“My prayers were answered.”

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“I was struggling for a while. I had to ask for help and The Salvation Army Family Services Office answered my prayers.”

46-year-old Isabella G. is a single mother of two boys. They live in a small apartment in Waialua, where Isabella runs her own cleaning business for the bed and breakfasts on the North Shore. “Being a business owner, I didn’t think that I would be in the position to need anyone’s help. I prided myself on being able to take care of my boys and paying our bills,” she said.

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Isabella and her sons a few years ago.

Just a year ago, Isabella started to feel a stabbing pain in her back. “My doctor said I had to rest and take medication to relieve the pain. I couldn’t work and I fell behind on my rent, so we had to move. We moved to six places in the last year and were homeless for two months. I was a mess,” said Isabella. She broke down and asked her landlord for help. He suggested that she contact The Salvation Army Family Services Office, which helps families in need with rental assistance, food, and a connection to resources. Isabella called and was able to get a rent check in less than a week. “I’m so thankful. Not being able to work because of my back had set us back so much. The Salvation Army is a blessing to single moms like me.”

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Isabella and The Salvation Army FSO staff. From left to right – Victor Cordero, Isabella G., and Ipo Paia.

Today Isabella is much better thanks to lots of rest and help from The Salvation Army. “I’m in a good place and my boys are happy. My son, who is 17, has found a part-time job to help out until I fully recover from my back condition. Thank you for all that you’ve done to help me and my family.”

Visit fso.salvationarmy.org to learn more about our services and programs.

“I had no hope.”

By Brandi Salas

daniel2“There was a time where I was homeless and I didn’t have anywhere to go in the end,” said Daniel A., a graduate of The Salvation Army Addiction Treatment Services (ATS). “No one wanted me around, I burned all my bridges. I had nothing, I had no hope.”

46-year-old Daniel A. struggled with an addiction to drugs and alcohol for 20 years and realized he needed to change. He had attempted to rehabilitate his addiction in 1995, but failed. Three years ago, he decided he was going to change for good and walked into ATS with an open mind and a willingness to become independent and self sufficient.

“He really wanted to get this time right. I helped him understand when his addiction would come into play and when it was clouding his judgment. He then started to focus on what life he wanted for himself,” said ATS Outpatient Supervisor, Anne Toyofuku. “She showed me when to recognize when a thought was healthy or not for me. That played a big role in when it was time for me to get my first job again,” said Daniel. He soon heard of a job opportunity at Brett Hill Construction and was offered the job on the spot.screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-9-13-38-am

“I was ready to do whatever it took to become a good person, have a stable job, and become a great dad. My counselors at The Salvation Army ATS helped me do that and more,” said Daniel. “I now work for a great company that shows the same compassion as The Salvation Army. I’m helping others through my new job and that is empowering.”

“I’m able to live life honestly because of The Salvation Army. They were able to take someone who was down and out like me, out on the street with nothing and nobody. They gave me the tools to become a productive member of society. I pay my bills today, I have a license, I have a job, I have a car, and I pay my taxes,” said Daniel.

Daniel thanks supporters like you for providing hope and resources to those in need in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. “If one person’s generosity helped save one person, that person can turn around and help another. We need to continue that positive cycle of support in the community.”

Click here to learn more about The Salvation Army Addiction Treatment Services.

New hobbies and lots of fun – at 83!

“I used to sit and watch soap operas all day. Now I cannot keep still. I like the aerobics class because the music makes me feel young again and the instructor is so funny.”

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83-year-old Ana Casil and her son, Kane, live in a small two-bedroom apartment. Ana’s doctor was concerned about her level of activity at home and that she needed to get outside and exercise during the day in order to stay healthy. Kane, who works full-time as an administrative assistant, wanted to find an affordable wellness program for his mother that would encourage her to stay active and socialize during the day.

“I heard about The Salvation Army Adult Day Health Services (ADHS) through a friend. I applied for my mom to attend four days a week and now she’s into all sorts of hobbies and activities,” said Kane.

Ana regularly participates in Tai Chi, aerobics, and cooking classes each week. “I used to sit and watch soap operas all day. Now I cannot keep still. I like the aerobics class because the music makes me feel young again and the instructor is so funny,” said Ana.

Located at the gateway to Downtown Honolulu, ADHS serves more than 60 seniors in need of care during the day while their loved ones are at work. The center provides daily supervision through affordable services, socialization, nursing and therapeutic services, and senior housing for those eligible. Learn more about our ADHS program at seniorcare.salvationarmy.org.

FSO conducts homeless outreach

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Today The Salvation Army Family Services Office (FSO) homeless outreach team handed out bottled water and food to families and individuals in need. Our team doesn’t see their work as a hand down, but a hand up. They’re providing prayer and information to ensure these individuals are aware of resources that can provide them employment opportunities or access to housing through other agencies.
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“These people are people,” one woman who lives on River Street said. “Some of us don’t have a contingency plan and we end up here. I’m still attending Leeward Community College and when I graduate, I’ll find a job and get off the streets. I’m making it work with what I have right now and any information or help is appreciated.”
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Learn more on how we plan to address the homeless issue by registering for The Salvation Army CEO Sleepout at CEOSLEEPOUTHAWAII.org. All proceeds raised will benefit our Family Services across Hawaii.
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For more information on our Family Services, visit fso.salvationarmy.org.

Echelon delivers school supplies to Aiea Elementary School’s 4th Graders

Echelon surprise Today The Salvation Army Echelon Hawaii members surprised 4th graders at Aiea Elementary School with school supplies and a pizza party courtesy of Papa John’s Hawaii!

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Left to Right: The Salvation Army Direct Mail and Digital Strategist, Daniel Chong, Echelon Members Corinne Hiromoto, Joshua Tokars, Erin Kanno Uehara, The Salvation Army Chief Development Officer, Jennifer Hee, and Echelon members Darah Dung, and Crystal Yamasaki.

Echelon Hawaii members Jeremy Shorenstein, chair, Joshua Tokars, Crystal Yamasaki, Erin Kanno Uehara, Darah Dung, and The Salvation Army Chief Development Officer, Jennifer Hee, collected school supplies in the last month and decided to donate them to a fourth grade class at Aiea Elementary School.

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Before receiving their backpack full of supplies, each student was asked to explain what they wanted to be when they’re older and how they plan to help others in their communities. Echelon Hawaii members were in awe of each student’s ambition to be doctors, nurses, artists, soldiers in the Army, photographers, and teachers.

“We came here thinking we’re going to give these 4th graders some much needed school supplies. But after learning who they were and their aspirations to be great leaders and help others in their communities, they gave all of us hope for a brighter future,” said Echelon member Erin Kanno Uehara. “These kids are the future of Hawaii and we’re so happy to give them tools that they need to learn and thrive in school.”

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After each student received a backpack, Echelon members served the class cheese and pepperoni pizza from Papa John’s Hawaii.

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The Salvation Army and our Echelon Hawaii members wish Aiea Elementary School 4th graders the best school year ever! 

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Click here to learn more about our Echelon Hawaii board.