Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative
Date: February 13, 2020
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
Katherine Ramos: Enlace Family Resource Center Program Manager 1:05pm - 1:20pm
Located at 299 Main Street, Holyoke. A family resource center which provides services to children who have attendance issues, have been sexually exploited, exhibit behavioral needs runaways etc. Family will meet with a family support specialist to work through what challenges they are currently facing and then be referred to proper services. Will also meet with on-site clinician to see if mental health services are necessary. Any individuals who are referred to mental health services do get priority services. Also provide workshops for financial literacy, budgeting, parenting, cooking matters, etc. for family members and adults. Also provide nurturing fathers workshop which is a 14 week program on how to discipline properly, etc. Mom & Pop program is a co-parenting workshop (does not have to be biological parents) on how to properly co-parent in a healthy manner. All services are free, most services do not require a referral but referral can be beneficial if other services are in place order (DCF, other mental health services). Business cards / program pamphlets / newsletter available. 14 FRC located throughout state – can be referred to closest site if Holyoke is not the closest.
Agency Overview and Updates 1:20pm - 2:10pm
Helena Dixon: Valley Opportunity Council
Adult Education Program – recruiting for HISET prep and English as a second language – looking for students who are looking to attend college and already have high school diploma but need to past testing.
Sergio Vicente: Mass Hire Holyoke
Summer employment opportunities coming up soon, will have summer employment application kick off in April at local job fair.
Rosalee T. Williams: Ward II School Committee
Phone number on channel 12
Antonio Padilla: Holyoke District Court Probation/ Young Marines
The next Young Marines platoon will be beginning in March, currently have 30 youth participants have 5 spots available for the next platoon. Now have partnership with UMass ROTC & Baystate. Youth can get CPR certification from Baystate through their partnership.
Nayroby Rosa-Soriano: One Holyoke CDC
Awarded two grants which assists with individuals applying for employment. Has handout on what Census earnings count. A lot of potential employment, another hiring event on Feb 26th, one @ HCC Kitrick Center Suite 301 – From 3-1 for panel. Another at Flat Community Building. Has resident from flats who was victim of fire who has decided to host football game at Holyoke High this Sunday from 10-3. Refreshments available. Will be hosting human foosball game. Holyoke Clean-Ups will be beginning in April also, looking for organizations to participate.
Ron Thompson: Cross Point Clinical
Offers both Christian and traditional based counseling. Have workshops for both public and church leaders. Offer services to church leaders on mental health. Pastors’ Luncheon Flyer: Thursday, February 20, 2020
11-1pm @ 85 Montcalm St. Chicopee.
Veronica White: Teen Librarian Holyoke Public Library
Veronica introduced herself as the new Teen Librarian. Looking to collaborate with other agencies on youth engagement.
Sandy Ward: Friends of the Holyoke Public Library
April 4th mini golf event, official letter being sent out for sponsorship opportunities. 150th year celebrating since library opened. March 7th, poetry reading being held by local who utilized library as a young adult.
Katie Roberts: Clean Slate
Outpatient care for drug and alcohol, have staff who can organize inpatient care. Katie introduced Jose and Marissa from program.
Marisol Guevare: Recruitment/Admission for Springfield College Continuing Education
Offer bachelors and masters’ degree, can complete degree in 16-24 months with help from online or weekend classes. Classes can be completed online. Degrees are relevant with no testing, hands-on approach. Offer Masters in Human Services which can be completed in 1 year. Passed out information in regards to next open house.
Victor Nunez Ortiz: Department of Veterans Affair
He works out of Leeds with minority veteran program in central/western mass. Any minority veteran can contact Victor for service eligibility. Passed out brochures and will provide in email.
Adlyn Colon: HCC/PAFEC
Education Center offering transition to college. HiSet prep. Completely free program, only requirement is that student wants to learn and is open to attending classes. Every Tuesday from 10-3 doing tax preparation. Passed out flyers
Susan Ventura: Golden Years HomeCare
Looking for CNA, HHA. If know of any organization who assist elderly with heavy tasks within the home, please contact.
Hope Ross: Learn in Motion
CPPI Grant through VOC – have 5 spots still in Morgan, 1 spot in Lawrence. Looking for kids who are going into kindergarten within 2020 and have limited to no care in past.
Angel Coriano: Homework House
Just expanded to third site, provide educational services to mainly public schools. Hosting 5th annual spelling bee @ Open Square on April 30th – will be sending out flyer
Katelyne Tiffany and Michael Keefe: Western Mass Eldercare
Adult foster care that is designed to help elders or others with disability to stay in their homes with extra assistance. Care givers are trained by company and receive tax free stipend. Have variety of care givers who have spaces available within their home which can take patients in.
Micah Katz-Zieger: Enlace Americorps
Organizing Hampden County Youth Resource Fair, Community Room at the Holyoke Public Library in April. Looking for services/organizations to come and speak to youth. Sent around sign-up sheet and will be in touch for finalized date.
LeAnna Tamiso: Springfield College Social Work
If you are looking to pursue masters in Social Work, please contact. Also having open house on March 5th and 7th. Classes are very flexible (week day, week night, weekend, half online half in person, etc.)
Captain Denise Duguay: Holyoke Police Department
Resource to community
Jimmy Pickett: St Paul’s Episcopal
Establishing community garden outside of church. March 7th at 3 PM having greenhouse party to build physical space for garden. Passed out garden and sign-up sheet.
Danielle Maroni RVCC
Creating blue room for student interested in art and music. Looking for individuals who are willing to donate art supplies. 413-540-1167
Ashley Ruiz: Young Parents Support
Work with youth who are parenting up to age 23, help advocate for both parents and children. Brought hotline card.
Valarie Martinez-Ortiz: New England Farm Workers
They are career coaches who help individuals and their dependents in regards to financial aid for college or job placements.
Jen Falcone: Prevention Collaborative
Prevent sexual abuse in children. Hold groups and presentations within school and outside of school. Provide age appropriate books to families. Also work with businesses against human trafficking, looking to expand into Westside and Holyoke. Send any referrals to Jen.
Maria Pelchar: Holyoke Fire Department
Free fire alarm installation passed out
Melvin Malave ROCA
Currently accepting referrals for 17-24 year old young men who are proven at risk. Work on workforce readiness, transitional services, etc.
Lashanda Stone: DCF Foster Care Review Unit
High need for volunteer case reviewer, handed out flyers and business card for further information
Melissa Shaw: Dial Self Americorps
Invited agencies working with youth that would benefit from resource fair, please contact
Patricia Walsh: AIC
Coordinate internships and volunteer sites
Luis Arzolo: CHD
Every Thursday at library from 10-2 to help with writing, etc, open to public. TRAIN begins in March at HCC/STCC, free program for career readiness along with identify interests.
Lavagn Claudio: Gandara
Individual therapy, family partner, in home behavioral. Every 3rd Tuesday offer care giver connection group from 11-1:30 work on different topics which care giver presents. No connection to Gandara needed, open to public.
Jaime Santiago: MSPCC
Looking to hire a clinician.
Melany Mendoza: Mass Mentorship
Offer youth development programs, offering youth engagement training along with March 9th training for trauma informed practices.
Holyoke Public Library - 8-10 AM legislative breakfast in Community Room and HPL, please as many as possible attend to honor HPL. Offering free breakfast.
Boy Scouts: Looking to begin Cub Scouts chapter, need 5 volunteers for 1.5 hrs/1 day a week
Steve Sell: Great Schools Partnership 2:10pm - 2:25pm
Education non-profit. Looking to support the process of selecting new superintendent for the school to gather community input. Looking to identify priorities of community members and give a sense of what considerations the search committee needs to keep in mind while screening for candidates.
What are characteristics you feel are important for the new receiver to possess?
What skills and knowledge, background and experiences, you think is important for the new receiver to possess?
What are other considerations you would like the commissioner to keep in mind?
Family Fun Night at Morgan School: 2/28/20 5pm to 7pm 2:25pm - 2:28pm
Looking for volunteers, please email Ed, volunteers arrive for 4:30 please.
Old Business / New Business
- Next Meeting is Thursday, March 12th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library
- Basketball Championships: 2/21 5:30pm to 9pm Boys and Girls Club
Close Meeting 2:30pm
Hampden County Sheriff’s Department
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