January 2019 Minutes 01-07-2019

Call to order: 6:13pm

Welcome and Introductions

Reviewed all eligible to vote tonight – able to make quorum

Current members attempted to contact all missing members who are eligible to vote

Introduction of new members

Review/Approval of Meeting Minutes – previous meeting minutes unavailable

Police Report –Lt. Mark O’Neill

No report

Fire Department

No report

LCI Report – Lauri Lopez

No report

Old Business

Vote to Executive Board

Chair, Chair, Vice-Chair Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary

Michelle Lee Rodriguez – running for Chair, lifelong fair haven resident, interested in supporting the community and making it a better environment for everyone, wants the whole team to collaborate to work together

Mishele E. Rodriguez – running for Vice Chair, continuing

Kimberly Acosta – running for Recording secretary, likes to take notes and prides herself on her note taking,

Susan Regan – running for Treasurer, bookkeeper by profession, lived in fair haven for 13 years

David Weinreb – running for corresponding secretary, excited to take on the role, bilingual teacher in the community, step up regular email communication and social media presence, wants to move the meeting to the library, looking to help things improve and run more smoothly

Discussion from community: important to have the meeting focus on the community for their priority and not the outside enterprises who are coming for our support for grants and things; may be helpful to use the neighborhood works/new horizons community center as a meeting space

Ballots passed out to voting members

Final tally

Chair – Diane Ecton, Michelle Lee Rodriguez

Vice Chair – Mishele E. Rodriguez

Recording Secretary – Kimberly Acosta

Treasurer – Susan Regan

Corresponding Secretary – David Weinreb

Would be a good idea for people coming for the CDBG grants that we limit how many can come; this is hard for the agencies because the applications come out in November and if they are providing services in your community they need a letter of support by January; if an organization is serving fair haven we may be able to figure out who they are and better organize/present their information

Thank you to LeAnne Reynolds for being the recording secretary for the last few years and David Weinreb

Discussion – get translating boxes with headphones to help with the future meetings, have the meeting minutes in Spanish going forward, add to the agenda for the next meeting to form a committee and revise the bylaws

TABLED FROM NOVEMBER MEETING

Farnum Neighborhood House

Guns Down Books Up

Catholic Charities

Emergency Shelter Management

TABLED FROM DECEMBER MEETING

ELM CITY PARKS CONSERVANCY - MARGE OTTENBREIT

PARTENTING STUDENT CHILD CARE – ROBIN EVANS

SOLAR YOUTH PROGRAM – DEBORAH ORTIZ

ELM CITY INTERNATIONAL – LAUREN MEDNICK

MARY WADE HOME – DAVID HUNTER

Moved that we vote on the November and December items as soon as we reach quorum

New Business

VERTICAL CHURCH – ELDER PAUL BRONSON

Started the food pantry in the Fair Haven substation

For the last 3 months averaged over 100 families

For thanksgiving gave out over 50 turkey baskets

Able to get fresh produce from the food bank and loaves and fishes

Open on the 3rd Saturday of the month to help families make it through the month until the start of the next month

Gave out about 150 turkeys and baskets to the elderly

Looking to open another food pantry at the Atwater senior center

Has a lot of cardboard after the Saturday distributions

Would like to use the recycle bins out front

Will work to speak with the school to see if they can be utilized

BOARD OF EDUCATION – SERGIO RODRIGUEZ

Asking for a letter of support for the CDBG grant that they are applying to receive

Had over 120 homeless children in the district last year and about 35-40%of the kids are in fair haven

Looking to provide comprehensive case management, identify unaccompanied minors (last year there were 9 this year there are almost 30), increase outreach to students and the community, design and expand homeless training, evaluate the work that they are going to review and revise

FAMILY HOPE JUSTICE CENTER – PAOLA SEREECCHIA

Umbrella center for domestic services

Serving 19 towns including New Haven

One stop shop where individuals can go if they are being abused and/or stalked

Can go there for services including police, social service agencies for adults and children

Having one of these centers in New Haven is very necessary and would be the 2nd one in the state the other is in Bridgeport

Should be opening in March

The Dixwell location is open 2 days a week

Discussion – can we get information about how many fair haven community members utilize their services (yes)

LULAC – KELLY DAVIS

Sharing the opportunity, they must move to a new building – looking to move off of James Street

Has been in fair haven for 30 years

Birth to 5 head start center that provides comprehensive services to families

106 Haven Street – currently an empty warehouse

Will be able to house what they need, including a 2nd floor that can be built for their additional services

When the building is complete, they will move in to avoid an interruption of services

Thanking the community for being a partner and sharing that they have worked hard to remain in the community

OPENING OF NEW BUSINESS – JOHN MCFADYEN

No report

 

Community Presentations

Haven free clinic run by the Yale students

Flyer handed out

Would love to partner with agency community

Currently located downtown on 800 Howard Ave

All services are provided in English and Spanish

Always looking for interpreters

Anyone looking to volunteer

Must be uninsured to qualify for services

Announcements

Fair Haven Library programs

See attached flyer

1/27 from 1-5 at the Atwater

Looking at the Chatham Square annual retreat

Presentation of information and data that has been collected

Snow Turner

Literacy Volunteers

Call 203-776-5899 for more information

Looking for more volunteers

Must take 3-4 trainings before becoming a volunteer

See attached flyers

Fair Haven Festival

Looking to start planning for this year’s late May festival

If you are interested in volunteering or participating contact David Weinreb

Farnum Community House

Looking to become more involved in the community

Will be attending future meetings

Catholic Charities

Looking to learn and become more involved in the community

Will be attending future meetings

Adjournment: 7:26pm