DV task force – in existence since 2000
Integrated a local advocate who works in Hardwick, Warren and Ware.
Poll: do we need a DV shelter for 6-week to 6-month stays in Ware?
Answers: Yes there’s a need, but there’s differences of opinion on the size and location of the shelter.
Shelter: usually a house with beds for at least 6 people with overnight staff. Staff are trained and can’t be subpoenaed by law. People call; staff do an intake. Advocates in the shelter help clients meet goals – restraining orders, take a break, etc. Shelter doesn’t take any rent or fees.
Advantage of local shelter: kids aren’t disrupted, can stay in school.
Shelters can be mixed gender.
Closest shelter to Ware is Safe Passage in Northampton, 45 minutes away.
Significant work with elders.
Children come with parents to the shelter.
Shelter would be tied in with PATCH services.
Red Fire Farm has agreed to make Hillside village a dropoff point for a farm share. Vegetable produce only. Project Bread has committed to work with DTA to subsidize the farm share. $80/month of food stamps. Needs 20 people on SNAP to agree to have the $80 taken off their EBT card each month to pay for it.
Veteran’s Breakfast Ware Sr Center May 28 9-11am
Healthy Families Worcester and Hampshire – healthyfamiliesma.org
Here are quick overviews of the meetings; for full minutes and agendas, see the "Meetings" and "Task Force" tabs.