Meeting Notes 5/10/18

Meeting Notes 5/10/18

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Agenda   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...
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Meeting Notes 4/12/18

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes   Date:    April 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...
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Meeting Notes 3/8/18

Meeting Notes 3/8/18

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes   Date:   March 8, 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...
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Meeting Notes 2/8/18

Meeting Notes 2/8/18

Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes   Date:   February 8, 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...
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Meeting Notes 1/11/18

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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Agenda

 
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

Deidre is the outreach coordinator and offers programs for parents under the age of 24. All programs are free and passed around flyer for their fathers and family network. On Tuesday, May 29th from 10am-12pm they will be offering a free series towards professionals and community members who work with fathers in any capacity. They will have a representative from DOR to talk about child support updates/recent changes in the laws and how they affect fathers. RSVP to Ramon Suarez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (413) 532-9446.

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

Contact Information:

Edward Caisse

Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

 
Date:    April 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         

Chakai Duany and Sarah Page (Way Finders)                                                                         1:05pm - 1:20pm

Chakai and Sarah gave an overview of their work with Way finders and the Resident Leadership Program.  It is a program to help you become an empowered and confident leader in the city of Holyoke.  It provides tools and techniques to develop and enhance leadership skills of anyone interested in building a stronger neighborhood community. They have graduated 49 people in 3 years under their 5 week curriculum.  The next leadership cycle begins on 5/9/18. To view the video from the presentation from Way Finders, click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2l90TIAQFw

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

Sasha Espinoza: Career Point

Accepting applications for summer employment opportunities ages 14-21 from 4/9/18 to 4/20/18 at 850 High Street between 3-5pm. Started new initiatives DBI 7 targeted to youth with disabilities.  Summer Youth Job Fair, Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 1pm-3pm at Holyoke City Hall Annex 536 Dwight Street, Holyoke.  Contact Gladys Lebron-Martinez (413) 322-7143.

Yessenia Sanchez: Boston Medical Center Health Net Plan

New program for 65 and over; mass health or Medicare.  They will provide transportation to appointment through a private company. BMC has a new program that is focused on seniors 65 and older that have Medicare. Contact if you are interested. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.  They have open slots to obtain jobs from $21 per hour to $40 per hour.

Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library

Rachel passed around April calendar for the programing in the teen room.  Tuesday, 4/17/18: Recording Studio 2-4pm. Wednesday, 4/18/18: Food Adventures Cooking Program 1-3pm and Reading with Rooster 4-6pm. Thursday, 4/19/18: Spirited Away 2pm. Friday, 4/20/18: Uno Tournament 11:30am.  3D Printing and more for teens on Thursday 5/3/18 from 5-7pm. Contact Rachel at: (413) 420-8119 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Deidre Murphy: MSPCC

MSPCC works with teens and young parents under the age of 24.  They provide connections to resources for clients and workers through educational and social groups on a variety of topics.  Email her for to make referral: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They are looking to hire a clinical specialist for program.  Passed around flyer for new program, ‘All Babies Cry’ on Tuesday, 4/26/18, at 9 Sullivan Rd in Holyoke from 10-12pm. 

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.   They are hiring an intern with educational background to work on a paid position on media literacy.

Saul Caban: Career Point

Talked about his work as a job developer with Career Point and recent grant received for Puerto Rico disaster relief.

Maureen Groden: UMASS Nursing

Looking for nursing students to be placed in sites to provide important experience in the field.   They have been paired up in schools with nurses looking for interns.

Melvin Malave: ROCA

Melvin talked about the work of ROCA securing a space at 384 High Street in Holyoke.  He continued to say that ROCA is accepting referrals from proven risk young men between the ages of 17-24 from Holyoke.    

Maritza Martinez: CFCE

Maritza announced that their name has changed but will still incorporate the CFCE acronym.  They are now Holyoke Chicopee Coordinated Family and Community Engagement.  They provide quality education programming. 

Parenting Group will be offered free in a 6 week workshop for families with children ages birth – 8 years old on Monday from 1-2pm at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club, 70 Nick Cosmos Way. Parent and Child programs are every Wednesday at 250 Chestnut Street in H Holyoke from 10-11am for children 0-5 years old.  Ready for School Learning Group is every Thursday from 2-3pm at 206 Maple Street in Holyoke which will offer child development and school readiness activities for children 0-5 years old.  Story time at McDonald’s is every Tuesday at McDonald’s (285 Maple St in Holyoke) 2:30-3pm for children 0-5 years old.  Contact Maritza if transportation is needed to attend or for more information (413) 536-0363 x5643.

Dori Digenti: Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfully

They will be offering a mindful eating class on Wednesdays, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, and 5/23 from 7-8:30. For info and registration visit Breathingspaceholyoke.com or contact Dori at (413) 437-0747.

Nelson Roman: Ward 2 City Councilor/ Nueva Esparanza

Nelson talked about the great collaboration with the Holyoke Police Department and Ed Caisse of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department in response to a bullet found in the side of Morgan School.  They were able to put together a Community Event and explore issue. 

Innovation week will start 4/22/18 from 1-5pm at Train Station.  5/1/18 will be the ribbon cutting for the Opening of the Puerto Rican Culture Project.  6/10/18 is the 35th anniversary Guayabera Gala, will have featured speakers: Luis Morales, Sus Amigos, Lili Nicole.  It will be $50 a ticket, includes Dinner, will have cash bar, DJ, and silent auction.  Doors open at 6pm at Mill 1 at Open Square in Holyoke.

July 9th-August 17th will be their Cuyo Social Justice Summer Arts Program.  Registration is now open and space is limited: 11 spots Open (ages 8-10) and 5 Spots open (ages 11-13). For more information contact Nueva Esperanza at (413) 437-7666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Announced that the ‘Taste of South Holyoke’ will be held on Saturday, 9/22/18.

Alison Proctor: Springfield Health Department

Meeting tomorrow, 4/13/18, at Providence Hospital from 10am-12pm.

Veronica Garcia: WGBY

Presencia returns for its 3rd season on WGBY Primetime.  They feature stories from our Latino Community on Thursdays at 7:30pm. Tonight will feature Latinos vs. Hispanic stereotypes. 

Veronica passed around flyer for their Digital Storytelling Workshop which starts 4/18/18 to 4/20/18 from 10am-3pm at the German Gerena Community School.  They are looking for bilingual youth to produce stories about their Puerto Rican heritage/visiting or living in Puerto Rico.  If interested email your name, phone number, school and grade level to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bongani Jeranyama: MA Attorney General’s Office

On 4/30/18, the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy will be offering a summit on immigration and economic security.  It will be at Clark University, 4/30/18, from 9am-12pm in Worcester. For more info and to RSVP, visit, bit.ly/agosummit2018.

Ed Caisse introduced Tony Pettaway from the Springfield Department of Public Health.  He explained that Tony has collaborated with us and was our MC for our recent recent all-star game hosted by the Basketball Hall of Fame which featured an appearance by Travis Best.  Ed thanked both Tony for brining Travis Best to our all-star game and explained the kids loved seeing Travis at the event.

Travis Best: Travis Best Foundation

Travis talked about his foundation and living in Atlanta for the last 25 years and recently moving back to Western Ma. 

Chief Jame Neiswanger: Holyoke Police Department

The Chief commended the work of ROCA and officially welcomed them to Holyoke.  He also talked about the recent exposure of Fentanyl to one of his officers.

Sandra Ramos: Foodbank

Sandra is the SNAP coordinator and is looking to have more outreach with community.

Alison Zolotor: DCF

Alison talked about DCF and her work with the adoption unit.

Freddy Dejesus: Gandara

Works with child behavioral health initiative; Monday - Saturday 9am-8pm for youth 16-21.

Alejandra Torres: HCSD

Family Fun Night on 4/27/18 at Morgan School 5-7pm. She is looking for volunteers.

Ashley Berrios and Dannysha Median: Dean Tech

Seniors at Dean Tech that are doing tours for the local elementary schools that will be freshman next year. They will be having a tour tomorrow, 4/13/18, with Alan Gates.

Jaime Cotto: Dean Tech

Cotto talked about the merge with Holyoke High and that Dean Tech will be considered Holyoke High South Campus.  They anticipate a high enrollment and that they will have a waiting list for admission.

Sandy Ward: Holyoke Public Library

Thanked everyone for their participation/sponsorship with their Mini Golf fundraiser on 4/6/18 and 4/7/18.  Holyoke Fire Department sponsored a ride on their truck.

Laura Banks: River Valley Counselling Center

9 week module curriculum for ages 15-19 in sex education.  She has been to local high schools and career centers and would be willing to come out to agencies/organizations.

Tamaara Gheit: Odyssey House

Received a grant for homeless and are looking to partner with landlords/housing to assist in providing opportunities for 6 individuals.

Gary Coombs: Clearway Clinic

They offer pre-natal health care and are opening a location by the casino in Springfield.  They are currently looking to hire 2 nurses.

Kim Colwell: Girls Inc.

Enrolling Ages 5-12 for their summer program which includes science and technology, literacy, health and wellness, sports activities, field trips and fun. Contact Kim Colwell, Director of Elementary School Programs at (413) 538-7142.

Sarah Pennington: MSPCC

They work with children that have been sexually abused.  Currently run 2 groups: Superskills ages 8-11 from 9am – 1pm. Caregiver group is for parents and meets on Wednesday nights to discuss how they can support children.  They screen for both groups.

Illeana Cintron: Holyoke Public Schools

Math learning is priority for Holyoke Public Schools based on latest test results. They have also started Family Book Clubs in 4 schools in which 3 are in Spanish and 1 in English.  Meeting will be on May 1st at Holyoke Library from 5-7pm. They have started a Parent Power Summit to assist parents to confidently boost their child’s math skills.  New date will be Thursday, May 3rd from 5-8pm at Holyoke High School.  Program is free and will serve light dinner starting at 4:30.  Transportations can be provided upon request by April 30th.  Registration and program: http://bit.ly/2dw3vge .  Pre-K registration is open along with summer learning programs.

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, 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.

Dave McCoy: Outreach Coordinator

When weather breaks they will start their outreach efforts to community.  They are looking to get the resources to the community by addressing their areas of need.  Come out and visit them on Thursdays with the Holyoke Mobile Police Unit. 

Alvilde Sophia: Institute of Puerto Rican Culture

Ambassador of Puerto Rico Culture at the Wistariahurst Museum. Challenged everyone to explore the museum and to bring children for experience.  Doing guided tours next Tuesday, please bring children. They will be having Rafael Rodriguez Cruz, author of the book, El Gran Siempie as he speaks of the roots in Guayama, Puerto Rico.  It will be Tuesday April 17th, 6-8pm. Transplant a house from Puerto Rico to this house.  She is a muralist and has done work all over the county along with being a Professor at Cambridge College in Springfield.

Rafael Santos: HCSD AISS

Rafael passed around information on AISS and explained his role with the HCSD which is to help guys transition back to the community.  He is facing many issues currently surrounding a license with the new state regulations that have been implemented if an individual does not have a birth certificate. 


Rafael transitioned into his work with neighborhood watch and implementing a lot of what he has learned into his work with the schools.  He has designed a program with Lawrence School that incorporates parents playing basketball with their kids after school.  He continued to say that program has done well and is continuing to grow.  They will have event on 5/24 at Lawrence and another on 6/14 at Holyoke Boys and Girls Club.

Gustavo Romero: One Holyoke CDC

Starting a new campaign called #2k18 for any community clean ups in Holyoke.  He passed around flyer for Saturday, 4/28, 5/19 and 6/16.

Back To School Event (Video and Packets)                                                                  2:20pm - 2:25pm

Ed displayed a short video from last year's back to school event and passed out some sponsorship packets for this year's event.  Ed explained that the Back to School Event is a great collaboration of agencies and the business community working together and hopes that everyone can assist with the fundraising for this year's event.

Old Business / New Business

Next Meeting is Thursday, May 10th 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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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

 
Date:   February 8, 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        

Becky Lewis, MSW MPH, Chair, Foundations of Health Program, HCC                         1:05pm - 1:20pm

Becky talked about her role at HCC and the Community Health Worker Program which offers a clear path to reach educational and career goals.  HCC recently received a 4 year grant in the amount of $430,000 from HRSA BHVET.  It will pay $3000 per student during a 12 month period. Students take classes developed to fulfill their educational requirement to apply for the Massachusetts certification as a community health worker (CHW) along with getting some practical experience in the field.  Practicum consists of 125 hours of field work of where students can apply theory to their field work.

Students will take 1 class in spring, summer, and fall semesters: Care Competencies, Essential Health Topics or Children’s behavioral health, Practicum for CHW.  Classes are offered evenings 6-9pm or Saturdays 10-4pm.  Criteria for eligibility: College English, Cori/Sori practicum, commitment for completion of 3 classes.  You can complete google form, HCC admission application, and placement testing. Must have high school diploma, GED, or HISET.  Will not accept certificate of attainment.

The purpose of the program is to explore the primary roles/responsibilities of Community Health Workers including: linking individuals and families to needed health, public health, and human services, playing important roles in increasing access to health care, and eliminating health disparities among vulnerable and underserved communities. Contact Rebecca Lewis is (413) 552-2426 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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

Antonio Padilla: Holyoke District Court Probation/ Holyoke Boys and Girls Club

Young Marine program will be starting in March of 2018 and focusing on ages 8-18.  Interested applicants will be screened for acceptance to program through interviews with youth and parents.  Headquarters will be at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club.  They have just partnered with AMR and Baystate to offer a CPR and First Aid training.  Parent orientation will be on March 3rd. Have 21 commitments and are still accepting more. Anticipated graduation will be in June. 

Holyoke Boys and Girls Club will be starting their Hoops for Dreams Basketball Academy where they will be having coaches from the mens and womens teams at Elms College assisting.

Zuheily Gonzalez/Delia Morales: Community Connection Healthcare

They provide home healthcare services to seniors and adults with disabilities.  Care agents are Registered Nurses, Case Managers, and home health aides trying to have client achieve best quality of life possible.

Lauren Dougherty: Womanshelter Companeras

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month and Laruen asked everyone to wear orange on February 13th.

Sarah Schmidt: Gill Technology Center/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.

Sandy Ward: Friends of the Holyoke Public Library

Announced the return of their Mini Golf fundraiser for the weekend of 4/6/18 and 4/7/18 in all 5 floors of the library.   They added a teen tournament on Saturday starting at 9am.  Teams will consist of 4 players.  Comic book illustrator on 2/17 “Geek Like Me” on how to write comic books.

Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library

Rachel passed around February calendar for the programing in the teen room.  They will be having event on 2/21 from 1-3, “Aviation Exploration”.  Need to RSVP.

Jen Fernandes: United Way

Talked about the THRIVE program for financial success/debt reduction. They help an individual get ahead financially with an array of free and confidential services. Make appointment locations at the PAFEC building, and Westfield at 36 Court Street.

Dr. Neil Boyd: National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)

Dr Boyd introduced himself as the new President of the National Alliance of Mental Illness for Western Massachusetts.  He referred to a letter that was passed around inviting agencies to attend an event on Tuesday, March 13th at 7pm.  It will be held at Rebecca Johnson School at 55 Catharine Street in Springfield. State Commissioner Mikula and her team will be in attendance to share their new plan and how it will affect our families.

Melaney Mendoza: Ma Mentoring

There will be a MMP summit in Boston next week, talking about partnerships.  MMP created MMP Connect, which is a networking group for mentoring and youth development programs.  They will be presenting a training every quarter.

Robert Houle: Unity Financial

They go to organizations and give free seminars that help people to get out of debt.  Financial Education series (18) is to help employees make smart decisions about their finances.  Their goal is to help agencies and their employees achieve financial well-being.

Margaret Curran: Mass Fair Housing Center

Concentrate on issues surrounding housing discrimination.  Talked about the SUN program which stands for support, unlock, navigate.  Program offers support and assistance as you search for housing.  They work with you to find listings that meet your goals and help you become the most competitive applicant you can be.

Gladys Lebron Martinez: Careerpoint/Ward 1 City Councilor

Focused on career/workforce development.  On March 6th, they will be hosting Green Thumb Industry (GTI) for a Job Fair.  They will have a breakfast from 7:30-9 and Job Fair begins at 10am. First 100 applicants will receive help on matters surrounding their CORI.  Presently, they have an influx of Puerto Rican families arriving to Holyoke; they are working with them to receive benefits.  They are also getting ready for their summer employment program.  Looking for host agencies to either sponsor or pay youth.

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 for free college writing and math classes for college eligible students who need a refresher course.  Class is Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:30am-1ppm at VOC.

Bangoni Seranyama: MA Attorney General’s Office

Attorney General’s Office has 2 programs that they will be introducing to Western Ma.  The first will be around immigration law and correct way to practice.  They will be providing education on who can actually practice immigration law, they are willing to do presentations for organizations. The second program will be targeted towards more community involvement to direct folks to free labor council. There will be clinic in April in Springfield.  The Attorney General’s Office is looking for more community involvement to direct folks to free legal council.

Laura Farnsworth: MSPCC

Looking for 14-24 parents to engage in young parenting program.  They are looking to fill a new youth worker position full time and bilingual preferred.

Laura Banks: RVCC

9 week module curriculum for ages 15-19 in sex education.  She has been to local high schools and career centers and would be willing to come out to agencies/organizations.

Shannon Sarkisian: Holyoke Community College (HCC)

Would be willing to do presentation for community providers surrounding various levels of education; HISET/GED, transition, value of education.  Shannon stated that she could curtail presentation to fit area of focus.

Daisy Acosta: Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Daisy is a foster care recruiter looking to increase numbers of foster families.  She is at the Holyoke Public Library every third Saturday of the month from 12pm-1.

Jharikem Borrero-Irizarry: Nuestras Raices

Their next farmers market is 2/17/19 from 10am – 2pm.  They accept SNAP/WIC/DEBT.

Maryanet Wood/Dorrie Brook: Holyoke Public Schools/Jones Whitsett Architects

Inviting agencies to a community meeting at Lawrence School on 2/13 at 6pm.  They are working with the Holyoke Public Schools in designing 2 new schools in the ward 1 area.

Rodney Allen: Cross Point Clinical Services

Christian organization that was created to empower individuals, families and communities to overcome life’s challenges, regardless of their faith perspective. They are based in West Springfield along with Worcester. Provide mental health counseling for individuals, couples, and families.

Lexus Phillips: Holyoke Boys and Girls Club

Looking to come out to agencies and speak with youth & adults about writing and the spoken word.  Currently, she is doing a creative writing class at Boys and Girls club for 6-8th grade. It is an 8 week long program in creative writing and spoken word.  Poetry program will be doing an art show coming up.    They have basketball at the club on Tuesdays/Wednesdays and HISET 2 days a week. After school program; K-7.

Contact Lexus Phillips at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  1 Saturday per month for Teens.

Yessenia Sanchez: BMC

New program for 65 and over; mass health or Medicare.  They will provide transportation to appointment through a private company. BMC has a new program that is focused on seniors 65 and older that have Medicare. Contact if you are interested. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michael 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.  They are looking for facilitators, please reach out to Mike. Fundraising efforts on website and will be having one next week at JP’S proceeds go to Providence Ministries.

Chakai Duany: United Way of Pioneer Valley

They are starting their Resident Leadership Program for ages 16 and up on 5/9/18.  It is a program designed to provide tools and techniques to develop and enhance leadership skills of anyone interested in building a stronger neighborhood community.

Freddy Dejesus: Gandara Center

They are at 80 Commercial Street in Holyoke and have combined with their Springfield Office. They offer therapeutic mentoring, family support, and run parent support group.  Freddy left his cards.  Event on 2/20 from 12pm-2pm, offering lunch.  Will send out digital referral through Ed.

Leah Barack: The Nutrition Center

Offer nutritional counseling for youth/adults on grant funded programs.

Ahyeong Park: St Paul’s Church

Literacy program for homeless mothers and children.  Lessons for mothers to learn to teach children.  The program is a six week program held on Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm; they provide transportation to and from shelters.

St. Paul’s holds a veternas lunch every Thursday, from 12pm to 1:30pm.  Veterans have an opportunity to meet other veterans and other folks from the community.

Officer Lopez: Holyoke Police Department

Code enforcement work with board of health.  Left information to contact him if people notice code violations in apartments.

Basketball Championships: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke 2/16/18                      2:20pm - 2:25pm

Old Business / New Business

  • Next Meeting is Thursday, March 8th 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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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

 
Date:   March 8, 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        

Update from John       McCarthy (USCIS)                                                                 1:05pm - 1:20pm

Ed introduced John, John gave a brief overview of USCIS and its development. He stated that they were formally known as INS and disbanded in 2003 to form three separate branches known as Custom and Border Patrol (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). John continued to say that USCIS was created to support legal immigration and does not have any law enforcement role. He passed around informational flyer explaining USCIS community outreach presentations offered at no cost.

The mission of USCIS is to strive to secure America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to customers, promoting awareness and understanding of citizenship rights and responsibilities, and making adjudication decisions in a consistent and accurate manner that furthers the goals and integrity of our nation’s immigration system.

John continued to talk about how he is trying to network with other community based organizations and get information out regarding USCIS. John directed agencies to their website www.uscis.gov for benefits available on immigration services.

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

Antonio Padilla: Holyoke District Court Probation/Holyoke Boys and Girls Club (Young Marines)

Antonio reported that Veterans Treatment Court is still running and doing well.  

Parent information session was over the weekend for Young Marines. They will have new start date of next Thursday based on snow and schools being delayed. It will be a 52 hour program with first aid by AMR and PT education. Graduation will be on June 8th or June 15th. Basketball academy 3/26, Elms College coaches along with spoken word/coding from Hoyoke Community College professors.

Caroline Palmer: DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps

Looking for site partners to host members to volunteer about 1,700 hours, the cost to sites is roughly $9,000 to host one AmeriCorps member for a 10-month term at the site.. DIAL/SELF is also looking for applicabts for membership into the DIAL/SELF program. 

James Maloney: Gandara/Hope for Holyoke

Recovery Coach with Gandara. Assists others in health recovery and are accepting referrals.

James Biscoe: Cleanslate

They recently hired a care coordinator and are looking to hire more at their site in Springfield.

Allison Proctor: Springfield DHHS

Public Health Council voted for syringe access in Springfield.

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 secured office space at Career point for Roca Holyoke. Guys are showing up and program is doing well. They are currently looking for a ‘Young Mothers’ youth worker, email will be sent out through Ed.

Israel Rivera: One Holyoke CDC

Looking to host a family movie nigh once per month. Recently bought the Portuguese American Club and are looking to make it into a community center in the Flats.

Albert Park: HRH413

Received funding February 1st and are organizing peer led syringe access teams. Currently in need of meeting space. Can offer training/consultation for harm reduction. Looking to do a one-time four hour event.

Deb Flynn-Gonzalez: Gandara/Hope for Holyoke

Peer recovery support for Western Ma. Debbie passed around March calendar. Programs are run by peers in relapse prevention and learning to have fun in recovery. Open mikes third Saturday of the month 7-10pm; Recovery Jam Friday 2-4pm.

Mariliyn Nunez: MSPCC

CSTAR program for 21 and under victims of sexual abuse. Offer in home therapy and outreach. Hiring for outpatient therapist.

Deidre Murphy: MSPCC

Deidre is the outreach coordinator and offers programs for parents under the age of 24. All programs are free and passed around newsletter for Holyoke Healthy Families/Teen Parenting Program. They offer Healthy Cooking, Resume Building, Harvest Group, and Make Reading time Fun. Currently looking for home visitor positions; bachelors’ degree and bi-lingual preferred.

Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library

Upcoming event on 4/18, will send out flyer; Health and Taste Food group.

Sandy Ward: Friends of the Holyoke Public Library

Sandy passed around flyer for Mini Golf in the Library on 4/6 and 4/7. Friday, 4/6/ 6:30-9:30pm, $20 “Swing into Spring” Cocktail Party/Mini Golf 21 and over. Saturday, 4/7, Mini Golf for all ages 9:30 -3:30pm. Team tournament for pre-registered teams of 4. Shotgun start, 9am Saturday; Compete for Prizes and bragging rights. For more information: www.holyokelibrary.org/aboutfriendsgolf.asp.

Event is also a fundraiser for the Holyoke Public Library, which will be open Saturday 8:30am-4pm. Proceeds from sponsorships (hole sponsors, event sponsors); ticket and auction sales will support library services, especially for children and young adults.

Rodney Allen: Cross Point Clinical Services

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 will hold a Pastors’ Luncheon on 3/22/18 at 12pm; ‘Anger, Judgment and the Christian Man’.

They are looking to expand into Holyoke area including renting space.

Cross Point Clinical Services (413) 732-7677 www.crosspointclinical.org

Laura Banks: RVCC

Sexual Health educator interested in coming to organization to teach high school aged youth.

Christine Alger: River Valley Counselling / HPS / Holyoke Youth Task Force

Youth Development Voices Curriculum through social justice. Can come out to agencies to teach ages 15-19. Works at connections at Holyoke High School 4 days per week. They have academic, homework help, clubs, hot dinner, and bus ride home. Safe place for youth.

Holyoke Youth Task Force looking to recruit additional health.

Maria Pelchar: Holyoke Fire Department

Reminded agencies to reach out to Fire Department if they need assistance. They also provide fire safety programs, smoke alarms, and car seat installation.

Tamara Gheit: Viability / Odessey House

Part of Odyssey House and provide employment for those with substance/mental health history along with other job readiness skills.

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

Chakai Duany: Wayfinders

They have scheduled 4 clean ups in Holyoke starting on 4/28/18 (Chestnutt St) and proceeding 1x per month culminating on July 8th in South Holyoke. She will generate flyer and send to Ed. They are in need of volunteers.

Jharikem Borreno: Nuestras Raices

New farmer training program staring tomorrow, 3/9/18 from 5-7pm. Next Friday, 3/16, second session, 5-7pm.

Ed: Back to School Event has been confirmed for 8/18/18 at McNally Field from 2-8pm.

Old Business / New Business

Mark Your Calendars: Back to School Event 8/18/18 2pm to 6pm McNally Field

Next Meeting is Thursday, April 12th 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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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

Date:   January 11, 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        

Aimee Funk and Milissa Daniels HCC Jump Start Program / Workforce Trainings  1:05pm - 1:20pm

Sara Schmidt introduced Deborah and Milissa of HCC to talk about the Jump Start Program.  Deb informed the group that program offers many different certifications for those that have an open transitional assistance case.  Typically, program is 6-8 weeks in areas such as nursing assistance, Pharmacy Technician, Culinary, along with educational services.  They work with families and have a need for more daycare assistance.

Milissa continued to speak on the workforce training programs through SNAP benefits.  Overall it is a job readiness program of where you would be working with someone outside of the training programs.  They have a new grant funded program at no cost to participants with a WIOA voucher.  It is 180 hors training program for a career in the restaurant, food service and hospitality industry.

Kermit Dunkelberg, Assistant Vice president for Adult Basic Education and Workforce Development stated that they will be offering a new program in July for a career as a medical assistant.  They are working with many counties and employment agencies such as REB to create and ‘Learn to Earn Program’.  The end goal of HCC for everyone to get a job.

Sara informed everyone if they were looking for more information visit HCC.EDU or Facebook HCC adult learning program, in the areas of adult learning and business.  People can also visit her staff at Picknelly center to get connected to HCC resources.

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

Antonio Padilla: Holyoke District Court Probation/Boys and Girls Club of Holyoke

Young Marine program will be starting in January and focusing on ages 8-18.  Interested applicants will be screened for acceptance to program through interviews with youth and parents.  Headquarters will be at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club.  They have just partnered with AMR and Baystate to offer a CPR and First Aid training.

Chakai Duany/Mel Antuna: Wayfinders

They are starting their Resident Leadership Program for ages 16 and up on 5/9/18.  Will send digital flyer to Ed Caisse to distribute. 3 Kings Celebration will be 1/12/18 at Lawrence School from 6:30-8pm.

Giovanna Randazszo: Massachusetts Fair Housing Center

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. Offering a Fair Housing Tester training on 2/10 for 3 hrs and volunteers has opportunity to make up to $75,

Yessenia Sanchez: BMC

New program for 65 and over; masshealth or medicare.  They will provide transportation to appointment through a private company.

Khalil Rodriguez: Vanguard Movement

Khalil stated that they just secured a location at 401 Main Street in Holyoke for the Vanguards.  Recently started a men’s group with a harm reduction approach.  They are one of the only ‘Pro Gang’ agencies around. He continued to say that they view a gang as a tribe and they attempt to mediate issues between gangs.

Israel Rivera: 1 Holyoke CDC

Israel stated that there community dinner was a success on 12/6/17.  They served upwards of 350 people and special thanks to the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, and RVCC.  1 Holyoke just closed on the Portuguese American Club. Their hope is to use as a community center or rent out space.  He is looking to do a movie night monthly but is looking how to deal with expense.

Gabriel Quaglla: Tapestry Syringe Access

Syringe access program in Holyoke, Greenfield and North Adams.  Open from 8-4pm and provide Narcan training along with dissemination.  They have a syringe hotline to report and they will go out and pick up.  He also talked about an uptick in sexually transmitted diseases and provided testing to the community.

Michael 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.  Michael stated that there Christmas drive was a success and they were able to give out many toys to the community.

Jen Moulton: United Way

Stated that you could visit website at UWPV.org to view basic needs grants.

Pat Duffy: Rep. Vega’s Office

Pat asked if any agencies had issues with resident who have arrived from Puerto Rico.  Deb stated that she has had problems getting someone enrolled through her programing at HCC.  Sara talked about the numbers in the ESOL classes that have created waiting lists with limited funding.  Mel stated that Wayfinders have identified that most need a stable home before they can proceed.  Pat stated that she will forward concerns along to Rep. Vega.

Sarah Schmidt: Gill Technology Center/HCC

Sarah talked about the strategic planning process and inviting community and new students to HCC.

Kermit Dunkelberg: Assistant Vice President HCC

Kermit talked about the partnership with Hampden County Sheriff’s Dept. in offering programs for re-entry.

Miguel Arce: Springfield College

Acknowledged the work of the HSNI and ability to provide forum for agencies to give updates.

Sandy Ward: Holyoke Public Library

Announced the return of their Mini Golf fundraiser for the weekend of 4/6/18 with a team tournament on 4/7/18.  Children under the age of 5 can play for free.  They will have a full 18 hole course throughout the library.  Sandy talked about her work in terms of providing education to families on funeral expenses. 

Sandy is also a volunteer representing the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Mass which can be reached at the link below:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.funeralconsumerswmass.org_&d=DwIFaQ&c=lDF7oMaPKXpkYvev9V-fVahWL0QWnGCCAfCDz1Bns_w&r=EfIfhC4kTXl0FggdHw1jE2qNvv-jpVE6OZG-EVXhrYA&m=zoErcKBa54NbF0gA-ta41LI7uATM1b1HA4miHMERykU&s=tGQN2K2Rm0iD_IEq7AoeIOLB_EolCTdw6vNVd8Nh6nY&e=

 Sandy also provided information for the model railroad exhibit on 1/27 & 1/28 at the Big E.

Sage Inglis: Treehouse, Heroes Youth Leadership Project

Program for anyone that lives in foster care 14 and above.  They will teach them life skills/arts and crafts/ and create a family atmosphere for them.

Laura Banks, River valley counseling center:

8 module curriculum for ages 15-19 in sex education.  She has been to local high schools and career centers and would be willing to come out to agencies.

Liz Whynott: Tapestry Syringe Access

She explained Tapestry’s initiative to give out portable Sharps boxes to those who use needles, in an effort to reduce the number of used needles being discarded on the ground. She also talked about some of the diseases associated with sharing of needles, (i.e. HIV, Hepatitis C), as well as the risk of using needles to inject drugs. She advised that a large majority of drug overdoses are due to IV use. Liz also advised that Tapestry has noticed an uptick in Hepatitis C for the ages between 18-25.  She is looking to work with Springfield and recently gave presentation based on the preventative measures that Tapestry offers opposed to cities that don’t have same resources.

Luis Arzolo: CHD

1/27/18 from 1-3pm at the Springfield Public Library they will be doing presentation to those families involved with DCF.  Luis is the employment and career coaching specialist at CHD.  They are located at 184 Mill St to rent or collaborate.  Issues with some Puerto Rican arrivals in that the shelters are full and being able to fund hotels. Urged agencies to reach out and collaborate This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tamara Ghiet: Odyssey House/Viability

They are a transitional program that can help reintegrate into workforce. They are looking for new staff in their housing department. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kim Colwell: Girls Inc. of Holyoke (elementary)

Academic based afterschool program for girls ages 5-17 concentrating on growth, education, and independence.

Brandy Wilson: Girls Inc. of Holyoke (teen)

Open to 13 and over for afterschool program.  Participants need to be dropped off and staff will bring home.

Mikee Guzman: Valley Opurtunity Council

They are located in Chicopee and Holyoke. Their programs include WIC and fuel assistance. They have programs for teens and young adults, programs involving schooling and adult education, a senior companion program, and child care. You can contact them through their Website or Facebook page.   Four levels of ESL classes and still have some space available.

Laura Farnsworth: MSPCC

Looking for 14-24 parents to engage in young parenting program.

Sgt. Hart: Holyoke Police Department

Sgt. Hart mentioned the Moblie Community Policing and encouraged agency representatives to come out with they have their MCP assignments in the community.

Dori Digenti: Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness

Dori Offers yoga, mindfulness meditation, and related events to Holyoke and surrounding communities. They are dedicated to connecting with others to support the vibrant health of body, mind, and spirit. Non-profit studio, where Tuesday classes are by donation.

Spanish speaking yoga instructor is needed. Breathing Space is located at: STEAM Building 208 Race Street Suite 301 Holyoke. 413-437-0747. Online at: breathingspaceholyoke.com

Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library

Rachel passed around January calendar for the programing in the teen room. 

 

Winter All-Star Game: Basketball Hall of Fame, January 22nd from 5pm to 9pm            2:20pm - 2:25pm

Old Business / New Business

Next Meeting is Thursday, February 8th 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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