Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Notes

Date:   February 13, 2020

Time:   1:00pm to 2:30pm

Place:   Holyoke Public Library

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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

Contact Information:

Edward Caisse

Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(413) 858-0225

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