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WHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION

The Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative is a creation of the Hampden County Sheriff's Department which operates as 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.

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LEADERSHIP VISION

My name is Eddie Caisse and I have been working at the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department (HCSD) for the past 27 years.

In those years and specifically in the past fourteen years, I have seen firsthand many of the root causes that have influenced young people to go down a road that has led to incarceration.
 

My vision for the Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative is to build unity within our community and create opportunities for youth and families to be connected to the support they need to live healthy, happy and economically viable lives and to be part of making Holyoke a better Holyoke.

NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATORS 

 Play a vital role in developing relationships with key stakeholders and community residents through outreach, community activities and neighborhood meetings.   Our vision is to have neighborhood wards work together to address quality of life and crime issues, thus making our neighborhoods safer for youth and families.

WARD 1

(Flats)

SAMUEL SHARPE

"Helping the youth develop a passion for success to better themselves & their families is the goal."

(413) 858-0958

samuelbsharpe61@gmail.com

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WARD 2

(South Holyoke)

SEAN GARVEY

“There is an incredible value in being of service of others in South Holyoke. Investing time and resources in our youth can help build a stronger and more united community.” 

 (413) 519-1634

sean.garvey@sdh.state.ma.us

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WARD 3

(Elmwood)

GLEN SEXTON

“Ward 3 residents are working together to make a difference and enhance the quality of life on the streets and in the neighborhoods they live. It’s a team effort for a better community.”

(413) 858-2851

glen.sexton@sdh.state.ma.us

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WARD 4

(Churchill)

RAFAEL SANTOS

“Happiness and Life is all about Community Building - lifting others up - Let us build life together.”

(413) 858-0959

rafael.santos@sdh.state.ma.us

WARD 5

(Target Whiting's Farms)

MADELINE FERNANDEZ

“My philosophy is bringing neighbors together, creating sense of belonging, providing a physical and mental health boost strengthen neighborhood ties and promotes a safer and health community they can rely on.”

(413) 278-5560

madeline.fernandez@sdh.state.ma.us

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WARD 6

(Target Beaudoin Village & Jarvis Heights)

WILLIAM COURCHESNE

“As the Ward 6 Neighborhood Watch Coordinator it is my goal to make a difference in more than crime prevention.  I will work to provide all that is needed to make our neighborhood safe, healthy and happy through commitment, collaboration, services and mutual respect.  By caring for each other we can make a difference.”

(413) 858-0015

william.courchesne@sdh.state.ma.us

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