Back to School Bash at Ulu Wini!
HOPE Services Hawaii celebrated with clients and volunteers at Na Kahua Hale O Ulu Wini housing program or “The Homes at Ulu Wini”, at a Back-to-School Bash on Sunday, July 29. HOPE was joined by community partners, businesses and organizations that provided donations, resource information, health screenings and volunteer support. The afternoon event included games for kids and families, facepainting, bar-b-que, and raffle prizes of household items.
“The results of our back to school bash became more of a success than I imagined.” Says Gideon Ramos, Director of Program Development at the Kaloko Housing, “The fact that we witnessed family’s who sponsored, put together, and personally gave our kids backpacks filled with school supplies was a priceless moment. It made the event that much more meaningful to our Ulu Wini children who received these school gifts. In the end, it was about building relationships between families and the results showed.” The main sponsors of the event were the church member families of Solid Rock Ministries and a family from Kuki’o who asked to remain anonymous.
Services and volunteers at the bash also included: the Hawaii Police Department’s Keiki ID program; the offices of Dr. Anne Marie Muromoto provided free dental checkups and educational sessions; Solid Rock Ministry members provided haircuts for keiki’s; HOPE Services provided family portrait picture taking; Family Support Hawaii; WorkForce Development: Big Island Workplace Connection & UH Manoa’s Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP); Youth With A Mission, St. Michael’s & St. Benedicts.
The 40-unit housing program on Hina Lani Street in Kailua-Kona has 11 two-bedroom transitional housing units, 28 units dedicated to low-income housing, and a resident manager’s apartment. Also known as the Kaloko Housing Project, this program was built by the County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development in partnership with HOPE Services Hawaii, which operates it.