Date:   April 11, 2019

Time:   1:00pm to 2:30pm

Place:   Holyoke Public Library

 

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

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

Liv Anna Homstead, MSW, Special Project Coordinator, HCC       1:05pm - 1:20pm

Free Community Health Worker Courses at HCC

Liv Anna introduced herself as being the project coordinator for the Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program.  She continued to say that HCC offers training with a focus on integrating behavioral health and substance use treatment into healthcare and human service settings.  They have grant funding that is offered for community health worker classes. Massachusetts Department of Public Health has defined CHW role with 10 core competencies surrounding the CHW role. They have identified over 50 recognized job titles that fall underneath the CHW umbrella.  They are seeing more CHW integrated into coordinated care teams, and it as a growing field especially in the shifts in MassHealth. Since 2014 HCC has been rolling out CHW program. Have seen a growing interest. 

HCC has two grants which fully-fund two options for CHW training. That means that there's not cost for tuition, books, or fees for students. All classes are aligned with training requirements for State Certification for CHWs

Option 1 (funded through MassHealth grant)

Two semesters June-December

Seven college credits

1st class - CHW core competencies class held summer 2019 on Tuesdays from 4-8:30 pm in Greenfield

2nd class - Health Topics class held fall 2019 online

Eligibility: High school diploma or HISET, proof of college English or take placement test.

Option 2 (funded by HRSA)

Three consecutive semesters (one class each semester) 

Starts dates: Fall 2019, spring 2020, and fall 2020

10 college credits

1st class - CHW core competency class

2nd class - Health topics class

3rd class - practicum class and 125 placement at service provider or health centers (depends on which semester you start)

Focus is on behavioral health and substance use, classes held evenings and Saturdays at HCC, and some online

Dedicated support and job assistance

To enroll: must have High school diploma or HISET, Proof of college English or take placement test, go through CORI/SORI prior to course enrollment, Commitment to 3 course training sequence.

Questions:

Can you take two to three classes at a time to finish quicker? You would have to take 1 course a semester.

Do you help CHW with job placement and do you know the pay scale? 20-25 an hour. Certain type of student no age limit. No specific requirement but need high school equivalency and ability to place into college English. Kathy Anderson stated that HMC can offer site placement for interns enrolled in CHW.

Liv Anna passed around flyers for HCC and Greenfield Community College, she passed around two separate flyers for both training pathways.

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

Sara Page: Wayfinders

Involved with working with group called the Chestnut Alliance in the Churchill neighborhood. Planning to partner on the upcoming clean-up May 4th and working on another one in early June. Supported the mini golf in library. Working on See CLICK Fix app for city departments to fix lights etc and alert sent to the right department.

Kathy Anderson: HMC
Community coordinator at Holyoke Medical Center. The hospital is doing a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA is part of the hospital’s strategic plan that evaluates the overall health of the community. It will identify recurring causes of poor health within the communities they serve, and then focus our resources to support and drive positive change with the identified barriers. Transportation, food, etc. assesses to get health. HMC also does a community dinner twice per month and Kathy tickets if anyone knows of anyone that would like to attend.

Incentive to fill out survey, participants can enter to win an Apple IWatch. The results are anonymous and will help to identify the most pressing health needs in the community. Kathy passed out flyer for the link that connects to the survey.

Jose Bou: Holyoke Public School District

4/27 math carnival event from 10am-2pm at Holyoke High School, 500 Beech Street. For parents to get involved through workshops and tools for parents with children in all grades. Two escape rooms. Slime room and 2 virtual reality headsets. There will be exercises with music and dancing. Food 500 dollars in raffles. They will have nine bus stops to pick parents and families up. Jose passed on out some flyers.

Sandy Ward: Friends of the Holyoke Public Library

Sandy reported out on their Mini golf fundraiser. Over 350 families registered for event. Last year 230 tickets sold. 2 robotically animation holes through Holyoke Codes on 17 and 18 holes. Able to raise $5000 for the library.

James Biscoe: Clean Slate

Provide outpatient substance abuse therapy using both soboxone and vivitrol. Many locations across the state.

James Maloney: Hope for Holyoke

Kids’ week (4/15/19-4/19/19) at the Hope for Holyoke Center during school vacation week. They will be having a “Sober sip and paint” on 4/27. Open Easter Sunday for two hours.

Cheryl Labrie: YMCA

Annual healthy kids’ day on 4/27. It is a free event from 12-2 promoting family engagement.

Nayroby Rosa-Soriano: One Holyoke CDC

Flats building open for residents as a community center. Kicking off 2k19 ‘keep it clean’ campaign on 4/27 and willing to collaborate with other agencies and families to clean-up various areas. She stated if anyone is interested in coordinating a clean-up, they will partner and have some supplies. 5/4 HSNI will be partnering with them #keepitclean.

Around the world in 80 Days’ is coming back for its fourth year. One Holyoke CDC continues to partner with MIFA Victory Theatre and Holyoke High School Performing and Media Arts Academy. The event will be on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7pm. The venue will be Peck School at 1916 Northampton St. in Holyoke. Tickets for General Admission $20 and $10 for Students with ID. www.mifafestival.org.

Jessie Channell: MSPCC

Survivor services. Looking to get some groups started with youth and or parents that have a history of trauma.

Luis Perez: Foodbank of Western Mass

Snap outreach coordinator. Goes around helping fill out applications for snap benefits for people that can’t get to DTA. Applications can be streeful and by his assisting it alevates stress and he forwards the information to DTA to get client approved. He passed out a flyer in Spanish and English.

Yajaira Pagan-Marquez: CFCE

They are funded under the Headstart umbrella. Offer programs such as how they partner with ‘learn in motion’ at the library. They work with dad and mom and look for positive male role models. Play group at Enlace de familia. Book buddy program drop off books at your door step for 8 weeks at the end of the 8 weeks, child gets a free book. Willing to partner on other events.

Raul Matta: Springfield Technical Community College (STCC)- Workforce Development 

Talked about the Workforce Development program at STCC. STCC is looking to enroll those who are chronically unemployed or underemployed in theT.R.A.I.N. program, a Work Readiness training and Advanced Manufacturing training. The goal of the program is to offer participants training on how to find, apply, and interview for a job. Then participants will receive specific training about Advanced Manufacturing (a fast growing industry that offers good paying entry level positions with opportunity for advancement) and be encouraged to do paid internships with local employers. During the Advanced Manufacturing training, participants will create fidget spinners using the Advanced Manufacturing laboratory at STCC. The engineering professors will teach participants how to use the machines and local employers will judge the final products during a final event. Our hope is that the local employers will be able to offer participants interviews the day of the final event and offer employment opportunities. Participants must be 18 years old and complete a brief intake process before the program begins. 

The Work Readiness training is from May 6, 2019 through May 24, 2019. Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 1:15 pm. Advanced Manufacturing training will follow in early June. 

Rondey Allen: Crosspoint Clinical

Crosspoint is a faithbased mental health agency. They are client centered and capable of serving those 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 do workshops out in the community. Made well workshop on Saturday. Pastor luncheon a couple of weeks ago to bring all faith together.

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

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

Sergio Vecente: MassHire

Thanked everyone that helped with the youth job fair that took place yesterday and thanked the Shannon partners and Holyoke Public Schools. 300 youth came through and spoke with employers. Youth obtained summer youth employment applications program ages 14-24. Additional applications can be pick-up at MassHire Holyoke.

Terry Britton: VA employment representative at Masshire

Assist veterans that served active duty for at least 180 days that need to get connected to employment goals through job readiness skills and employment. They assist veterans dealing with PTSD and refer to other partners. If you know a Veteran, please refer them to the program. Also looking to connect with employers looking to hire Vets through Department of Labor on medallion program. Human services forum 5/15 having a job fair at the War Memorial Building.

Jamie Santiago MSPCC

Mental health services for youth 6-18 in Holyoke, they are taking referrals.

Melany Mendoza: Mass Mentoring Partnership

MMP is a statewide organization that provides training and support to community agencies supporting relationships, including the HSNI coaches. They do trainings around cultural responsiveness. Looking at state level for funding last year they received $750,000 in funding.   Presently, they have a bill at the Representative level proposed for 1 million and need bill to pass and asked for support from community to continue in offering support success mentoring program. 4/25 9-3:30 youth voice training at South Hadley Library.

Jonathan Alicea: Latino Counseling Center

Eight years ago when he came from Puerto Rico and worked for Gandara in Holyoke for three years. Jonathan has a past in the criminal justice system, he has bachelors in Criminal Justice and a Masters in the Mental Health field and currently has his own practice called the Latino Counseling Center.

Libertad Altreche Bey: Libertad Entertainment

Runs multimedia companies and is a native of Holyoke.

Family Fun Night at Morgan: 4/26/19                                                  2:20pm - 2:25pm

 Eddie mentioned there will be a family fun night at Morgan on Friday, April 26th and agency represented are welcome to partner with us and volunteer.

Old Business / New Business

  • Next Meeting is Thursday, May 9th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library
  • Basketball Leagues: 3rd & 4th and 5th & 6th (YMCA), sign-up 5/3 and 5/10 @ 6pm
  • Basketball Leagues: 7th & 8th and High School (Boys & Girls Club) 5/23 and 5/29 @ 6pm
  • Citywide Clean Up: Saturday, May 4th, 9am to 12pm cookout to follow.
  • Back to School Event: Saturday, August 17th 1pm to 5pm

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 14, 2019

Time:  1:00pm to 2:30pm

Place:  Holyoke Public Library

 

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

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

Ed welcomed everyone.

Holyoke Middle Schools Building Proposal (Dorrie Brooks)                             1:05pm - 1:20pm

This project has been in development for over a year with the goal to developing two new middle schools for Holyoke. Without the support of those who understand and value the impact of new educational sites and facilities, the project will not be possible. Over the years the educational system has changed from middle school model to K-8, where the change was too drastic and needed new structure to reduce population at elementary school by pulling middle schoolers out and replacing them.

The intent of the project include demolishing Peck School and constructing two new middle schools which could each hold 550 students – located at the current Peck School location and vacant lot next to Chestnut & Cabot Street. Argued two schools were necessary not only for educational purposes but also population control. Looking to open both by fall of 2022. These facilities would be the first new schools in over 30 years for Holyoke. It is important to the district to have schools where their families are located to encourage family involvement in school systems and children’s educations.

The intention of the project is to acknowledge more than the education growth, but also social/environmental/etc. factors which contribute to an adolescent’s growth. The estimated total cost for the project is $131 million dollars - cities share is 40% which is 55 million with the rest being paid for by the state. This would increase in taxes approximately $240/year per average household in Holyoke. Equity (each student would be in new middle school at same time), Cost (most effective, building sequentially would add several million dollars in inflationary cost) & Impact. Building new school can create areas which are now needed but have not been addressed in the past (young parents, special needs, etc). Break each grade level into two communities (90 students) to have “team teaching” in order to build relationships. Services are brought closer to the students rather than separate due to services required.

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

Andrew Batchelor (Mass AGO) 

There are currently grants available for summer jobs via the healthy summer youth job program. This encourages businesses to hire young adults/adolescents for the summer months. The deadline to apply for a grant is March 29th, and applications are available online.

Virginia Dillion: Homework House

Adult spelling bee being held on April 11th, looking for volunteers to help during event.

Rodney Allen: Cross Point Clinical Services

Pastor Luncheon will be held in coming weeks. Will be holding workshops on areas such as family matters along with managing technology.

Luis Perez: Food Bank of Western Mass

Support with applying for or managing food stamps. Mr. Perez is at MassHire almost weekly each Thursday 10 AM – 1 PM. There are new income guidelines for SNAP. Take applications over the phone as well.

Cheryl Labrie: YMCA

Healthy kid’s day Saturday April 27th, 12 PM – 2 PM @ Heritage Park.

Dennis Gonzalez: Hope for Holyoke

Currently collaborating with open pantry, targeting high risk populations with substance use and past incarcerations with gambling risks (March is gambling awareness month). Friday @ 1 PM will be holding meeting on gambling awareness.

James Maloney: Hope for Holyoke

Open mic event Saturday March 16th 6-10 PM and will be a sober event. Center is open Sunday during parade, buses routes will differ.

Melinda Stone/Clay Connor: Westover Job Corps

Will be brining variety of students to speak about their experiences

Emil Farjo: United Way

Offering free one on one financial coaching out of office in Springfield

Sandy Ward: Friends of the Holyoke Public Library

Updated flyers for mini golf event - free for children under 5, looking for volunteers/sponsors for some of the holes. Event is April 6th; sponsors need to have information in by Wednesday 3/20.

Denise Kelly: Disstrict Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Court

Presented on bullying, safety, threats, etc. to 6 middle schools in the Holyoke area. Will be presenting at 4 elementary schools on internet safety by the end of the month. There will be a job fair held at AIC in Springfield on April 15th.

Jennifer Gonzales: Homeless Liaison Holyoke Public Schools

Homeless advocate, passed out business cards to connect further to hopefully provide more services to those in need. Looking for 18 students who are currently homeless to engage in free workshop during spring break in April.

Rafael Santos: Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

736 state street in Springfield, support. Safe Neighborhood Initive Program is a program which offers community support through sports.

Melissa Garcia: Gandara Center

Offering a parents support group on March 19th surrounding topics such as cooking matters (healthy cooking). There is currently a low waiting list for intensive care coordination.

Alejandra Torres: Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

Holding a family fun night on March 22nd from 5-7pm at Morgan School, looking for volunteers to participate.

Nikita Perez: Holyoke Public Schools Family outreach

Holding a state of schools meeting on March 20th from 6:30-8PM on Main street. Some main topics will be addressing dropout rates and graduation rates.

Joseph Krupczyski: UMass Amherst

Working on public art project which promotes community engagement. On March 22nd an online fundraiser will be held on behalf of the project. Creative placement project to encourage Puerto Rican/Latino cultures to contribute and thrive.

Cynthia Espinosa: Nueva Esperanza

Holding a meeting on April 9th to highlight history within the community, along with hosting a comedian/artist from Puerto Rico.

Old Business / New Business

          Next Meeting is at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library

          Resource Guide in progress – new ads needed, free of cost

          Back to school event @ MacNally field on 17th

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:   January 10, 2019

Time:   1:00pm to 2:30pm

Place:   Holyoke Public Library

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

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

Migdalia Rivera: Caregiver Homes                  1:05pm - 1:20pm

Migdalia stated that she is the community liaison for Caregiver Homes and has been working with them for the last 4 years. They are a group of experienced care managers working with complex cases. They create strong bonds with families and guide them in financial assistance along with providing support to the live in caregivers. The importance of in home caregiving is to reduce cost to health insurances. People that like to remain in home, still have a case manger and nurse oversight to solve barriers related to social determinants to health.

They serve individuals that have Masshealth standard or CommonHealth, also have mco, aco, sco, pace, once care coverage. To qualify 16 years and over and need assistance with bathing, dressing walking ambulation transfers toileting and eating. Caregiver needs to be over 18 and they live in home. Must pass a physical exam and CORI check Those considered are : parents, sibling over the age of 18, friends, and none married partners. Financial pay tax free stipend two times a month. Offer paid leaves of absence up to 15 days per calendar year. Offer 14 days of alternate caregiver. Referrals to DMH, DDS, DTA and School Departments. Offer specialty care behavioral health visiting nurse etc. Gave several examples of families that they have assisted throughout the years and the obstacles they faced before they came into home. Make a referral at www.caregiverhomes.com or call Migdalia at (413)209-1010 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Stephany Garcia: Donahue School

Parent meetings once a month. Meeting for parents that have kids who are learning English on 22nd of the month.

Barbara DeSouza and Christina Proietti: AG Office

Barbara introduced herself as an assistant attorney general working out of 1441 Main Street office in Springfield. Christina is one of their investigators in the fair labor division. In 2018 they reported that the Springfield fair labor division collected 1 million in restitution and distributed to workers. 1/1/19 min wage increased to $12 an hour. Brought handouts wage/hour poster. Service rate (tipped employees) rose to $4.35 an hour. Guides to workplace rights and responsibilities handouts and information re community engagement division provided for possible trainings, including child labor presentation in high school and middle school to let them know their rights. Quarterly wage theft clinic held in Springfield at Bishop Marshall Center. Private bar counsel available to meet and provide free legal advice. Next meeting in April

Shannon Sarkisian: Holyoke Community College

Works at HCC /admissions. Non credit work force programs starting this year for free.

Line cooks training

English language learners

Farm tech

Medical assisting

Required to have high school credential. Catalina can work with them if they are pursuing high school equivilancy. Clients looking to enroll for associate degree contact Shannon. Spring semester starts 1/28 for those over 60 can take part in senior waiver for many classes as possible for $50. Only enroll within last two weeks of classes.

Jennifer Moulton Proctor: United way

Volunteer income tax program in partnership- with VOC and Springfield partners. Sent flyers out when recruiting volunteers starting actual appointments at end of January. Trying to target low to middle income families. Holyoke/ Chicopee/ Westfield.

Jen Fernaandez: United Way of Pioneer Valley

Thrive program is free to anyone; one stop financial success center assisting folks in getting back on their feet with finances. Budget/credit repair plus individual coaching. In Holyoke in Westfield. No longer at STCC. Just hired two new coaches. STCC location moving to 144 Main St. Clients that you want to refer contact info on flyer.

James Biscoe: Cleanslate

Outpatient treatment for opioid addiction suboxone vivitrol. No wait list open enrollment.

Neil Desroches: US Attorney’s Office

Federal governments still functioning. Project safe neighborhood working with HSNI basketball with anti bullying curriculum. Identifying high risk kids. Opioid collaborative US Attorney initiated to coordinate responses to educate local doctors that prescribe opioids for those that have overdosed. Civil rights unit part of collaborative work with clients to have access to treatment under American with disability act.

James Maloney Hope for Holyoke

Thanks to Holyoke community for support during the holiday season. They were able to provide wonderful Christmas to Holyoke families. Thanked United church for 2nd annual sober Christmas event. 4th year anniversary on 1/25. . Sending out special invitations.

                                                                                                                                               

Ana Jemiolo: UHC

65 and older standard mass health enroll them in SCOPE programs for those with greater medical needs.

Miguel Arce: Springfield College                                                                                         

Appreciative of the efforts and coordination of services.

Sophie Maki: MAFHC

Always recruiting testers for fair housing. Paid opportunity if you have interest in housing discrimination. Funding for free housing training for health care providers.

Christine Cullen: Holyoke/Chicopee/Family Headstart

State grant from early education and care serves all families in Holyoke Chicopee and support families. Organize play groups for families as a child’s first teacher. Also have program called book buddies to help parents read to children. Bring families arcadia wildlife sanctuary. Engage with other parents. Nurturing place program working with infant and toddlers living shelters in Holyoke. Work on the development with parents.

ClairAnn Muddiman: Goodwill

Changes for new fiscal year. Additional partners for decrease generational poverty. Offices in Holyoke and Springfield new opportunity and outlook refer to them if looking for work.

Officer Walber Borrego: Holyoke PD

Offering support to community feel free to contact them.

Sophie Schouboe:Foodbank of Western MA

Website list of pantries in area in Springfield/Holyoke. Assist with SNAP via phone. Spanish English

Sandy Ward: Holyoke Public Library

Reminder on their annual fundraiser 18 hole mini golf coming up in the spring.

Andrew Cayward: DCF

Mentioned if anyone had questions surrounding DCF policies and protocols they could contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Melvin Malave: ROCA

ROCA has updates surrounding their circle training. Will be holding next week; MTW. Trainings provide education about participants, conflict resolution and information sharing. Works with significant population. Deal with street issues, building culture rules expectation on their premises. Opportunity to learn more about program. Springfield site. Hosting in Holyoke in next two three months. Utilized library previously. Transitional program 17 -24 proven risk young men in Holyoke. Springfield engages women also. DPW contract in Holyoke 5-6 guys go out everyday. Potential referrals. Going to jail afterwards to meet with young man releasing tomorrow.

Katalina Melendez: HCC

Located at 206 Maple Street in Holyoke. She services clients pursing HISET out of the Picknelly center. No waiting list for hiset classes during the day 9am & 3pm. They do transitions to Holyoke Community College afte registration. They have counselors and tutors, evening classes have a small wait list. Offer Spanish hiset. Contact her at (413) 552 2927.

Tyler: United Way of Pioneer Valley

Most of his work is on the opioid epidemic.

Sergio Vicente: Masshire Holyoke

Youth coordinator for masshire Holyoke. He is promoting Shannon youth program passed around flyer for services provided. Deal with some gang involved youth 13-24, DCF, DYS court involved and teen parenting. passed around flyer. Looking to engage specific neighborhoods, his contact information is the back of the brochure that he passed out.

Gladys Lebron Martinez: Masshire/City Councilor

Reminder that they service youth in need of job search. Help assist in certificate training workshops for computer skills and job readiness. Try to build confidence. Noticing effect of federal shutdown. City councilor working with wayfinders to combine meetings. Next meeting Thursday the 17th 5-730 at Lawrence school.

Chrismary Gonzalez: Springfield Department of Public Health

Grant works on family intervention with middle school students for no use of alcohol. Free community show 2/12 music school. 2/12 next meeting for opioid task force

Rondey Allen: Crosspoint Clinical Services

Christian counseling center. Client centered capable or serving that are not in the faith. Shared story about local church community that set up counseling ministry within walls and someone committed suicide.   Reminded him of why services need to be offered. Specialize to fill gaps and reach out to those involved in faith community and pastors.   Host pastor luncheons and education about managing issues. Variety of programs anger management respect 101. Smart step families blending families with other children. Revelation wellness for those interested in getting in shape. 1/26 having a meet up, facilitator will describe the program. Cross Point Clinical Services (413) 732-7677 www.crosspointclinical.org

Israel Rivera: One Holyoke CDC

New projects this year and will be launching a 52 week campaign next week in Holyoke. “ Holyoke the city that reads” will highlight a Holyoke person that is reading and what they are reading; English and Spanish. Ask folks to help nominate people, would like to have a pool to choose from. Would like to see it shared across social media websites. Volunteer recognition dinner 2/8 Jays Bed and Breakfast will cater the food and night out for volunteers. Portuguese American Club/ Flats Community Club.

Kathy Anderson: Holyoke Medical Center

Community health needs, can provide education, screening. Dinner once per month looking to move bi weekly. Will provide transportation to pick people up for meal in Holyoke/Chicopee.

Old Business / New Business

Next Meeting is Thursday, February 14th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library

Close Meeting                                                                2:30pm

Contact Information:

Edward Caisse

Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

Date:   February 14, 2019

Time:   1:00pm to 2:30pm

Place:   Holyoke Public Library

 

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

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

Ed introduced himself and informed everyone he is from the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.

Shelly Lenn (The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens)     1:05pm - 1:20pm

Shelly introduced herself and gave an overview of the main philopsohy of the program. It is that grief is a normal response to any loss/change. Focuses on death of someone close. They engage ages 5-18 no limits on death of individual, no limits on where or when death occurred.

The agency is dased in Northampton, but work with wide catchment from Springfield to Greenfield.. Meet students at school and hold groups – have groups at Holyoke High School. Wednesday – Greenfield Middle School. Shelly continued to say that there is no limit on tears or tissues allowed at The Garden, processing emotion is normal and natural reactions. Some of the examples of tools used: “Tough Boris” book (Read a line, have children/clients repeat reoccurring line. Book geared towards preschoolers but used with students from pre-K to high school. Message of book is every one cries)

Other tools used: Finding common grounds – write what you are thinking/afraid of, put in middle of circle, each read random note aloud without judgement. More tools used: How can you feel safe? Talk on the phone walk walking down the street alone, wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted, tell you grandmother today you love her if you are worried of losing her. Worry about grades, moving on, taking things for granted, college, taking nothing for college is common occurance. Along with worries about losing other members or themselves getting sick 3rd, 4th & 5th grade – singer songwriter came in and worked with 4 kids to come up with a song of experiences in which the children had. Bright yellow paper – song written by 4 kids experiences and singer/songwriter. Spring program begins Feb 24h, 10 Sunday afternoons 2-4 PM in Northhampton for any family with children between ages 5-18 who has experienced death of someone close. Free of charge! 21st year of program. Referrals: schools, pediatricians, clinicians, word of mouth, religious settings

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

Edgar Robles: Holyoke Public Schools

Friday 15th benefit concert will be at Metcalf School from 6-8pm. Friday 28th 5-7pm at Enlace. Next week is February break and kids will be off from school.

Sophie Schouboe: The Food Bank of Wester Ma

She handed out flyers for the locations of the food banks in the area. Offering snap application assistance along with DTA.

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. They have classes for those that are pursuing citizenship. Classes run from April – June. Open enrollment for Bridge 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. Contact them at (413) 612-0206 for more information. Class is Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:30am-1ppm at VOC.

Allison Proctor: DHHS

HCAT is culmination of schoolbase coliotions for substance use to harm recovery, etc. Next meeting, March 13th 1-2:30 at Sheriffs Dept in Ludlow. Working on outreach packet of various resources in Hampden County.

Miguel Arce: Springfield Collge

Offered up students for agencies looking for interns.   Master’s student internship placement has to complete approximately 1000 hours.

Sandy Ward: Holyoke Public Library

Death Care Advocate / Mini-golf in library on April 6th: if you would like to sponsor there are spots available. Change 5 levels of library into 18 holes. $250 to sponsor hole – can have set up related to your business/cause. 1st hole and 18th hole are $500 to sponsor. (May be able to donate holes, would need to speak directly about possibilities).

Jose Rubero: Hypnosis Solutions MA

Free program for Veterans began in December – Started with 10 participants and now only has 9. Smoking cessation program for Veterans, monthly program at Veterans Center in Springfield (2 sessions). Also known as guy that rides the Paso Fino.

Jen Fernandes: United Way Pioneer Valley

THRIVE Program is a one stop finicial success center – free! Help with budgeting, credit scores, banking, pre-tax preperation, becoming more financially healthy. Does presentations and can come present. Used to have location on STCC – has moved to main office in Springfield on Main Street. A Few new coaches have begun (Neil, Walter) Thrive-on-the-go program.

Katlina Melednez: HCC

Community education project. Intakes are available over the phone or in person on Maple Street in Holyoke. Some levels do not have a wait list. Higher levels do have wait lists. Come in for orientation and placement.

Laura Banks: River Valley Counseling Center

Adolesence sexual health program manager looking for new community partners who they can teach (Spanish/English) ages 12-19. 8 hours of curriculum which can be spread out over weeks or also condensed. Services are free.

Joanne O’toole: Homework house

Tutoring from Holyoke, free! 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 tutoring services which help engagement of children. Many tutors are from Mount Holyoke, Smith college, UMASS. Some waiting lists, other no waiting lists. Have locations in the flats / Appleton street. Tutor over 100 kids per day. Spelling Bee fundraiser on April 11th (Aaron Vega MC) @ the Mill at Open Square $150 for team of 3.

Dr Elaine Campbell: River Valley Counseling Center

Main office is Beech Street, have locations in Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield, Easthampton, Hatfield and soon to be in Hadley. Partners with school departments to provide in house services for those who cannot attend services otherwise. Child prescribors (English and Spanish speaking) in all clinics, can typically see individuals within 3 months of wait lists. Grants running to help improve services, now have substance abuse license

Denise Kelly-Lachat: Hampden County DA’s office

April events – Job fair, 3x3 basketball tournament on Patriot’s Day @ AIC for youth. April 4th, distracted driving event @ basketball hall of fame – good for kids who are about to drive or getting ready to drive. Show film / guest speakers who have been in distracted driving accidents / have goggles to see effects of distorted driving. Winter Basketball Championship this Friday @ 5:30 PM.

Iohann Vega: Gandara

Development center/media outlet – provide services for youth in community (up to age 24) on education support. Work with Holyoke high school and Mt Tom academy from HCC to have event with discussion and group session with “black lives matter”. Continue spreading notion of what local media access (Radio Plasma) with creating contet which happen here in Holyoke to be able to be more engaged and open diolouge in order to reach more people and also bring awareness to events which occur within the city.

Ruth Tirado: Community Education Projcet

Education/career: offer day/evening classes for free, along with GED/PREP classes, recruiting students who would like to progress on English speaking skills. Enrolling for Spring but mostly looking for summer participants.

Naisha Hernandez, Girl Scouts of Central and Western Ma

Build relationships/bring awareness and educate.

Lt Maria Pelchar: Holyoke Fire Department

Fire safety workshops available.

Andres Villada: Holyoke Mayor’s Office

Hosted event with heart transplant recipients, no major updates yet but things will be rolling out in the next few months. Door is always open if needed

Cass Pasterelle: Ealge Eye

Work with Holyoke Students, work with urban students to bring environmental awareness and experiences. Holyoke High Dean Campus, Lighthouse Holyoke. Build relationships with youths, youth groups, faith base orginzation. 1-2 day programs, over night programs. Developing outside afterschool program to engage Holyoke students in the outdoors. Looking for group for this summer. Week long internships.

Terri Lombardo: Headstart

Service children beginning at 4 weeks old, along with pregnant women that have just given birth.

Michael Moriarity: One Holyoke CDC

Community development center: community engagement director, Izzy has moved on. Just hired Nairobi, new work developing within the flats. Kick off meeting where several dozen signed up for new community member on Canal Street. Building community advise board. Kicked off year long literacy inicitive, Holyoke a City Who Reads. Spread word of value of literacy and reading going on all year long.

Walter Rice: Pioneer Valley

THRIVE one stop success centers: build “to-go” model around pioneer valley, non-profit

Bishop Boyd: NAMI / Kenya Foreign Missions

April 2nd annual art show, Chicopee 9:30 Castle of Knights. Welcome all artists with mental illnesses, a way to advertise/sell artwork. Kenya Foreign Mission: orphan school of 302 children, raising money to be able to bring 30 kids here during the month of August. Looking to hold 2 concerts to raise money. Children affected by AIDS, no parents, little nourishment.

Rondey Allen: Crosspoint Clinical

Faith based counseling, psychotheraphy sensitive to faith. Provide other psychoeducation opportunies which integrate faith. Revelation wellness: 8 week guided, spiritual and fitness components. Online Zoom 8-9:30 (approximately). Pastors Luncheon: CS Lewis quote “We are not bodieswith a soul, but souls with a body.” free luncheon to provide educational services with perspectives of experiences mental health counselors. March 28th topic: Issues of the modern family

Deb Shaier: Holyoke boared of health

Outbreak of hepititus A among homeless, if anyone needs vaccine please contact. Facebook webpage in progress. Volunteer at Red Cross: 18+ looking for volunteers

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Khalil Rodriguez: Vanguard movement

Refocus gang members towards other lifestyles, build emotional and educational development with peace treaties

Melvin Malave: ROCA Holyoke

17-24 year old men involved in the system – emotional/literacy services, etc. Young mothers program: provide transportation to/from programming, room for children for mothers to engage in programs. Young mothers do not have to have any criminal attachment, commonly have DCF involvement.

 

Mel Antuno: Way finders Holyoke/Springfield

Redevelopment of property, expand waiting list for those who work in agricultural fields and need housing.

Terry Murphy: Ward 2 City Councilor

If you need help with someone within the city but are not getting responses, will listen and give respect to proposals. Looking for volunteers for afterschool programs from 3:45-5:15 PM Tues/Thurs with 1st-4th graders basketball program. Park department is overseeing, contact parks department.

Old Business / New Business

Next Meeting is Thursday, March 14th 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:   December 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        

 

MassHire Holyoke (Formerly CareerPoint):                        1:05pm - 1:20pm

President and CEO David Gadaire and Youth Service Director Gladys Lebron-Martinez                         

David Gadairie- MassHire is a one stop career center to help the local workforce and business community that focuses on growing companies and their missions. Recently they decided to have a larger role in workforce development services that are needed in Holyoke. MassHire has a new program for people with disabilities which runs under the “Take it to Work” program. MassHire is the first career center in the state to start working with reentry issues using 8 different staff members along with  programs such as opioid addiction.  They assist people leaving jail and needing help finding housing and jobs etc. MassHire is working with identifying at risk youth who are likely to drop out of school and join gangs and for newly released people with violent pasts. They offer all of their services in Spanish and English. They recently been running career centers at schools in Holyoke and Westfield. MassHire has been working with influx of refugees from Puerto Rico including getting them job training and ESOL classes. The two main areas of MassHire are: job seekers and business services. Career counseling and training for employment are available for a variety of industries. Pre-apprenticeship for construction industry and recovery coaching for opioid addiction are also available. The walk-in counseling program provides services without needing an appointment. MassHire is running a resource center for people who don’t need that much guiding from staff but still need the resources. The Veterans program includes employment, substance abuse, housing, and mental health services. MassHire works with business by providing: service reps that meet with companies to understand the work places needs on a more personal level including cultural and works alongside job developers. They have a “caring by design” mentality and a slogan of: “we don’t hire people we hire families”. This means they are understanding of the need to attend to family issues when it comes to missing time in the work place. They also are very aware to be sensitive to cultural needs and differences with respect to Hispanic families.

Gladys Lebron-Martinez: She discussed the youth services and programs, youth center and career center, technology room for job searching and doing projects. MassHire has extended to having career centers in the high schools for vocational hands-on training and other fields.  They are getting students to explore, build resumes and speech skills as well as interview skills. MassHire has a focus on youth sports funding. They offer youth works program for kids between the ages of 14-21 and internship programs. Collaboration between WGBY allowed for a news for a story about their background. They are also receiving partial grant money to help troubled youth. They have an upcoming event on Jan 8th.

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

Ralph Webb: Food works

New class starting on January 14th. It is a 12-week culinary life skills program. Through Providence Ministries they try to offer 3 classes per year.  They are also taking donations for families in need through the holiday season. After the January class they will be holding another class in April.

Allison Proctor: Springfield DHHS

HCAT meeting at Hampden County Sheriff’s Department on Wedneday Jan 9th from 1pm-2:30.

James Biscoe: Clean Slate

Offers outpatient treatment for opioid and alcohol.  They are open every day to service community

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 

Sharon Pineault: Goodwill Career Academy

They provide interview preperation, resume, job readiness skills.  Program provides vouchers to those engaged. They have a 12 week program for those interested in a career in human services. 

Israel Rivera: One Holyoke CDC

Israel thanked people for coming out and supporting his community dinner on 12/5.  He believes that they had between 300-350 in attendance. He continued to thank the school department for the event and other contributors. CDE and Umass art department, new arrivals project revisited for the youth projected for February 8th.

Anna Jaramillo: Holyoke Health Center

Health care, dental care, answering questions about masshealth, enrolment questions

Cheryl Labrie: YMCA

Gearing up for basketball league beginning this week in partnernship with HSNI.

Molly and Abby: Girls on the Run

They talked about Girls on the run of Western MA being a national program geared to after school. They engage girls from 3-8th grade afterschool program to teach about goal setting and life skills. Served 500 girls in 36 sites. Spring season starts in march predicting 70 schools and 1000 girls. Coming to HPS but welcoming other schools, recruiting coaches currently. Social emotional health and running.

Simon Elliot: Mass Fair Housing Center

The help families who are struggling to use section 8 housing and policies that say you need 3x the rent to qualify. Fair housing is making the case against discrimination caused by this. Fair housing testing program, like secret shopping for rental and sales market to detect discrimination which is later followed up. Sophie talked about an adapted skate program for people with disabilities.

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.  Contact them at (413) 612-0206 for more information. Class is Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:30am-1ppm at VOC.

Sophie Schouboe: The Food Bank of Wester MA

She handed out flyers for the locations of the food banks in the area. Offering snap application assistance along with DTA.

Dan Bisson: Catie’s closet

Talked about their partnership with public schools in Lowell. They identify unused space in schools to turn into free stores for people who need school supplies, clothing, toiletries etc.  70 of these have been set up in public schools around the state. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Conor Bevan: Holyoke Boys and Girls club

Thanked the basketball league partners and reported that the program is going well and is looking forward to the non-contatct boxing program starting next year.

Naisha Hernandez: Girl Scouts

Passed around information sheets on the Girl Scouts

Lt. Maria Pelchar: Holyoke Fire Department

Reported out on many car accidents (23) in December and to put phones down while driving.

Dean Santaigo: Peck School

They have an event on 12/19 at Peck School.  It will be an art show/bake sale.

Maritza Egerstrom: St Paul’s Church

Veterans program will be selling t-shirts next month.

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. 

State Representative Aaron Vega

State Rep. Vega thanked the members in the room. He announced that he will be around for another 2 years. He encouraged everyone  to reach out to their state reps if they collect state funds.  Talked about DTA funding  if your clients get cash benefit, and get a job, thy no longer lose that cash benefit for 6 months after getting the job. The child care voucher is still good for 12 months after getting a job. Increased the assets from $2500 to $5000

Yoshi Bird/Senaida Torres: YWCA- Rape Crisis Center

Holyoke teen transition living for pregnant and teen new moms, other young teen help centers. Domestic violence survivors and financial stability help for them.  Senaida was introduced in her new role and will be working with survivors to get them financially stable when leaving an abusive relationship.

Rafael Santos: Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

Rafael talked about his role as a case manager to assist individuals who are transitioning home.  He provides in reach services to identify their areas of need and refer them out to the many agencies in the room.  Employment and mental health referrals. Challenges facing the real ID which requires birth certificates and social security cards. Addressed identity theft issues. Basketball league helping out Ed with delivering curriculum at the YMCA

David Mccoy: HSNI Outreach

Talked about his work with Hope for Holyoke- help for alcohol and drug addiction. Event at Bethany Assembly of God this weekend, ‘Christmas Tree Extravaganza’.  It will be this weekend Friday/Saturday and Sunday 3- 6

Officer Edgar Lopez: Holyoke Police Dept. 

Works with code enforcement and the board of health.

Ed- talked about the basketball leagues at the boys and girls club and YMCA, bullying curriculum, intentional

mentorship and character development.

Old Business / New Business

Next Meeting is Thursday, January 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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