HOLYOKE, Mass (WWLP) – The Hampden County Sheriffs Department and Agency Partners announced the new Holyoke Hub Community Mobilization Initiative. The Hub works with families and individuals that are facing difficult challenges and who may need services from more than just one community agency.

It’s a police-led initiative made up of designated staff from the community and government that meet weekly to address specific situations regarding clients facing elevated levels of risk that lead to harm, crime, or death.

“This is a place where all those agencies can come together and on an individual cases by case basis take a look at a student or family situation and really be collaborative and make sure we are servicing our students to the best of our ability,” said Anthony Soto, Superintendent of Holyoke Public Schools.

The Holyoke hub has more than 40 service agencies, ranging from medical to government and social services to better serve individuals or families, rather than going it alone.

Holyoke City Council-At-Large Israel Rivera told 22News, “So let’s say I’m working with a kid at a workshop and he would like to join a basketball league or he’s having issues at home with something. I have the connections already within this system to easily just call and say I have this person, can I send him over.”

The program is modeled after a similar one in Chelsea, Massachusetts where they have already dealt with more than 450 situations. The program has its first meeting on Friday and plan to meet every week after that.