New Year’s resolutions from our ADHS program

We politely interrupted a few of the seniors at our Adult Day Health Services (ADHS) during their exercise activity to ask them (and their nurses) what their resolutions or hopes would be for 2017. Here is what they shared:

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Wai Hin has been coming to ADHS for six years. She enjoys the fun activities and camaraderie among the nurses and fellow participants. “I’m blessed to be here. Marjorie is one of my favorite nurses because she makes me laugh all the time,” she said. Marjorie responded, “Wai Hin, YOU are the one that makes me laugh and you’re the reason why my job is so enjoyable. 2017 is going to be filled with more laughter!”

Wai Hin and her fellow participants, Nancy and Tomiko, enjoy the ADHS program, especially the exercise activities, cooking tutorials, musical performances by volunteer musicians or local churches, and keiki that visit and do arts and crafts. “Our program involves the entire community and our participants enjoy that,” said Stacy Honma, Administrator at ADHS. “We are blessed to serve these vibrant and fun-loving seniors every day and we look forward to continuing that next year.”

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The Salvation Army Adult Day Health Services (ADHS) program currently serves up to 60 kūpuna in the Honolulu community. ADHS nurses and staff provide meals, therapy, and activities to improve the quality of life for participants. To learn more about our ADHS program, visit seniorcare.salvationarmy.org

King Kaumualiʻi Elementary School donates food items to The Salvation Army in Līhuʻe

 

15542122_1187419881326893_5902494734522647653_nSalvation Army Līhuʻe Corps Officer and Kauaʻi County Coordinator, Lt. Elizabeth Gross, spontaneously jumped up to dance with students to Shakira’s “Waka Waka.”

Our Salvation Army Līhuʻe Corps Officer and Kauaʻi County Coordinator, Lt. Elizabeth Gross, visited the King Kaumualiʻi Elementary School to speak at the assembly to more than 600 students and faculty. The students had collected 620 food items over the past few weeks for their holiday food drive and presented it to Lt. Gross.

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Lt. Gross asked the young audience if they knew where the food would go, one child spoke up loud and proud, “to the homeless!” Lt. Gross affirmed the boy’s answer and explained the food will be used for people without a home, in the soup kitchens that serve meals every week, and could be used for emergency disasters.

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The kids were very pleased with the impact they helped make on the community and celebrated with a Zumba dance, inviting Lt. Gross to join in.

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Mahalo to the students and faculty at King Kaumualiʻi Elementary School for helping us change lives on Kauaʻi!

If you’d like to help on Kauaʻi, volunteer bell ringers are still needed through Christmas Eve. Visit our volunteer website to sign up and help us make a difference in our island communities. Mele Kalikimaka from our Kauaʻi Corps!

Remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor

by Brandi Salas

Today marks 75 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor. More than 2,400 men, women, and children were killed in the attacks on Oʻahu. The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division remembers that day of infamy that took many lives and forever changed our islands and our nation.

The Salvation Army, established in Hawaiʻi in 1894, provided services to anyone in need during that time, including services to first responders and military personnel. Here are a few photos from our archives leading up to, during, and following that tragic day in history.

children-at-the-beachThe caption on this photograph dated December 6, 1941, reads, “A photograph of children on the beach the night before Pearl Harbor attacks.”

uso2uso1The USO mobile canteens, operated by The Salvation Army Officers and staff, were prepared to respond to soldiers in need following the attacks.

canteenThis photo was captioned, “The canteen made the rounds after regular duty hours, handing out sandwiches, doughnuts and hot drinks at guard stations.”

coffeeA photo (dated 1942) of Major Jeanetta Hodgen, a Salvation Army Officer, staff or volunteers pouring coffee and serving cake to troops.

doughnut-articleOur archives also contain photographs of newspaper articles of The Salvation Armyʻs history with serving soldiers donuts during World War I and following the Pearl Harbor attacks.

May we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation on this day and also celebrate 70 years of peace between the United States and Japan.

Today The Salvation Army continues to be on call to serve first responders, military personnel, veterans, and those in need of emergency disaster services or basic needs services in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands. Learn more about the services and programs provided by The Salvation Army at hawaii.salvationarmy.org

“The Salvation Army saved me with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”

screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-10-31-52-amKenneth Yoshikawa shared his story with more than 30 CEOs, business and community leaders at our inaugural The Salvation Army CEO Sleepout at the Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda in September. Here is a condensed version of his path to The Salvation Army.

My name is Kenneth and this is how The Salvation Army saved me with the answered prayer of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and led me to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Iwilei.

My life was pretty normal until age 14 when my mother walked out on our family and my father turned to alcohol. I had to become the “man of the house,” working long hours throughout my high school days to take care of my family’s bills. After graduation, I worked two jobs while attending UH West Oahu as a full-time student. Before long it seemed I had it all. I bought a townhouse and a car. Life was good until friends introduced me to cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol. I finally felt relaxed and stress-free. Then came the painkillers. Soon, my $100-a- day habit was $600-a-day. I lost my jobs, my home, my car, and my family. Then, living homeless and hungry, I lost all hope.

It was during this time as a homeless man on the streets of Honolulu, I pulled out a Bible I carried and it fell open to this verse in James, “You do not have, because you do not ask.” Starving, I jokingly said, “Okay, God, if you’re real give me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.” Just 45 minutes later it appeared. A young woman walked up and offered me a PB&J sandwich, a prayer, and information about the ARC. God was reaching out to me through this prayer and a sandwich and I knew I had to seek help with the ARC in Iwilei. They immediately took me in, gave me a hearty meal, and lots of love.

The structured program was strict, but The Salvation Army Officers and staff genuinely cared for those of us in the program. I graduated in six months, became a dispatcher for the thrift store, and began attending worship services at The Salvation Army Kauluwela Corps near Chinatown. One Sunday after worship, a group of young people started making dozens of PB&Js to hand out to the homeless. I was blown away because it was that sandwich, prayer, and information about ARC that saved me.

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With my life back on track, I am now the Residential Manager of the ARC. I take our clients to our Kauluwela Corps to show them how they can also do great things for others after they graduate. They might just turn around and save someone else one day. I am here today, clean and sober, with a stable job, and a group of friends who hold me responsible all because of The Salvation Army’s outreach program.

“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.