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Secure Jobs Meeting Minutes – 2/8/17

Secure Jobs Advisory Committee
February 8, 2016

In attendance:   Ashley Brehm, HAPHousing, Bud Delphin, CareerPoint, Madeline Martinez, HAPHousing, Chris Montemayor, HAPHousing, Maegan Pedemonti, HAPHousing, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Maracelli Serrano, BerkshireWorks

January Progress Report (click here):
Hampden County: Job placements are almost double the goal (61 placements to date)
Shared individual success story (click ) – congratulations were shared on the great work.
Franklin/Hampshire: 3 enrollments
Berkshire County: 4 referrals, 1 enrollment

Mayor meeting updates:

 Holyoke: In attendance were Mayor Morse, Ashley Brehm, Bud Delphin, Steve Huntley, Pamela Schwartz. It was a good discussion around possible opportunities for partnerships, specifically with regard to culinary arts. Ashley is in the process of scheduling a follow-up meeting with Alicia Zoeller, Holyoke CDGB director and liaison to the culinary programs.

Springfield: In attendance were Economic Development Director Kevin Kennedy, Housing Director Gerry McCafferty, Ashley Brehm, Kevin Lynn and Pamela Schwartz. The meeting offered an opportunity to update around the SJ program, although feedback from the City was limited in terms of possible liaisons or partnerships for job opportunities. They recommended we reach out to the REB.

Maegan discussed her outreach to direct program leaders at the REB, e.g., the point person for the health care initiative and making good contacts for job and training opportunities. The group agreed that this path is a promising one, and Maegan will continue the outreach with other initiatives such as manufacturing.

The group also agreed that outreach with FutureWorks has been productive, with a more direct link now established for sharing info and job opportunities. Outreach with STCC has also produced the same good pathways.

Chicopee – In attendance were Economic Development Director Mike Vedovelli and CDGB director Kathleen Lingenburg, Ashley Brehm, Steve Huntley, Pamela Schwartz. An exciting connection was made between Secure Jobs and Chicoopee’s new CDGB funded Business Assistance program for businesses within a particular downtown business district. Mike and Kathleen suggested that explicit encouragement could be made to businesses receiving funds (for capital improvements or expansion) to utilize Secure Jobs support to fulfill their requirements to provide employment opportunities to low-income individuals. Ashley is following up with Chicopee staff to solidify next steps.

Outreach to Senator Lesser: Maegan updated the group on its statewide Secure Jobs call, including the advocacy for FY18 funding. The statewide coalition is seeking $2 million to fully fund the program (the Governor’s FY18 budget included $800,000, level-funded compared to FY17). It was suggested on the call that outreach to Senator Lesser would be an important step towards advancing a broader base of Western MA support for the program. The group agreed to have Pamela reach out to Senator Lesser to try to schedule a meeting date. It was acknowledged that this meeting, while focused on Secure Jobs, would also include note of the Network’s other FY18 budget priorities since it is likely the Network will have only one meeting through the budget process.

Meeting schedule and next meeting date:
We agreed to experiment with meeting every other month, providing virtual updates by email in between. Therefore our next meeting will be on:

Wednesday, April 5
11 am – 12:15 pm
Holyoke Public Library
250 Chestnut Street

Secure Jobs Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes – 1/4/17

Secure Jobs Advisory Committee
January 4, 2017

 In attendance: Ashley Brehm, HAPHousing, Bud Delphin, CareerPoint, Joanne LaCour, DTA, Lisa Lapierre, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Madeline Martinez, HAPHousing, Johnny Miranda, HAPHousing, Maegan Pedemonti, HAPHousing, George Ryan, Hampshire County Regional Employment Board, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Maricelli Serrano, BerkshireWorks

December 2016 Progress Report: Click here.
Hampden County: 7 placements in December, average wage of $12.25 (great progress!). Success story shared (see progress report) – fantastic work!

Franklin/Hampshire County: 3 enrollments and 4 referrals in process. Referrals coming from Greenfield Family Inn (ServiceNet) – good relationship building – and within the CEIS programs. Also utilizing WIOA to pay for CNA training. Good leveraging of resources.

Berkshire County: no new enrollments. Continuing to support ongoing enrollee who is placed and happy in her employment.

Other updates:
CareerPoint and FutureWorks have been recertified under WIOA and are working on collaboration to pool resources and integrate and maximize capacity, e.g., sharing business services staff. All One Stops are working under WIOA on new focus on populations facing barriers, including the homeless population.

FutureWorks (Kevin Lynn) and HAP (Ashley Brehm) met prior to this meeting (with Pamela, too) to discuss expanding collaboration. Ashley and Kevin will follow-up around creating a point of contact at FW and other pathways to maximizing the utilization of resources.

Mayor Meetings:
We reviewed the upcoming schedule of meetings with Mayors’ offices:

Holyoke: January 10, 3:30 pm, Holyoke City Hall
with Mayor Alex Morse
Secure Jobs: Ashley, Bud, Pamela and possibly a representative from HCC

Springfield: Thursday, January 12, 10 am, 70 Tapley Street, Springfield
with Kevin Kennedy, Chief Development Officer; Gerry McCafferty, Director of Housing
Secure Jobs: Ashley, Kevin, John (STCC), Pamela

Chicopee: week of Jan. 16th (to be determined)
with Mike Vedovelli, the Director of Community and Economic Development;
Kathleen Lingenberg, head of CDBG Action Planning process.
Secure Jobs: Ashley, Bud, Pamela and possibly Stephen Huntley of VOC
Note: since our meeting, this date has been established for Friday, 1/20, 9:30 am, Chicopee City Hall

We agreed our agenda would be to introduce Secure Jobs, demonstrate the impact the program has on homelessness and economic development and launch a discussion around possible areas of collaboration. Our measures of success from this meeting are: (1) city official investment in the continued success of this program (as evidenced by willingness to collaborate) and (2) a point of contact in each city around employment opportunities.

Maegan will provide hand-out summarizing impact.

Next meeting date: Feb. 1, 11 am – 12:15, Holyoke Public Library

Secure Jobs Advisory Committee Minutes – 12/7/16

Secure Jobs Advisory Committee
December 7, 2016

In attendance: Ashley Brehm, HAPHousing, Bud Delphin, CareerPoint, Joanne LaCour, DTA, Lisa Lapierre, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, John Lewis, STCC, Madeline Martinez, HAPHousing, Johnny Miranda, HAPHousing, Maegan Pedemonti, HAPHousing, George Ryan, Hampden County Regional Employment Board, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Maricelli Serrano, BerkshireWorks

November Progress Report (Hampden County): Click here. 49 placements so far, well in excess of 37 placement goal for fiscal year. Great success stories (see attachment for more detail).

Franklin/Hampshire update: Lisa reported their program is working with 7 referrals as of now. Will have enrolled participants soon. Two participants are working with the CEIS program and Secure Jobs is providing important additional support.

Berkshire update: Maricelli reported that one person has been hired.

WIOA update: A statewide partners conference was held earlier this week (many of the people around this table attended). Bud shared the two-fold challenge of WIOA: respond to business’ employment needs and meet the employment needs of challenged populations. Sometimes these goals can push up against each other. But the lower employment rate overall puts a focus on finding employment for the harder-to-serve populations. CareerPoint reported a total of 212 people identified as homeless have used their services since July, 2016.

Secure Jobs State Agency Update: Ashley reported on the statewide meetings regarding the state agency shift for the program. It is almost definite that DTA will be the new state agency home for Secure Jobs in FY18. DTA and DHCD are in close conversations, developing an MOU between them to work out the details of the collaboration. We agreed this could be a very positive move with DTA’s determination to meet barriers facing participants. We also acknowledged the connecting work of Linn Torto, executive director of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness.

Policy/advocacy focus discussion: We agreed that our educational efforts around Secure Jobs will focus first on outreach to Hampden County mayors. Pamela will reach out for separate meetings with Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee mayors. We will include: Ashley (representing Secure Jobs), Pamela (representing the Network), Career Center serving each city, educational representative (e.g, STCC, HCC, VOC). For HCC, Pamela will reach out to Kermit Dunkleberg – assistant vp for business and education (via Jeff Hayden). Pamela will be in touch after initial contact is made.

The focus of the meeting will be educating the city leaders about the program and to engage in dialogue about possible partnerships.

Next meeting: Jan 4, 11 – 12:15, Holyoke Public Library (subject to confirmation)