Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Meeting Agenda

Date: July 11, 2019

Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Place: Holyoke Public Library

 Coaches Revised

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      

Jose Rubero: Hypnosis Solutions MA                                 1:05pm - 1:20pm

Jose did an overview presenstation of his work and a NLP technique to assist folks in dealing with twirling thoughts.

Hypnosis is natural. Think of driving to the meeting – did you remember every turn and bump or were things on ‘autopilot’ since you may drive this route frequently. Hypnosis can be viewed as day dreaming while your eyes are open – you’re awake and present, but your mind may be elsewhere. When looking to stop using a substance or uncontrollable thoughts, without hypnosis there is a 4% success rate with just using willpower to stop, where as a 95% success rate exists with hypnosis treatment. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis, it is more about gaining control over things you once lost control over. There has to be a cooperation from the individual receiving hypnosis, that they are open and receptive to the process. It is important for rapport and trust to be established for hypnosis to be successful. We do hypnosis every day without realizing it - you’re programming yourself while visualizing things. For example, not being able to sleep and imagining a movie in the background, you’re in control, at peace and preparing for tomorrow to be a successful day. Hypnosis Solutions MA offers individual and group hypnosis for either youth or adults. Their services are free but Jose works mainly Tuesday Wednesday and Thursdays at other employment so not very available those days for hypnosis.

Nero Linguistic Programming (does not involve hypnosis): a possible solution for any revolving, negative, twirling thoughts or habits. It is important to find a universal “no” for the individual - something they will automatically say no to (such as watching a mother and child almost entering a busy street). Then it is important to find a personal “yes” – something easily relatable to for the client, something they would automatically say yes to. Then, identify twirling thought or habit which you would like to stop. *Close eyes. Visualize universal “no” in depth and think of the words “NO, STOP” until the count of 5* – when you count to 5 repeat “NO, STOP” very loudly and aggressively (in your mind) that the car moving towards the child and mom will stop. While counting to 5, each number becomes more and more involved in the universal no to heighten the need for a reaction. Once you reach 5 you are able to stop the event from happening. Open your eyes and look to your right and then to your left with only your eyes. Then visualize your personal “yes” in detail, while repeating “yes” aggressively and consistently in your mind. Open your eyes look to left and look to right with only your eyes. Close your eyes and rethink of negative emotion or event and the twirling thoughts which occur. Count to 5 again while “NO STOP” is running through your mind. Open eyes, look left and look right. Reclose eyes and think of personal “YES” in deep thought. Looking left to right engages both sides of your brain to release twirling thoughts. Stamford University offers detailed explanations on how hypnosis works on their online website.

Test: before going to sleep, tell yourself you want to remember your dreams. Do this 3 nights in a row and by the 3rd day see if you’re able to remember your dreams.

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

Jena Duncan: Community Action Pioneer Valley

Anyone interested in health equity work for youth, please contact!

Allison Scott: Dial Self

Position available in Holyoke for working with youth, Americore positions available.

Melvin Malave: ROCA

ROCA works specifically with 17-24 year old men with a high-risk proven model. They also work on providing wrap around transitional services. There is currently a Case Management position available – if interested please apply though ROCA Holyoke online.

Antonio Quinones: Holyoke Medical Center

Youth hire program began in hospitals this past week

Lynn Spicer-Lindquist: Gandara

Work towards helping families who are facing homelessness after leaving residential programs for SUD and provide housing subsudies by Wayfinders and then work towards implementing transitional to independent housing options.

Jade Rivera-Mcfarlin: Gandara

Positions are available (residential, clinicians). Gandara will be opening a LGBTQ program in Northhampton and are currently looking for a program director. Will be hosting frozen yogurt 5K

Dennis Gonzalez: Hope for Holyoke / Gandara

Have a focus on gambling within men of color, individuals who have SUD, and individuals who are post incarceration. Available to give presentations to local agencies or groups, and also provide recovery coaching

Pedro Alvarez: Tapestry Health

This Saturday Tapestry will be hosting a community syringe pick-up – all community members welcome! The goal of the syringe pick-up is to not only clean up Holyoke, but also bring community members and agencies together. Passed out cards with locations of all offices and provided list of different services provided.

Shellie Daries: DCF

Many individuals in our own communities need foster care or adoption services. Looking to make connection with community members and community providers. Looking for events or resource fairs to be at to provide more information.

Amy Karengekis: Attorney General’s Office

Fair labor division which protects workers from exploitation and sets level playing field for employers. An updated guide for working teens was passed out and email PDF link sent to Ed. Available training for youth on teen working rights and will come out to different organizations to give presentations surrounding working rights.

Rondey Allen: Cross Point Clinical

Christian faith based counseling – have programming such as pastor luncheons and trainings. Next session is this Saturday, 7/13, and will focus on Bounties for Your Soul – a Christian approach (flyers passed out).

Jasmin Martinez: Avada/ Hearing Life Centers

Offer free hearing screenings for all community members to keep up with hearing health.

Claudia Lora: A Better Life Homecare

Provide PCA services and at home nursing care for anyone over age of 21 who wants to remain independent but may require extra assistance. These services are expanding through Connecticut area currently. Individuals who have been denied previously from different agencies may still be eligible through A Better Life Homecare!

Alijah Leombmno : Elliot MSPCC survivors

Provide trauma counseling for individuals ages 3-22, currently have no waiting list and can get referral online.

Vivian Rodriguez: Holyoke Housing Authority

Family self-sufficient voucher – anyone receiving section 8 could be eligible to buy a house.

Low income opportunities in Holyoke, engagement sessions with community members - next session is 7/24 at 6:00 pm

Naisha Hernandez: Girl Scouts of Western Ma

Passed out flyer for hike which happens every Wednesday in August.

Katalina Melendez: HCC

Passed out flyer for intermediate English speakers, providing training opportunity for OSHA and safeserv.

Bill Hadley: Holyoke District Court Presiding Judge

Currently working with Mayor’s office, Chief of Police, DA’s office in hopes of diverting individuals who come into court to immediate access to treatment when applicable and appropriate.

Irving Concerpcion: New Heights Holyoke

Substance use and mental health groups for individuals who are both court mandated and non-court mandated (youth and adults). They also provide CPR training. This past week have been focused on passing out lunches and water to displaced individuals in Holyoke and also providing treatment while out on the streets. About to create a curriculum to train staff on depression, anxiety, etc.

Anna Cruz: Way Finders

Two Americore Vista positions are available, only 2 weeks left until selection process. Please submit applications ASAP if interested.

Nayroby Rosa-Soriano: One Holyoke

Clean Up Campaign working with one agency per weekend. Agencies will meet One Holyoke at the park (Chestnut and Sargent street )working with DCF, May Center and city counselors to clean up the park and also provide services. New Holyoke flats community building which will be made into community center – looking for agencies to provide workshops to bring attraction to community building.

Maya Rivera: Community Education Project

Offering free Spanish HISET prep classes (currently only offered during the daytime). Also offering community space (creative circles) where youth are invited to have Multilanguage conversations and do creative engaging projects.

Debbie Schaier: Holyoke Board of Health

Offer TB testing for only $10 (comparable to $40 elsewhere). Currently working with Tapestry at Kates Kitchen to provide Hepatitis A vaccines to homeless individuals

Marlene Corales: Westover Job Corps

Online program offered to individuals who did not pass their MCAS testing but looking to graduate or receive completion certificate.

Nick Pelegrino: MA State Police / Springfield

C3 policing program moving into Holyoke on a pilot program to encourage and build relationships between the community and law enforcement.

Bishop Boyd: NAMI

Looking to expand to all of Massachusetts, not just Western Mass, to provide mental health services for both individuals and families. Available to come and do free presentations, all services are free.

Susan Hogan: US Census

Looking for recruitment and will be holding recruiting fair. Offering $18/hr and are looking for bilingual individuals. Will be rolling out 2020 Census

Holyoke Public Schools: Working towards creating strong partnerships with community. “A path for each student”. Looking for people who are close to the schools in proximity in order to develop and implement a school improvement plan. The goal is to meet once a month to see what is working and what is not working, and to provide input as a community member. If you go to the Holyoke Public School website and search your address, you will be able to locate which school/zone is closest to you. Looking to have family fun night once a month at each school. Agencies are able to have tables at events (open house, BBQs) to provide information about their agencies and services available. Peck School BBQ will be held on August 23rd from 3-5 PM and flyers will be passed out once dates/times/locations are finalized for other schools. If you are interested in becoming more involved in A Path For Each Student, please call the school and request meeting with family engagement coordinator at 413-534-2000 or reach out to Jose Beau.

Family Fun Day: Saturday, July 20th 11am to 3pm                                   2:20pm - 2:25pm

Volunteers Needed:

(2) Bounce House

(2) Water Slide

(2) Registration

(2) Popping Popcorn

Pack the Backpacks Event: Friday, August 9th 9am to 12pm                     2:25pm - 2:27pm

2,000 backpacks with 18 different items – about 2 hrs of work anticipated

Old Business / New Business

  • Next Meeting is Thursday, August 8th at 1:00pm Holyoke Public Library
  • 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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