Monday, October 7, 2013
8 am to 9 am
The Forum House
55 Broad Street
Westfield, MA 01085
The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce invites you to have coffee with Mayor Knapik in a very informal setting. Please join us to hear first-hand from Mayor Knapik about key issues and to get an update on construction projects. The mayor also welcomes any questions or concerns you may have.
The coffee hours are free, informative and open to the public, so come and join us!
To register please call Pam Bussell at the Chamber office 413.568.1618 or email her at gro.zibdleiftsewnull@ofni.
Let us introduce ourselves. We are Odyssey House, one of HRU’s newest clubhouse modeled Programs, located in Holyoke. Since our opening on July first, we have been working very hard to develop our program and to establish ourselves in our community… It has truly been an odyssey. Throughout the past two and a half months, we have spent a great deal of time working with our members to create a fun, exciting, work focused environment. We have been focusing on the strengths, talents and abilities of our members, while sending a consistent message of “you can.” Our members have taken a lead role in the development of our different departments, our policies, and organizing our clubhouse space. This has been a very exciting time for all of us.
Over the next month, Odyssey House staff and members will be reaching out to our local community to promote our program and to get our name out there. We have scheduled a number of businesses, agencies, and politicians to come in and tour Odyssey house this fall, including our Mayor, who will be visiting with us twice this month! Also, our open house on October 11th is expected to be well attended. Odyssey house colleagues are eagerly looking forward to continuing on our journey of providing high quality recovery based services in the greater Holyoke area.
Pyramid Project is constantly looking for ways to be a part of the community while promoting a company-widehealth and wellness initiative. We researched a variety of ways to get involved in our community and to get healthy doing it, and urban gardening hit the spot! Not only was it a way to get us involved in some serious skill-building, it was an amazing path to take in order to get connected to our community in a real way.
We began our urban gardening project by connecting with Christ Presbyterian Church, Springfield in March of 2012. We exchanged ideas and before we knew it, we had a beautiful piece of land to use to activate our newly acquired organic living knowledge. We learned how to cultivate the land through speaking to community organizers with farming expertise and during this process we reaped something memorable and worth-while! Besides gaining some serious agricultural know-how, several of our folks became stronger health-wise: several individuals lost weight, improved their stamina, and worked on some of their individual goals while gaining an understanding of the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables (free of harsh chemicals and pesticides!).
Pyramid Project, a program of Human Resources Unlimited, provides day habilitation services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to engage each member in an activity to increase their skill base while encouraging active engagement that is stimulating and enjoyable. Urban gardening, as stated previously, was a good way to address skill areas (according to individual needs’ assessments) such as gross and fine motor dexterity development, community orientation and mobility, competence in survival and interpersonal/social interaction while getting involved in the community in a meaningful way.
It was truly a success: so great was the overall betterment of our program, it became a no-brainer that we continue this venture into 2013. Individuals participating continue to grow and experience a successful venture.
Hello everyone, and let us be the first to introduce you to Berkshire Pathways! We are the newest HRU clubhouse, situated in beautiful downtown Pittsfield. We’d like to share with you all the work we’ve been doing recently at our brand new location. So far things have been very exciting! Our members have been as eager to learn about us as we are to learn about them, a great combination that has given to a lot of new great connections. We recently came across an amazing opportunity for our members and staff alike, in the form of a local garden in rural Pittsfield called the “Giving Garden.” We brought several interested members to plant some late season vegetables which was a great learning opportunity for all. We can’t wait until next spring to begin really “growing our roots” and having quite a bit of land to take care of. Otherwise, our members have been all over- we’ve done community days, celebrated birthdays, played with kittens, and planned for karaoke and picnics. Our numbers are always growing and members are being patient as we settle in to our location, yet they are always willing to lend a hand and give their thoughts on all our new policies. Despite all the rapid changes, we have had a lot of great memories already, making us all feel that we can work together to make this our new home. We look forward to being around for a long time, and we hope to give you more great updates soon! The Berkshire Pathways Members and Staff
HRU’s Star Light Center and Forum House programs will participate in United Way’s Day of Caring event being held on Friday, August 30th. Approximately 20 volunteers will be working with our two programs throughout the day on painting and landscaping projects to help improve the appearance of each program inside and outside. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in this wonderful community event and look forward to working with our project volunteers to make our programs look better for our members and our communities!
Thank you United Way!
Walk Across America
Human Resources Unlimited and Health New England are partnering to bring the Walk Across America program to HRU! This innovative walking program brings friendly competition to members and staff alike to see who can reach California first. The HRU Wellness Champions in our programs and departments are doing an awesome job to motivate participants to move across the map while setting nutritious goals to earn extra steps!
Star Light Center held its “Fit Together Get Together” February Social at Fit Together Gym and attended their first hoop jam class. Participants of the class enjoyed a great work out saying “This work out will really knock you out!”
We would like to thank all the Elms College nursing students that came to visit us at the Star Light Center! They observed and joined in all of our activities at the club house and helped us to build our cooking skills in accordance with executive order 509 standards. They also provided us with a wonderful presentation about how to work with the 509 along with a wonderful cookbook. This special cookbook was filled with recipes meant to satisfy the hungriest of tummies with the healthiest of minds, Thanks again!
We had a phenomenal response to the Health Harmony program – we are all certainly more educated about many different health topics!
The drawing for the grand prize was held at the November 30th Wellness Committee meeting with the winner being Pattie Robinson! Pattie won with her entry on Headaches and will enjoy shopping at Foot Locker, Big Y, Stop and Shop and other great stores!
The Wellness Committee would like to send kudos to Maria Garrity at Health New England for donating half of the prize for the Health Harmony program! The Wellness Committee has met with great enthusiasm over the course of the last year. We have gained some new members since Don’s presentation at Staff Development Day and welcome any staff who wishes to participate in this awesome committee!
Beantowne, Whip City Candle Company’s store, located at 28 North Elm Street in Westfield, is hosting a holiday fundraiser on Thursday, December 13th from 4-7 pm. A portion of all sales during that evening will benefit the Forum House, a Westfield-based rehabilitation service.
Forum House is a program of Human Resources Unlimited of Springfield. This program provides services to over 350 adults with mental illness annually in the greater Westfield area, assisting individuals to become employed, return to school, find safe, affordable housing, and take back control of their lives and their recovery. Human Resources Unlimited, is a 42 year old not for profit organization providing high quality community rehabilitation services to over 1000 individuals with disabilities and disadvantage annually, in Hampden, Hampshire and southern Worcester Counties.
Beantowne offers soy-based candles, hand dipped plush animals in natural soy and a unique assortment of gift items.