Resident engagement services

Education & Literacy

We are addressing multiple literacies through:

Liberty Hill’s children’s library, homework room and computer room

Enriched Out-of-School time activities for youth

4H STEM Clubs

Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes

Financial Literacy classes and groups


Thanks to a grant from The Hall Foundation we offered a high impact, Health and Literacy focused summer program to 25 young students from our Liberty Hill property during the summer of 2017.


Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Western Mass in 2017-2018, we are partnering with Enchanted Circle Theater, UMass Extension 4H and others to develop and offer creative, engaging opportunities that foster child and family literacy.

Food Access & Health

Home City Resident Engagement supports food access and healthy eating through:


Mobile Food Bank 

Twice each month an average of 140 families receive free, fresh food and meat through our partnership with The Food Bank of Western Mass which distributes the food at our Halsey St. parking lot via their mobile pantry.


Tapley Gardens

Thanks to a generous donation from NEI General Contracting, residents, staff and community partners created a beautiful and welcoming 2400 square foot edible garden. This provides opportunities for residents and neighbors to learn about the natural world, feed our families, and support healthy futures. Residents, staff, and community partners planned the garden. Our Youth Leaders created the garden. Summer programs for children are held in the garden as well as activities for all ages.


At Tapley Gardens we:

Develop young leaders

Practice sustainable gardening

Improve the site

Catch and store rainwater

Provide outdoor gathering spaces

Generate a sense of place, ownership, security and community


Home City Pantry

Thanks to a grant from United Way of the Pioneer Valley, we supply 30 bags/month of groceries to our residents who are experiencing food insecurity, and lunch to children at our Liberty Hill property during the January, February and April school vacations.  Also, thanks to a partnership with Sodexo, we provide free lunch to any Springfield child all summer, at our Liberty Hill property.

Job Readiness & Career Development

Working together to develop hard and soft skills necessary for acquiring work that pays a living wage


Currently we provide opportunities through:


 Youth Leadership Development

Summer Youth Employment

Job Readiness Programs

English for Speakers of Other Languages classes

Computer Room

Financial Literacy classes

Career Readiness programs

Collaboration with Springfield Works!


Coming in 2018

The Bay Neighborhood Makerspace 


A “Makerspace”  is a community center with tools.


We have purchased a 4,400 square foot building on Bay Street in Springfield and will set aside a portion of the space as a makerspace, where people can to come together, learn from one another, be creative and make things. We are partnering with the Boys and Girls Club Family Center of Springfield to offer STEM programs for teens and more. 


 

We plan to offer a variety of Maker Workshops, as well as tools and supplies, that allow people to design, prototype and build things that it wouldn’t be possible to build with the resources available to individuals working alone.

Makerspaces are a fairly new phenomenon, but are beginning to generate outcomes with significant national impact. Makerspaces represent the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education by providing access to equipment, community, and education.

Curious about Makerspaces?
For more information on what’s happening in the world of Makerspaces visit MakerEd and Makezine.