Success Stories

RYSE Haleiwa Project

Posted on Oct 11, 2020 in News, Success Stories

The Haleiwa Project came about because it simply made sense to its partners: Alternative Structures International (ASI)/Kahumana, Residential Youth Services & Empowerment (RYSE), and ALEA Bridge. RYSE became involved because the former occupant of the property (Central Oahu Youth Services Association) and the Haleiwa community wanted the site to continue to serve youth. Meanwhile, ASI/Kahumana ...
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In late June, the Office of the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness received an email from a Laie community member about a gentleman named “John” who had been living at a bus stop for several months. John had numerous bodily ailments and had trouble walking, but was friendly and non-threatening. John hailed from Utah and had ...
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About four years ago, “Anna” met a man online who “was very kind” to her. They struck up a long-distance relationship in which they chatted by video several times a day. Anna, who has a young son from her ex-husband, decided to come to Hawaii to visit the boyfriend because she figure that if he ...
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Hale Kipa’s Step-Up Housing Program on O‘ahu assists former foster youth in obtaining a safe and affordable place to call home. Under the City & County of Honolulu’s Family Unification Program (Section 8), Step-Up Housing provides Housing Choice vouchers to youth aging out of foster care. Participants receive a voucher, funded by the U.S. Department ...
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Did you know that Residential Youth Services & Empowerment (RYSE) has a medical clinic on its Kailua campus? It specializes in adolescent health care, with linkages to family planning, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment. It also offers COVID-19 testing, tuberculosis screenings and pre-employment physicals. “RYSE clinic plays an essential role in empowering these young ...
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Each day, hundreds of domestic violence survivors and their children receive shelter and housing services from providers statewide1.  While the array of supportive services offered ranges from counseling and safety planning to emergency sheltering and housing, all providers agree: more resources are needed to meet the growing demand.  In March 2020, the City & County ...
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Kupa ʻAina, a program of Partners in Development Foundation, is centered on restoring indigenous foods and food systems for the people of Hawaii to support the eradication of poverty by improving food equity for future generations. Now in the second year of operation, Kupa ‘Aina operates a five-acre demonstrative commercial luau farm practicing natural farming methods to establish ...
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The following stories were collected from homeless service providers throughout the year, and reflect the collaboration and partnership necessary to address and end homelessness as a community.   “Jane” is 22 years old and the head of household for a local family, which includes Jane and her two younger sisters.  Catholic Charities Hawai’i Intake Specialist Roddy ...
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