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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Agenda

 
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

They work with those 65 or older that live at home and make sure they are safe. It is a no cost program through MassHealth Standard. They provide a Care Team that works with you to develop a personalized care plan.   Contact Sylvia Ruiz at (508) 368-9364 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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..

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

Simon talked about signing up to become a fair housing tester and can earn up to $75. For more details contact Simon Elliott at (413) 539-9796 x112 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Contact Information:

Edward Caisse

Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

 
Date:   June 14, 2018

Time:   1:00pm to 2:30pm

Place:   Holyoke Public Library

Mission Statement: The Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative is a partnership between local, state & federal law enforcement; city & state government; civic & human service organizations; faith based organizations; the business community; education providers; property managers; and residents coming together with a goal to create safe, healthy & economically viable neighborhoods through information sharing, identifying at-risk youth, referrals and community efforts in specific Holyoke neighborhoods.

Welcome & Introduction                                                                                     1:00pm - 1:05pm        

Brainstorming Session (LaTonia Naylor: Springfield College)                           1:05pm - 1:45pm

  • What do you or your agency see as top community needs?
  • What resources are available to meet those needs?
  • What organizations or programs are currently available to families?
  • What type of recruitment efforts does your agency practice?

What do you or your agency see as top community needs?

Not enough activities community/sports

Affordability

Transitional Housing

Foster Parents

Lack of safe places

Education around Mental Illness

Restorative Justice Programs

Trauma Informed Training

Mentors

Entry level jobs/Summer jobs

Not Enough Navigators

ESL Resources

Lock of Direction

Tutors

Engagement with Families

Lack of Funding

What resources are available to meet those needs?

These Meetings

RVCC Teen Clinics

Peck, Holyoke High North, Dean Campus

CFCE

Grants.gov/Americas Alliance

MA 211

Kick it Club (Free Sports Clinic)

Libraries

Gandara Center

Colleges: Faculty and Students

En Lace De Familias

Alliesinrecovery.net/Learn to Cope (parenting group)

Jessica Brodus

Family Resource Center

MSPCC

Healthcare news (newspaper)

Futureworks/Career Point

Recovery Coaching

Family Partners (BHN)

South Bay Community Services: Therepeutic Mentors

Kate’s Kitchen

YWCA

Providence Ministries

St Jude’s Clothing

Martha’s Pantry

Amherst College

Teen Library

What organizations or programs are currently under used by families?

STCC-CAS (center for accessing services)

Library

YWCA

CFCE

What type of Recruitment efforts does your agency practice?

Roca Holyoke

Social Media: Facebook

Block Parties for Resources

Websites/Press Releases

Resource Guide

Ed having a Contact list with HSNI

Canvassing

Networking face to face

Anyone can help

Social Media

MA Appeal

In reach to Schools

Provide resource bags to teachers

Newspaper

Agency Overview and Updates                                                         1:45pm - 2:20pm

Flor Diaz: VOC/WIC Holyoke/Chicopee

Valley opportunity Council offers many services around adult education: high-set and ESOL. They have other services such as fuel assistance and citizenship classes.

Andrew Batchelor: Mass Attorney General’s Office

Upcoming webinar series by the Community Engagement Division:

Worker’s Rights: 9/12/18 at10:30am

Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law

Identity Theft and Scam Prevention: 10/9/18 10:30am

Landlord-Tenant Rights: 8/8/18: 10:30am

Immigration Scam Prevention: 6/12/18 10:30am

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Peter Sylver: CHD/DYS

They provided re-entry services to youth and their families. Looking to gather more resources from meeting.

Silvia Ruiz: Fallon Navicare

Senior care options through Masshealth Standard. Offers personal care from your own care team.

https://www.fchp.org/find-insurance/navicare.aspx

Glorimar Irizarry/Bronwyn Murphy: Holyoke Health Center

They have drop boxes for expired medication and have separate area for syringes. Acupuncture clinic for pain management and/or substance abuse history. They are reaching out to local barber shops in Holyoke to provide contraception for patrons and education around testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Mayor’s Task Force: HASHPPAC has new website Youhavechoicesholyoke.com.

Neil Desroches: US Attorney’s Office

Neil stated that the US Attorney’s Office is committed to the community surrounding issues of public safety.

Marilyn Nunez: MSPCC

CSTAR program for 21 and under victims of sexual abuse. Offer in home therapy and outreach for those connected to a hub. They now have online referral process at MSPCC.com.

Shelly Bethe Lenn: The Garden: Center for Grieving Children and Teens

The Garden is a program of Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice providing support for grieving young people and their families. IT’s a place to talk about loss. IN addition, parents and guardians learn how to help children through their grief. Intake for those 5-18 that have experienced loss. In need of adult volunteers.

Brandy Wilson: Girls Inc

Brandy stated that they are currently recruiting 7th and 8th grade girls for their Eureka Program. Eureka is a five year journey for teenage girls, preparing them to participate and excel in cutting edge, dynamic STEM careers. They have a few slots left and first cohort of (5) will be graduating this year. Second cohort has (15) and thirst has (25). They are trying to get in to more schools to educate around sexual health in Springfield/Holyoke area. Sex Trafficking workshop Panel tonight at HCC: Mckittrick Center room 301/303 from 6-9pm. They will be creating ‘Bags of Hope’ containing essential items.

Laura Banks: RVCC

Sexual Health educator interested in coming to organization to teach high school aged youth. 9 week module curriculum for ages 12-19 in sex education. She has been to local high schools and career centers and would be willing to come out to agencies/organizations. Passed around flyer for Summer Health Education Series at the Library. It will be a free program every Friday starting 6/29-8/24, 1-3pm.

Mike Lewis: Providence Ministries

Michael explained that he is the Director of housing for Providence Ministries. They currently have 3 buildings for sober living and Peer Recovery. They are: Loreto House, Broderick House, and McCleary Manor. Applicant needs to be one year sober and be able to show stable income. Providence Ministries also has Kate’s kitchen of where they provide a community meal 7 days a week. Check out Providenceministires.org h

Trish Bonica: YWCA

They have a host of programs through YWCA and will have Gina and Aisha touch base on them as the program leaders. YMCA is currently hiring and looking to fill some positions starting between $14-$20 an hour. Trish passed around a job description.

Yhidda Ocasio: YWCA

They have a young parents support program for those 23 and over. Clients will be assigned a case manager who will do outreach and provide transportation.

Aisha Pizarro: YWCA

She is the director of the young teen residential program for those who experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. They have 2-3 bedroom units and very small wait list.

Sandy Ward: Friends of the Holyoke Library

Sandy passed around flyer for the Summer Teen Room Library Programs and for Lunch at the Library on 6/25 and 8/24 from 12-1:30pm.

Shanti Sponder: Southbay Community Services

Currently do not have wait list and services most of Hampden County. They are a community based behavioral health care organization offering a continuum of services including adult behavioral health, substance abuse counseling, children’s behavioral health, day services, autism services and early childhood service. Shanti passed around business card: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (413) 495-1500,

Andrea Bienvenue: STCC

Admissions counselor who assists in FAFSA applications.

James Biscoe: Cleanslate

They have been around since 2009 and focus on opiate/alcohol addiction. They have new medical director, no waiting list and have locations across the state; as well as Holyoke and Springfield. They have changed their call services and you will now be speaking with the office directly (413) 736-1468.

Luli Torres: Amherst Colleg3

She is volunteering with the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club through the Young Marine Program. She works at Amherst College and knows students would be interested in volunteering/mentor Holyoke youth.

Melany Mendoza: MASS Mentoring Partnership
They are based out of Boston but target area is Holyoke/Springfield. They provide training around professional development. They also can provide funding and scholarships.

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

Antonio reported on the recent graduation for the Young Marines program on June 9th from 11am-1pm at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club. He continued to talk about the journey that they have been on through various leadership roles and curriculum they have learned. Ages range from 8-17; boys and girls. Parents have been engaged in program and take active role in assisting with understanding and learning curriculum for their child. Instructors are comprised from various law enforcement agencies across Hampden County. Gave special thanks to Ed Caisse for doing the invocation and Luly Torres for providing food.

Next program starts in September and is only $125 for admission.

Senaida Torres: A better life homecare

They provide PCA and Nursing services for those with Masshealth. PCA works with those 22 and over from low income housing. Nurses work with those 18 and over from low income housing. They provided physical therapy, occupational therapy and behavioral health. They will be having event on 8/9/18 at the Chapin Center in Springfield from 4-6pm.

Melvin Malave: ROCA Holyoke

Roca has been working with young mother’s 17-24. They are accepting referrals, and they work all over western MA. They are currently accepting both men and women. The young mothers program is based out of Springfield, 29 School Street. They have recently opened at 384 High St.

Sophie Maki: Mass Fair Housing Center

Concentrate on issues surrounding housing discrimination. Offering free education and training about housing rights. Provide trainings for community groups, healthcare providers, tenants, landlords, property manager, realtors, first time homebuyers, newspapers and others.

Maria Pagan: Holyoke Public Library

Library will be starting their summer hours and will be open until 6 Monday-Friday and 4pm on Saturday/Sunday.

Julia Roberts: MSPCC

They have changed name to from CSTAR to Support Services. They work with children that are victims of sexual abuse.

Xandria Sotomeyor: Career Point

Resource for job readiness development and have office out of Dean Campus. They have 30 additional spots for their summer work program and HMC has been a great partner as they took 12 for their 5 week assignment. Need more sponsoring agencies.

Maritza Martinez: Holyoke Chicopee Family and Community Program (HCFCP)

They are operating on a 25 year grant through headstart under the Department of Education. They provide opportunities at no cost for families with young children living in Holyoke or Chicopee. Through the collaboration and involvement of many community agencies their programming supports children 0-8years old.


They will be having a Family Fun Day on 6/23/18 from 12-3pm at Heritage State Park.

Learning through Play Playgroup: Mondays, 10-11:30am at Chicopee Parks and Recreation Department.

Story time at McDonald’s: Tuesdays, 2:30-3:00pm at 285 Maple Street in Holyoke.

Read and Learn Together: Wednesdays, 10-11am at 250 Chestnut Street in Holyoke.

Ready for School Learning Group: Thursdays, 2-3pm at 206 Maple Street

Book Buddies: 10 week program to borrow a book which is delivered to home.

Date with Dad: Saturdays, 2-3pm, 6/2, 6/16, 6/30

Joe Krupczynski: Umass Amherst

Director for civic engagement for campus. Developing community based opportunities for students to work.

Old Business / New Business

Next Meeting is Thursday, July 12th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library

Close Meeting                                                                                                                              2:30pm

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 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:   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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