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Honolulu County Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army in Honolulu County offers assistance to low income families. The agency not only provides their own financial aid, but they partner with community leaders, churches, businesses, government offices and dedicated volunteers. The programs will provide food to feed those who are homeless and hungry as well as financial help to rehouse them. Other services are run too.

Homelessness exists across Honolulu County Hawaii. People may be sleeping in parks, on the islands’ beaches, and in other places where they are able to find refuge. This lack of affordable housing is a daunting situation for anyone. The Salvation Army will refer the homeless to shelters, provide hot meals through soup kitchens, deliver food as well as hygiene items, supplying clothing, and more. They work with partners to offer free health care and counseling as well.

A Care-A-Van can help the homeless too. It addresses basic survival needs and provides free medical supplies, and sets out to find and assist homeless families and individuals who are living on beaches, on the streets or in cane fields.

The Salvation Army Lahaina Outpost offers basic services to the island's low income and homeless individuals and families. The programs are run at the Hale Palekana Homeless Drop-In Center. Services provided at the Drop-In Center include showers, laundry facilities, free hot meals, substance abuse counseling, fee use of telephone facilities for job seekers, and referrals to other local non-profit community resources.

Another housing resource is offered. This one is Operated by the Salvation Army's Kahului Corps in Honolulu. The William Booth Safe Haven is a shelter as well as drop-in center for the homeless. The Safe Haven offers basic, needed services, including freshly prepared, hot meals. There are also hygiene programs, such as hot showers; laundry facilities; cleaning supplies, and more. Clients can also enroll into case management programs.

The Kokua Soup Kitchen is available to anyone. Families living in poverty can stop by for a hot lunch or dinner. Volunteers prepare the meals for the less fortunate in Honolulu.

The Honolulu Salvation Army Family Services Office offers numerous assistance programs to meet the emergency financial needs of clients. There are resources for the people of Oahu, including basic material assistance. They may offer short-term financial assistance for paying rent or utility bills as well as deposits. Other services include classes on budgeting and nutrition. Family Services assistance also includes the following.




Free clothing is available from the Salvation Army. The Honolulu center distributes vouchers that may be exchanged for merchandise at any Thrift Store. Available items include clothes for work, school supplies, small appliances, or to have on hand for a change of clothes for homeless individuals and families who have no other resources.

Groceries and food can be provided. The items will last approximately three days. The items are free and given to families and individuals who reside in Honolulu or the surrounding communities. Since most of the food distributed through Family Services office requires preparation, those who are homeless are encouraged to visit the soup kitchens mentioned above or the Institute of Human Services. Another option is the River of Life Mission for prepared meals.

The pantry relies on contributions from people in Honolulu. They encourage donations of food items, such as canned goods, fruits, bottled water or other drinks, vegetables, packaged foods, and so on. Please bring donations directly to the Salvation Army Family Services Office.

Financial Assistance in Honolulu County is limited to emergency health and housing needs only, such as back rent. Applicants are required to show documentation that the emergency exists, that they will be better able to meet their financial obligations in the future, and they need proof that they have done everything possible to resolve the problem.

A service known as The Hana Pono`i will help people strive toward Self-Sufficiency. The seminar is a must for anyone in need of counseling in regard to food preparation, basic nutrition and budgeting. This highly useful course covers goal setting, menu planning, budgeting strategies and numerous other topics. Sessions are held at the Salvation Army least twice each week.

Honolulu Salvation Army programs for seniors

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Silvercrest Senior Housing is a low cost apartment complex. It is funded in part using US Department of Housing and Urban Development grants and it operates as as housing facility for seniors aged 62 and older.





The complex is located in Central O'ahu and it offers an affordable, supportive living environment that is sensitive to the needs of each resident. Accommodations for senior citizens are clean, safe, and comfortable. In addition, residents have access to Salvation Army sponsored social activities such as meals, Bible study, arts and crafts, and worship services.

The Salvation Army of Honolulu is administrator of Adult Day Health Services (ADHS), a State Department of Health-licensed daytime program for frail and/or disabled older adults. Using federal funds, ADHS promotes healthy aging and follows a multidisciplinary approach to caring for participants. The program's objective is to delay or prevent placement into a nursing home or another form of institutionalized care and provide an opportunity for older adults to remain independent in their homes and among their fellow community members.

Many families feel great knowing that loved ones are being well cared for during the day while they are at work. There are costs involved. ADHS program fees are based on level of care needed. For those that may struggle to pay for this Salvation Army service, financial assistance in the form of grants is available for all participants aged 65 and older. Also, VA and Long-Term Care Insurance clients are welcome.

When applying for any Honolulu County Salvation Army program, please present photo ID for all adults and children in a household. There is proof of income needed as well. This is needed for anyone seeking food, financial help or clothing assistance, which is available to each eligible household once every 90 days.

The Salvation Army Family Services Office is located at 296 N. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii 96817. Call the intake line at 808-841-5565 for information.




By Jon McNamara

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