Empowering Mothers at the Mary Jane Home

“How do you teach someone to trust when they’ve never (felt that they) had anyone worthy of their trust? You immerse them in a nurturing environment.” – Jennie Heleski, program director of the Mary Jane Program. Jennie Heleski has been with Catholic Charities Hawai‘i for 17 years. In the last five, she has served as the program director of the …

A New Life Through Horizons

“You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.” — Mark Batterson As a young adult, Emma* made the decision to move back home to Hawaii to have a fresh start. She had been living in Kansas after “aging out” of foster care for many years and was dealing with a lot of emotional and physical distress. Though a …

“Shop With a Cop” Program on the Big Island

Special thanks to the Hawaii Police Department, Target Stores, Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, National Park Service, Veterans of Foreign War Auxiliary, Hawaii Electric Light Co., LV SNAPS, St. Michael the Archangel Church, Kona, Annunciation Parish, Kamuela, Creative Arts, Jei Angel Digital Design, Pacific Solar, St. Joseph Church, Catholic Charities Hawaii staff and to the many volunteers who made the …

Providing Transportation for Our Kūpuna

In the 1950s very few things were as iconic in Hawaii than the SS Lurline. The luxury liner brought visitors across the Pacific Ocean from California to Honolulu. Jane remembers it well. “It was so exciting to see the ships come in. People greeted the passengers, they threw coins,” 82 year-old Jane fondly recalls. Today it is another form of …

Shining the Spotlight on CCH Division Administrator Jillian Okamoto

Okamoto is a division administrator at Catholic Charities Hawai‘i and currently oversees its Housing Assistance and Referral Programs which helps over 8,000 people in crisis a year. The staff provides information about and/or referrals to services that are and are not provided by Catholic Charities Hawai‘i. The programs also provide: emergency or housing related financial assistance to homeless or at-risk …