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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