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2017 Learning Breakouts
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Family Promise

Led by Family Promise Regional Director Teressa Ramsey

September 27, 2017

Did you know that there is no homeless shelter for families in West Hawaii?  Family Promise offers a proven model for sheltering homeless families with the faith community's existing resources.  Family Promise of Hawai’i already operates on Oahu and offers emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Approximately 80% of their families transition into housing within 3-4 months. They partner with local congregations and community groups to provide overnight accommodations and meals within their building. During the day, enrolled families can come to our Family Centers to access comprehensive support services such as case management, job training, education, life skills and housing support.  Help us launch family promise in West Hawaii.  Learn how your faith group and family can make a difference by joining this team!

Safe Parking Ministry

Led by Hope Services Hawaii featuring speaker Denise Oguma

September 27, 2017

Many homeless families live in their cars and are prime targets for criminals at night.  This is where a safe parking program can make all the difference. It connects people with church lots where they can safely park overnight or until shelter is available. They'll work with a case manager who can help with housing and other services.  By feeling safe at night the adults in the family can sleep well enough to go to work the next day.  Learn more about how Hope Services, Hawaii initiated a safe parking program in Hilo and how your faith group or business can do the same!  Learn about the cost and the tools necessary to launch this outreach ministry.

Community Alliance Partners (CAP): The Value of Membership and Collaboration

Led by CAP featuring speaker Sharon Hirota

September 27, 2017

Federal  funds to address homelessness come into our state through the HUD Continua of Care for the State (Oahu / Partners in Care) and The Balance of State (Bridging the Gap).  Hawaii, Kauai and Maui Counties are considered the Balance of State and we work together through an entity called Bridging the Gap (BTG) at the state level.  At the county level, Hawaii, Kauai and Maui counties each have their own Continua of Care (CoC) under HUD and BTG.  Here in Hawaii County, our CoC is called Community Alliance Partners (CAP).  Membership in CAP is required for all organizations who are granted HUD funds for housing and programs addressing homelessness.  However, anyone can join CAP.  High level brainstorming, planning and collaboration are accomplished through CAP.  This includes sharing of information, strategic planning for homelessness work island-wide, event planning and training events for the community.  This Faith-based Summit to End Family Homelessness is a CAP function.  HUD mandated work is also tackled by this group.  CAP meets monthly on the last Wed. of every month from 9:00 -10:30 a.m. in Kona (Mayor's Conf. Rm at WHCC) and Hilo (1990 Kinoole Street, OHCD Conf. Rm) via video connection.  We have churches in Hawaii County  who are CAP members and who send a representative to the meetings.   If you or your faith group have a passion to see homelessness end on Hawaii Island and enjoy collaborative community work, this breakout group is for you! 

Happy Feet Rubber Slipper Ministry

Led by Employment Experts featuring speaker KC Mahoney

September 27, 2017

Rubber slippers are one of the most requested items for homeless families, families in need, schools and churches on the island.  Throughout the year on Hawaii Island, various organizations will hold a slipper drive on a weekend to provide rubber slippers for a specific agency or program.  However, for the first time, and as an early output of this Summit,  there will be a year-round  community ministry offering rubber slippers to families in need.  This breakout group will explain how the ministry will be funded, operated and where items will be stored.  Rubber slippers protect the feet of homeless individuals from wounds caused by the harsh environment of the streets.  Learn how you, your family or your faith group can make a difference by joining this team!

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