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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative Meeting Notes   Date:   September 13, 2018 Time:   1:00pm to 2:30pm Place:   Holyoke Public Library Mission Statement: The Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative is a partnership between local, state & federal law enforcement; city & state government; civic & human...
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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

 
Date:   September 13, 2018

Time:   1:00pm to 2:30pm

Place:   Holyoke Public Library

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

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

Seneida Torres: A Better Life Homecare                               1:05pm - 1:20pm

Seneida talked about the history of Better Life Homecare since their origin in 2014. They are a Medicare and Medicaid certified home health agency serving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Better Life offers personal care (PCA) services and Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC) to those that are eligible through MassHealth. They offer many medical services including: RN/LPN, Physical Therapy, Nurse Med, Diabetes Management, Psychiatric Nursing, Coumadin Management, In Home Blood draws, and Wound Care. Non-Medical services include: Personal Care, Homemaking and Errands, Companion Care, Respite and Transportation.   A client may be referred to a Better Life Homecare by their physician, hospitals, nursing homes, insurance companies, caregivers, family as well as self-referral. Contact info: (413) 285-5929 or (413) 209-8866. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Operate 7 days a week 24 hours a day.

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

Jesus Pereira: Veteran Services

Director of veteran services in Holyoke and deals with Chapter 115. Can help with housing and other areas of support. Contact him at (413) 322-563 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sarah Schmidt/Shannon Sarkisian: Picknelly/HCC

Sara talked about some of the programs currently being offered which are free of charge at the Picknelly Center:

Pre College level classes, Transition to college, Computer literacy, College and Career exploration. Thanked everyone for the amount of referrals she has received from this meeting. They are recruiting for all levels of classes.

Shannon stated that they anticipate openings for their Health Worker classes based on new grant they have received for the spring cohort.

Miguel Arce: Springfield College

Referenced article in El Sol Latino newsletter summarizing the efforts of the HCSD and HSNI partners in last month’s back to school event.

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

They are operating on a 25 year grant through headstart under the Department of Education. They provide opportunities at no cost for families with young children living in Holyoke or Chicopee. Through the collaboration and involvement of many community agencies their programming supports children 0-8years old. Talked about Baby & Me group for newborn to 2 years. It will be every Friday starting 9/7 at the Holyoke Public Library from 10-11:30am. Call Maritza to register (413) 536-0363 x5643.

Sarah Pennington: MSPCC

Sarah talked about the survivor services offered by MSPCC to individuals, families and the community to promote recognition, understanding and recovery from the impact of traumatic victimization. She passed around Pop Culture flyer that explores heroines in popular movies, TV shows, and books who cope with trauma. Wednesday evenings 5-6:30pm 9/19-11/7. They also have Caregiver Support Group for caretakers of children that are survivor of sexual abuse or assault. Wednesday mornings 9-10am 9/19-11/7.

Iohann Vega: Gandara

Iohann gave brief overview of the many services Gandara offers on Race Street in Holyoke surrounding computer literacy and technology. He continued to say that they are developing young people to grow professionally in the field of journalism and media literacy through program called Radio Plasma. Recently, the local cable station partnered with them to air their podcasts. He continued to say that this will provide kids to with more opportunity to promote things that are happening in Holyoke.

Alice Buckner: Westover Job Corp

Alice talked about the reorganization of Westover and process of losing 46 staff. New staff will have a pre-requisite of Bachelor’s degree or higher.   Spoke about the local career centers not being accessible on line by topic. Try to give feedback to add agencies. 10/18, revitalize 10 homes in Holyoke in 1 day. Need approximately 300 volunteers. 9/21, International Peace Day; promoting violence prevention looking for speakers.

Lisa Brecher: Gandara

They have 52 posted employment opportunities within Gandara. www.gandaracenter.org they have a need for bilingual staff. They will be going to Puerto Rico to recruit and offer stipends for transportation and/or relocation (housing).

Nelson Roman: Ward 2 City Councilor/ Nueva Esperanza

Nelson referenced the El Sol Latino newsletter and up and coming dates in September/October:
September 15th: Pineapple Diaries is a 120 minute workshop

September 16th: Springfield PR Parade

September 21st: 150th anniversary Grito De Lares

September 23rd: Roberto Clemente Softball Tournament

September 29th: Jurakan: Nacion En Resistencia

October 3rd: Magdalena Gomez

October 8th: Trino Remembrance Day

October 12-14th: Dancing on my Cockroach Killers

October 15th: Martin Espada

Rondey Allen: Cross point

Christian counseling center. Client centered capable or serving that are not in the faith. They accept insurance and run groups utilizing CB tools. They facilitate three groups: Anger Management, A Woman of Moderation, and Saving Marriage before it starts.

They also are trying to bridge gap between mental health field and faith community.

They are looking to expand into Holyoke area.

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

Bishop Neil Boyd: NAMI

Stop the Stigma Bingo Night: Friday, September 14th 5-8pm at Raymour and Flanigan 665 Boston Road Springfield. Passed around flyer for Kenya Foreign Missions to sponsor their children’s choir (30) coming to Springfield.   When you buy a bag of Coffee or Tea, half of the proceeds earned will go to help their travel expenses.

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

The Garden is a program of Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice providing support for grieving young people and their families. IT’s a place to talk about loss. IN addition, parents and guardians learn how to help children through their grief. Intake for those 5-18 that have experienced loss. In need of adult volunteers. Looking to organize event on Thursday, 11/1 from 4-6 pm at the Holyoke Public Library; Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead. RSVP (413) 582-5312

Clementine Lazar: Tapestry Health

Covers most of Western Massachusetts: Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties. www.tapestry.org

Glorimar Irizarry: Holyoke Health Center

Launched new website: www.hhcinc.org. Have posters for agencies that are interested. Stop by office at 230 Maple St in Holyoke.

Rachel Dowd: Holyoke Public Library

Passed around Teen Room Program Calendar for September/October.

Deidre Murphy: MSPCC

Deidre is the outreach coordinator and offers programs for parents under the age of 24. All programs are free and they will be sponsoring Michael Ramos, fatherhood Initiative Coordinator for the Children’s Trust. He will lead a free training for providers on how to identify the roadblocks in your agency that prevent fatherhood engagement, establishing best practices onto include fathers, and the benefits of doing so. Join them on Tuesday, September 25th, from 12-2pm at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut St. This is the first of six free local trainings held by the Fathers and Family Network.  Questions, contact Deidre Murphy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . RSVP at HTTPS://Fathersmatter.eventbrite.com

Marilyn Nunez: MSPCC

Offer in home therapy and outreach and are accepting referrals. Hiring for therapeutic mentor.

Helena Dixon: Valley Opportunity Council (VOC)

Valley opportunity council adult education: referrals for older students, high-set, English as a second language. There is a new class that is focused on people who have a GED, high-set or a diploma who want to work on reading, math, and writing in order to brush up on those points before going to college. Passed around flyer and talked about the many grants they have received to offer classes at various times in many different areas of study. Class is Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:30am-1ppm at VOC.

Maria Flores: Salvation Army

Working with Food bank of Western Mass on Tuesday, 9/25 from 11 to 12.

Kathy Anderson: Holyoke Medical Center

She is Community Benefits Manager and she is 11 days into her new role. She is on the board of Salvation Army, she mentioned identifying folks that could ring the bell for Salvation Army. Kathy mentioned her role at the medical center is looking at challenges in the community and bringing services to the community around childhood obesity, teen pregnancy and education. She mentioned that they hold community dinners on the 4th Thursday of the month, which have capacity for approximately 80 community residents. The last dinner was her first one and it was wonderful. Holyoke Medical Center will be holding a Free flu clinic on 10/20.

Migdalia Rivera: Caregiver Homes

10/3 they will be offering training at Springfield Public Library. Suicide between the ages of 12-34 is the leading cause of death. Offering training to have information to bring hope to people who are thinking of suicide.

Asnage Custelly: STCC

Only technical school in area. Passed around flyers for free programs: 9/19 at 11:15am presents Kaila Mullady (2105 World Beat box Champion) at the Scibelli Hall Theater on STCC Campus. Career Fair on 9/26 from 11am to 2pm at STCC.

Akala Chaires: Womanshelter Companeras

Looking to make contacts through meeting along with referrals.

Mike Moriarity: 1 Holyoke CDC

Hiring resident service coordinator along with book keeper. Bachelor degree preferred along with licensure. Will be at Raymour and Flanigan with a fund raising event called Drink and Draw hosted by Umass Professor. Mike spoke about the Chronic Absentism, which is a sign of not having academic success. He mentioned that Septembe is Attendance Awareness Month, which is a national effort.

Officer Romero: Holyoke Police Department

New community elder service officers after his role as SRO for 24 years.   Today is his 3rd day in his new role.

Abimalec Martinez Cortez: AIC

Hosting a fund raising event on 10/20 for relief from Hurricane Urma and Maria. event for Puerto Rico from 4-7pm. Looking for vendors for event for mental health, employment, etc, there is a vendor fee of $25.

Melany Mendoza: Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mentioned that the Mass Mentoring Partnership has a full-time lobbyist at the state house to lobby to support young people, especially around relationships. Mass Mentoring support community organizations and youth development programs and hold a quarterly meeting, the next meeting is scheduled for 10/10, encourage agnecies to provide their email if they wanted to be added to that distribution list.

Melvin Malave: ROCA Holyoke

They are accepting referrals, and they work all over western MA, with new Holyoke location on High St. They are currently accepting both men and women (SPFLD). The young mothers program is based out of Springfield, 29 School Street. ROCA is working on new grant to work with Young Mothers in Holyoke. Recently had grand opening on 7/24 at High St and thanks to everyone for their support. Guys are showing up and program is doing well. They offer wrap around services, education, and transitional employment, for those involved in criminal justice system.

Ana Jaramillo: Holyoke Health Center

Informed folks they can refer folks to the Holyoke Heath Center that are in need of services. They provide services for folks with Masshealth. They have both a dental department and orthodontis department. They work with kids with behavioral health issues. They also provide services for eye care and for children needing glasses, they do except MassHealth for this service as well.

Ana spoke about Let’s Move Holyoke 5210, which helps educate the community on healthier lifestyle tips around wellness, healthy eating and physical activities, along with behavioral change program, which is all FREE.

James Maloney: Hope for Holyoke

Recovery month taking place in September and have been extremely busy. In honor of Recovery Month and Puerto Rican Culture, Hope for Holyoke and Gandara will be marching in Springfield’s Puerto Rican day Parade with a float celebrating recovery. Passed around Hope for Holyoke programming schedule for September. 9/28 is Holyoke Recovery Day. They will be hosting a Recovery March and Celebration starting at Heritage State Park, Appleton St and marching to Veterans Park, Dwight St from 12-5pm. Mayor Alex Morse will be in attendance and will offer proclamation for Recovery Day. Live music and Dance.

Veronica Garcia: WGBY

Stated they will be airing a program on 9/20 at 8pm will broadcast a special, which will be an update as to where Puerto Rico is after Hurricane Maria. Also mentioned that they are looking to host folks from the community for taping at WGBY TV for a 7:30am to 8am slot.

Old Business / New Business

          Back to School Event 8/18/18: Ed thanked everyone that assisted in the back to school event.

          J.J. Barea Event 9/7/18: Ed thanked the Basketball Hall of Fame and State Rep. Aaron Vega for bringing            J.J. Barea and Coach Carlisle to the Holyoke High School.

          Next Meeting is Thursday, October 11th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library

Close Meeting                                                                           2:30pm

Contact Information:

Edward Caisse

Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

 
Date:   August 9, 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        

President of NAMI Western Mass, Bishop Neal Boyd                                                   1:05pm - 1:20pm

Bishop Boyd talked about the many people throughout history that have suffered from mental illness. The mission of NAMI is to improve the lives of individuals living with mental illness and their families. They serve Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties through education, advocacy and support. They run support groups out of their Agawam location (324A Springfield St) for individuals and families from 8:30am-3pm. All programs are offered at no cost to the public. 1 in 5 people are affected with a mental health condition and they welcome everyone to join and participate in their organization. Their goal is reach every organization and community in Western MA. They have many volunteer opportunities including in office, event planning, fundraising and more. They are also in need of interns. NAMI’S annual events are a fundraising opportunity for volunteers on their IRIS Project and Annual Walkathon. The funds received are critical to keeping office open.

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

Antonio Padilla: Holyoke Probation/Young Marines

Antonio talked about the Young Marines program and possible start date for boot camp of 9/6/18 or 9/13/18. They have approximately 20 enrolled and will cap enrollment at 30. They are looking for those between the ages of 8-17. They recently partnered with Baystate hospital on their mass casualty training of where they created a chemical spill scenario. Youth were able to participate in scenario and observe debrief with staff as they were critiqued in their response.

Seneida Torres: A Better Life Home Care

She organizes a vendor fairs and is looking for vendors to set up tables, she is looking for more locations throughout Western Ma. They service those of mixed ages, 22 years and older for their PCA program and 18 and over for their Skilled nursing program with personal care, homemaking, respite, and transportation.

Ana Jemiolo: Senior Care Options

Works as a nurse and 90% of patients that she works with are from Holyoke. Happy to be present at meeting and looking to network and find more resources.

Herman Wilkerson: AIC

Works in admissions at AIC and appreciates opportunity to attend meeting and network with other agencies. Talked about his upbringing in urban area and having the ability to offer those life options to those from similar backgrounds. He will be focusing outreach in Holyoke/Springfield area.

Miguel Arce: Springfield College

Miguel talked about having the same mission that Herman talked about from AIC. He is encouraged by the many agencies in attendance and finds it to be an honor to be amongst heroes.

Yingfeng Wang/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. HISET classes are Tuesday-Thursday 9:30-1pm and bridge to college is 5:30-8:45pm. They are free and they also have employment opportunities.

Christine Murphy: Paulo Friere Social Charter School

She is the new director of curriculum and is looking to enroll for all grades 9-12.

Sarah Pennington: MSPCC

Sarah talked about the survivor services offered by MSPCC to individuals, families and the community to promote recognition, understanding and recovery from the impact of traumatic victimization. She passed around Pop Culture flyer that explores heroines in popular movies, TV shows, and books who cope with trauma. Wednesday evenings 5-6:30pm 9/19-11/7. They also have Caregiver Support Group for caretakers of children that are survivor of sexual abuse or assault. Wednesday mornings 9-10am 9/19-11/7.

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

They are operating on a 25 year grant through headstart under the Department of Education. They provide opportunities at no cost for families with young children living in Holyoke or Chicopee. Through the collaboration and involvement of many community agencies their programming supports children 0-8years old. Talked about Baby & Me group for newborn to 2 years. It will be every Friday starting 9/7 at the Holyoke Public Library from 10-11:30am. Call Maritza to register (413) 536-0363 x5643.

Mariliyn Nunez: MSPCC

Offer in home therapy and outreach and are accepting referrals. Hiring for therapeutic mentor.

Nelson Roman: Ward 2 City Councilor/Executive Director Nueva Esperanza

Hiring a Community Engagement Specialist Part Time.

Summer Movie Series: Wednesday, 8/8 @ 6:30 Pina Park

                                    Wednesday, 8/15 @ 6:30 Carlos Vega Park

                                    Wednesday, 8/22 @ 6:30 Community Field

Cuyo will sell candy and soda. Free popcorn and snow cones provided by Holyoke Parks and Rec.

Greet the Children, Tuesday August 28th. To register your school contact Nelson Roman (413) 437-7666. Breakfast served at Nueva Esperanza 6-6:30.

Taste of South Holyoke, 9/22. Deadline to register for table is 8/15.

25th Anniversary of Roberto Clemente. One Holyoke CDC/Nueva Esperanza will by hosting a charity event softball tournament at McNally Field on 8/11.

Unveiling of mural at 12pm 213 Main St.

Laura Banks: River Valley Counceling Center

Sexual Health educator interested in coming to organization to teach high school aged youth. They will be hiring for a part time position Spanish speaking preferred for sexual health/social justice. Looking for applicants contact Laura Banks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Melvin Malave: ROCA Holyoke

They are accepting referrals, and they work all over western MA. They are currently accepting both men and women (SPFLD). The young mothers program is based out of Springfield, 29 School Street. ROCA is working on new grant to work with Young Mothers in Holyoke. Recently had grand opening on 7/24 at High St and thanks to everyone for their support. Guys are showing up and program is doing well.

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

The Garden is a program of Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice providing support for grieving young people and their families. IT’s a place to talk about loss. IN addition, parents and guardians learn how to help children through their grief. Intake for those 5-18 that have experienced loss. In need of adult volunteers. Looking to organize event on Thursday, 11/1 from 4-6 pm at the Holyoke Public Library; Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead. RSVP (413) 582-5312

Shannon Sarkisian/Katalina Melendez: HCC/Gill Technology

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

Talked about Community Health Worker grant that is offered at HCC and it being full. Can apply for financial aid to open up a slot.   Above the age of 60, can apply for senior waiver at all community colleges.

Felicita Lopez/Janet Crespo: New Horizons

They will be closing office on Maple Street and working out of home. Youth Ambassador Program going to Dominican Republic.   They are also working with families from Puerto Rico. Janet talked about event on 10/20 from 12p-4pm at Lawrence School.

Diedre Murphy: MSPCC

Deidre is the outreach coordinator and offers programs for parents under the age of 24. All programs are free and introduced new prevention director, Nancy Rek. Family and Family Network 6 session workshop from October-April at Library. Gathering of providers, law enforcement, needs collaboration with community to assist. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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. Legislative event on 9/13 from 10am-1pm at Holyoke Office.

Laura Soderbaum: Holyoke Housing Authority

Introduced Vivian Rodriguez and talked about first time homebuyer’s event on 9/12, 6-8. Anyone looking to buy a house get certificate can get up to $5000 from CDB grant.

Fred Dejesus: Gandara

Back to School bash on 8/22 from 12p-4pm at Kenefick Park in Springfield. To register for the basketball tournament, please contact or visit the Impact Center at 41 Taylor St in Springfield. (413) 654-1566. Event is for the entire family but the tournament is for youth and young adults ages 16-21.

Simon Elliot: Mass Fair Housing Center

Concentrate on issues surrounding housing discrimination. Focus on Section 8 voucher and tenant rights. Their housing attorney is working with those arriving from Puerto Rico that has been denied housing. 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.

Simon talked about signing up to become a fair housing tester and earning up to $75.

Epi Arias: Lighthouse

Enrollment is almost full. Still accepting students for fall. Going on 3rd year, mission is to support young people in discovering and creating their best possible selves.

Andrew Cayward: DCF

Andrew talked about the systemic crisis in terms of foster care. Looking for more volunteers to assist and become foster parent to create stable placement for youth coming out of a bad environment. Can contact DCF if interested.

Megan: Foodbank

Trying to provide SNAP outreach to Western, MA and AISS along with HCC and STCC and other area colleges for students that qualifies. 9/30 event in Hatfield; Bike for Food. Choose from 10, 25, 50, or 100 mile route throughout the beautiful Pioneer Valley.   Can ride as an individual or start a team with your friends, family or co-workers. Online registration by 9/28 at 12pm. Foodbankwma.org

Mike Moriarity: One Holyoke CDC

Hosts mobile foodbank tomorrow at 1pm. Talked about his work with the Early Literacy Campaign for 3rd graders.   Holyoke has the worst outcomes in MA. They are measuring effects of early childhood development and children have been negatively impacted. Presently 80% of those enrolled in kindergarten attended preschool.

Nathaniel Davis: VA

9/20, from 12-1:30, will be having veterans lunch for those and their families at 485 Appleton Street.

Rondey Allen: Cross Point Clinical Services

Cross Point is a christian counseling center. Client centered capable or serving clients that are not in the faith. They accept insurance and run groups utilizing CB tools. They facilitate three groups: Anger Management, A Woman of Moderation, and Saving Marriage before it starts.

They also are trying to bridge gap between mental health field and faith community.

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

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

Sgt Joe Garcia: Holyoke Police Department

They are continuing to work with schools and stop issues before they develop.

Old Business / New Business

  • Next Meeting is Thursday, September 13th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library
  • Fill backpacks with supplies: Holyoke School Dept. Central Supply, 728 Main St., 2nd Floor, Tuesday, August 14th from 9am to 1pm.
  • Back to School Event: Saturday, August 18th 2pm to 6pm McNally Field
  • Anyone looking to volunteer, please send Melany Mendoza an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 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 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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If you have youth in the Holyoke Public Schools or you service them in any of the programs you run, please help us encourage each of them to strive for less than 5 days absent this entire school year.

Can we as a community join together to come up with some creative prizes and awards around attendance this year, which can be an incentive for the youth.

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