Last month, 15 volunteers from the Hickam Air Force Base (AFB) Chapel helped to spruce up Catholic Charities Hawai‘i’s new housing complex for our Mary Jane Home Program participants. Because of the volunteers’ efforts, nine women and their children were able to move into their new homes at the end of April.
Raphy Feolino organized the Hickam AFB Chapel volunteer group, which began a “Year of Mercy” in which they completed 12 monthly service projects. The theme of their April project was “Harbor the Homeless.”
The church group cleaned several units to prepare for the incoming residents, scrubbing the kitchens and appliances; wiping down window louvers; and mopping the floors. They also collected welcome baskets of kitchen and bathroom items from the Hickam and Pearl Harbor chapels.
The new housing complex will allow CCH to expand our Mary Jane Home program for new mothers. The program includes support and education through counseling and classes in topics such as infant care.
Bequeathed to CCH by an anonymous donor last year, the 12-unit housing complex will allow our agency to offer services to women in need. The location will also allow residents to take advantage of nearby educational opportunities at University of Hawai‘i or other colleges in the area.