Specialize to fill gap and reach out to those involved in faith community and pastors.   Host pastor luncheons and education about managing issues. Variety of programs anger management respect 101. Smart step families blending families with other children. Separation between mind, body and spirit. Have wellness component. Crosspointclinical.org.

Cheryl Labrie: YMCA

Talked about their summer league for 3rd and 4th grades. Sign up will be this week.

Sarah Meier Zimbler: Holyoke Housing

Lead developer for housing affordable home ownership.   Will have meetings every 6 weeks passed out flyers. Looking to build up to 60 units in South Holyoke. Community meeting 5/28 at El Mercado.

James Maloney: Hope for Holyoke

Passed out May calendar for program. Gandara received funding/grant for a Recovery Center in Springfield. The director of Gandara ( Henry East-Trou) will be retiring this month.

Pedro Alvarez: Tapestry

Harm reduction, syringe access/disposal program. They are in community doing outreach. Tapestry is willing to go out to agencies and provide narcan training. All services are free/confidential. 10am-12pm syringe pick up in Holyoke. On Saturday, May 11th, they will be meeting at 15A Main Street. They have Hotline number for those that come across a syringe; passed around cards.

Melvin Malave: ROCA

Youth program working with those 16-24 years old. Men have to have been engaged with the Criminal Justice system. They offer CBT, mentorship, educational classes, DPW Work Crews, transitional employment services.

John Toro: BUUDDA Brothers

Wants to get connected to community.

Terry Britton: MassHire Holyoke

Working with Veterans and is stationed in Holyoke. He discussed a Human Service Forum that will be held next Wednesday, which is a good opportunity for both veternans and the business community, the event will be held at the War Memorial Building and will have resume workshops, as well as getting veterans connected to employment opportunities. Terry also mentioned the Hot Dog for Hot Jobs event that will be coming up in June.

Old Business / New Business

  • Next Meeting is Thursday, 6/13/19 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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