HILO, HI (November 13, 2023)  Across the Hawaiian Islands, people of all ages and walks of life are experiencing homelessness and the number of those in need of housing continues to rapidly increase. 

HOPE Services Hawai’i plays a very important role in leading the way to end homelessness on our island and HFS Federal Credit Union has gladly provided support. Throughout the month of October, monetary donations were collected at six branches island wide. “With the assistance and generosity of our members, staff, and individuals from the community, we were able to raise more than $28,000 to support their critical programs and services. We are incredibly humbled and grateful for everyone’s contributions toward the success of this fundraising campaign.”

The Credit Union was also one of the sponsors for the HOPE Services Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project units, which is dedicated to housing kupuna in our community. 

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with HOPE Services Hawai’i in assisting with the Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project. Our talented and creative team was able to turn a unit into a beautiful home for a kupuna that will be enjoyed for years to come. We are honored to have played a small part in this very important senior housing development.” Nathan N. Abe, President-CEO, HFS Federal Credit Union.

A check in the amount of $28,700 was presented to HOPE Services Hawai’i’s CEO Brandee Menino at the recent grand opening of the housing project. 

“We are immensely grateful to HFS FCU for their generous support in our first affordable housing development project. Their dedication to the community and commitment to creating a safe and comfortable environment for those in need is truly commendable. Together, we are making a positive impact on the lives of our kūpuna, providing them with the dignity and comfort they deserve. We couldn’t have done it without HFS FCU’s invaluable partnership. Thank you for your unwavering support and generosity.” – Brandee Menino, Chief Executive Officer, HOPE Services Hawai’i, Inc.

HFS considers it an honor and a privilege to support great organizations, like HOPE Services Hawai’i, that serve the community. It is because of support from their members and Big Island organizations that HFS is the place “where caring counts” for the past 86 years and counting.

HFS staff members Winnie Makaea, Marketing Specialist, Jesica Carriaga, Marketing Coordinator and James Staub, Administration Manager, pictured with Brandee Menino, Chief Executive Officer of HOPE Services Hawai’i, Inc. at the Grand Opening of the Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project.

About HFS Federal Credit Union

HFS Federal Credit Union (HFS FCU) is the largest not-for-profit and member-owned financial institution on Hawai’i Island. Established by just nine individuals in 1937, HFS started with very humble beginnings. The Credit Union continued to grow from serving just employees of the Federal and Territorial Governments in the County of Hawai‘i and their families, to now offering membership to any person who lives, works, or attends school on Hawai’i Island.


Winnie Makaea
HFS Federal Credit Union
(808) 930-1459