Message from the CEO

On October 1, 2010, the Office for Social Ministry, Care-A-Van Program of the Diocese of Honolulu became HOPE Services Hawaii, Inc. (HOPE). Although our name has changed, we will remain the same nonprofit 501 (c) (3) corporation providing the same services and programs to those most in need in the community with the same dedicated staff and support from the Diocese of Honolulu. Please note while the Office for Social Ministry Department will continue at the Diocese of Honolulu to work with our parishes and schools, the work of the Care-A-Van Program will now become part of HOPE Services Hawaii, Inc. Bishop Larry Silva remains committed to helping the homeless and the incorporation of the Care-A-Van program into HOPE Services Hawaii, Inc. will allow us to be more visible in our community.

It has become obvious that in order to end homelessness in Hawaii, social services, politicians, the business community, and especially the faith community, will need to work together toward the common goal of serving our brothers and sisters who are without a place to lay their heads each night. The faith community offers diverse services to the homeless to help them transition off the streets. A sense of community, belonging and long-term personal accountability are critical to helping people realize their self worth.

We invite your involvement, whether your faith-based organization has been serving families and individuals experiencing homelessness for generations or you’re just getting started, HOPE Services Hawaii would like to partner with you or your group. We recognize that it will take a community to directly and effectively impact homelessness in Hawaii. Come partner with us, talk story. If you would like to get more information on how your organization can get involved with putting an end to homelessness, please contact 808-935-3050. I t will further allow us to expand our reach to all islands and do what we do best. And that’s serving the most vulnerable of our community.

Mahalo nui loa,

Brandee Menino
Chief Executive Officer
HOPE Services Hawaii

Produced by: Bernadette Baraquio of Just a Girl Productions
Executive Producers: Office for Social Ministry and HOPE Services Hawaii.
Learn about West Hawaii Transitional Shelter and the Friendly Place Campus, emergency services on the Big Island of Hawaii giving hope to the homeless. This video features volunteers from St. Michael’s Parish and the Friendly Place. By their example, we hope to inspire others to donate their time, talent and treasure to assist those most in need.