Category Archives: Training

Overcoming Tenant Screening Barriers: PowerPoint Presentation

Last Thursday, October 4, the Network hosted a training on Overcoming Tenant Screening Barriers at Holyoke Community College. Over 60 people attended from across the 4 Western Counties.  Attorney Jane Edmonstone from Community Legal Aid offered an excellent training, which included this PowerPoint Presentation. I wanted to offer it to you all!

Attorney Edmonstone is happy to offer similar community based organizations to your own organization or a group of organizations on this topic. Feel free to contact her at jedmonstone@cla-ma.org with an inquiry of this nature.  To make an inquiry about an individual case, please go to this page on CLA’s website to find out the process.

Finally, Esther Darko, an attorney with Central-West Justice (a sister organization of CLA), also offered her assistance, especially in situations where housing applicants are suffering barriers as a result of being a victim of a crime (e.g., sexual assault or domestic violence).  You can reach her at edarko@cwjustice.org or 413-727-7102.

Thanks to our partners in the legal community for their great work!

Cliff Effects Conference – November 28

Save the date from the Commonwealth Workforce Coalition:

We are pleased to announce our event on Cliff Effects: Progress and Possibilities to be held on November 28th at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester from 9:30 – 3:30.

Learn about the latest initiatives and policy efforts to address cliff effects, and engage in peer learning to develop solutions.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information coming soon!

Basic Mediation Training – 6/8-6/23

From Community Action of Pioneer Valley (click here for the flyer)

June 8-23, 2018:  Basic Mediation Training

Offered by The Mediation & Training Collaborative, a program of Community Action Pioneer Valley, in collaboration with Holyoke Community College

  • 40 hour training for anyone interested in learning simple steps for dealing with fights or disagreements effectively, and gaining skills and confidence in handling, and helping others manage, challenging situations.
  • Interactive training includes practice with basic mediation steps and skills, experienced coach and trainer feedback with role-plays, and lively discussion sessions.
  • Court- and bar-approved mediation program. MA TAFL CLEs (or VT CLEs) generally available.
  • Five full-day sessions (June 8, 9, 15, 16 and 23, 2018, 8:30 to 5:30 each day). Held in Holyoke, MA (details with registration).
  • $840 fee. Flexible payment arrangements and general scholarship support may be available, and we have special scholarship support for a few bilingual (Spanish/English) individuals interested in contributing to a pilot Training Development project. Please inquire for details.
  • For more details, contact TMTC (413-475-1505, mediation@communityaction.us), or see our website: https://www.communityaction.us/tmtc-upcoming-trainings

Job Fairs; Resources for PR Evacuees

At our Career Services Committee meeting yesterday, the following job fair, resources and training information was provided and I wanted to make sure you were all aware:

MGM/STCC English Language training for PR evacuees: Info sessions on May 9, 10 and 11. Trainings from May 15 to May 31. For more information, click here for the English language flyer; and click here for the Spanish language flyer.

Martin Brower Job Fair: Wed., May 16, 1 pm – 3 pm, CareerPoint, 850 High Street, Holyoke. Available Jobs: associate drivers, yard jockeys; fueler/trailer washers; warehouse associates; diesel mechanic A; class A drivers

CareerPoint Job Fair: Thursday, May 31, 10 am – 12 pm, CareerPoint, 850 High Street, Holyoke. MasterCorp is recruiting for housekeeping and houseman positions for Oak n Spruce Resort and Jiminy Peak Resort.  Master Corp is Spanish speaking friendly, seeking qualified candidates with a concentration on evacuees from Puerto Rico. Each resort will provide transportation to and from the resort for employees.  For more information or transportation needs, please contact: Frank Martinez at fmartinez@careerpointma.org  or Robert Wojcik at rwojcik1@careerpointma.org

FutureWorks Job Fair: Monday, June 4, 4 pm – 7 pm, Basketball Hall of Fame. Check the website at www.futureworksjobs.org the week before to see the list of employers attending and types of positions available.  

National Emergency Grant for Evacuees is a resource offered through each Career Center in the region which includes employment support (job development, placement, ESOL) for people from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands who were evacuated due to the hurricane. 

CareerPoint offers sessions every Wed. at 1 pm – contact Frank Martinez at fmartinez@careerpointma.org with questions

FutureWorks: Contact Maria Adorno, 413-858-2856, madorno@futureworksjobs.org or Richard Berrena at 413-858-2885, rberrena@futureworksjobs.org

Franklin Hampshire Career Center: Contact Lisa Lapierre at lisalapierre@fhcareers.org, 413-774-4361 x 332.

BerkshireWorks: Contact Pamela Wojrkowski at  pwojtkowski@berkshireworks.org, 413-499-2220 x183.

If you haven’t already, please be sure to register the Homelessness Resource Fair for Providers on Thurs., June 14, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, by going to Registration Form.