FAMILY PROMISE - SUSPENDED THRU APRIL

COVID-19 Letter from the Executive Director

March 27, 2020

Aloha Community,
 
I hope you all are maintaining a sense of well-being in this time of  much uncertainty. What we can all be certain of is the need for the support of our collective community in the days ahead. 
We at FPH are using this time to build up our supplies, fortify our programs, and deepen our support by sheltering families in new ways as well as ramping up our prevention and housing programs. 
 
As you folks know, our traditional rotation schedule for our Emergency Shelter Program has been suspended and will remain so until at least April 30th per the city and state's Stay-At-Home mandate. 
The good news is that we have not stopped housing families. Just this week four families secured permanent housing, while another is being sheltered at one of our congregational sites! We are finding innovative ways to shelter families in individual units throughout the community during this crisis. We will be able to temporarily shelter 5 families in a state facility in the coming week and are seeking assistance from the tourism industry to support more families. We are committed to meeting this moment head on and ask our wonderful community to do the same.
 
In the months ahead, many will need financial assistance to cover housing costs as the effects of mass layoffs explode. Just this week, we were able to help two families remain in their current housing, preventing their need for shelter. In preparation for an increased demand for homeless prevention support, we are continuing to build our Rental Assistance Fund and ask that you click the link to donate. Many mahalos to those who have done so already. Additionally, we are asking that you take a look at the list below and ask your congregations, friends, families and others to give the following items:
  • Microwaveable food, items for sandwiches, etc. (food that can be stored in a small fridge and microwaved)
  • Gift Cards to grocery stores/Walmart/Long's
  • Hygiene Products
  • Cleaning Products
To mitigate risk, we are asking that all items donated be in their original, sealed packaging and that you call the office ahead of dropping off donations (808) 548- 74780.
 
I know that many of you have questions about when we will be starting up the congregation rotation schedule again, and honestly I don't have an absolute answer as we will be following all local mandates. I will say that we will continue to carry out our mission and make the adjustments that this time calls for. Please stay tuned for further updates and reach out if you have questions.
 
Our Executive Director, Samantha Church, was interviewed yesterday on Hawaii Public Radio, discussing the adjustments we have had to make during the pandemic. You can listen to the interview here: https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/post/hawaii-homeless-shelters-scrambling-coronavirus-outbreak-expands?fbclid=IwAR3S_cPVpCdDQy7JlfkiTwzrMBmrCk8w8wB3s8nzyRoEAijI1-ufzC9-Tjc#stream/0
 
We are deeply grateful for each and every one of you. 
 
Warmly,
Marissa Commey
Manager of Community Engagement
Family Promise of Hawaii
The Kukui Center - 245 N. Kukui St. #101 
Honolulu, HI 96817
Office (808) 548-7478
After Hours (for urgent matters only) (808) 206-4934
What is Family Promise?
Family Promise of Hawaii (FPH) is a non-profit organization that partners with various local congregations, churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and community groups to provide housing and food for 3-5 homeless families for 1 week each quarter. These partners provide a safe place to sleep during the night, and during day hours, families go to the FPH Day Center in Honolulu where they receive case management services, financial literacy and housing support.
Holy Trinity’s Participation
In May 2008, Holy Trinity joined FPH as a host congregation. The families stay at our Makai House where they have their own rooms; a full kitchen; bathrooms/showers; laundry facilities; TV; Wi-fi. St. Augustine is our support congregation.
Participate in Family Promise 
If you can volunteer or lend a helping hand with Family Promise and haven’t had a chance to sign up. Pleasecontact the Parish office at 808-396-0551. We will have the coordinator for that task contact you.
 
Family Promise volunteer Listing Feb 2020
OVERALL COORDINATOR - Volunteer Needed
  • Provide administrative and operational oversight
  • Write bulletin announcements informing parishioners about upcoming host weeks
  • Report volunteer hours to Family Promise Headquarters (“FPH”)
  • Update Master Volunteer List
  • Schedule and chair Leadership Team meetings (approx. 8 times per year)
  • Attend FPH Coordinators meeting at the Kukui Street day center
Personal qualities: Enjoy working with wonderful volunteers who have compassion and love for those who are struggling economically and seeking a home for their families. If you have organizational, managerial and computer skills to share with us, we’d welcome your assistance.
SET UP BEFORE FAMILIES ARRIVE 4 Volunteers Needed
Coordinator: Sr. Patty Chang pachang@hawaiiantel.net
  • Prepare guestrooms--wipe down dusty surfaces, make beds, put out towel sets & toiletries
  • Place specified items in the kitchen, pantry, bathroom, living room, laundry area, etc.
  • Double check the guestrooms, bathrooms, living room, kitchen areas are ready for the families’ needs
PREPARE AND/OR HOST DINNERS 10-15 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (3/night)
Meal Coordinator: Cheri Robertson cheri.7889@gmail.com
  • Dinner each night will consist of main dish, starch, drinks, veggies, dessert
  • Volunteers are encouraged to meet and join the families for dinner
DONATE FOOD/SUPPLIES
Coordinator: Mary Hamilton maliaham@yahoo.com (will inform volunteers of specific needs)
  • Food - eggs, bread, waffles, cereal, milk, juice, bottled water, canned goods
  • Paper goods – plates, utensils, cups, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper
  • Other – dish soap, laundry detergent, baby diapers and wipes
CLEAN THE MAKAI HOUSE AFTER FAMILIES LEAVE 5-6 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Coordinator: Shirley Fake tomfake@me.com
  • Vacuum all bedrooms (including 1-bedroom suite) occupied by families
  • Vacuum bedrooms and living room, picking up any items left on floor
  • Sweep and mop hallways, kitchen and bathroom floors
  • Empty trash in kitchen and bathroom
  • Clean toilets, scrub showers and tub
  • Wipe down kitchen counters
  • Empty waste baskets in bedroom and trash cans throughout the house
  • Clean refrigerator and wipe its shelves and drawers
  • Wash and dry any dirty dishes and appliances (coffee maker, rice cooker, etc.) left in sink, on table and on counters
  • After all the above is done, shut all the windows, close and lock all the bedroom doors and door to pantry.
DO LAUNDRY AFTER GUESTS LEAVE
Laundry Coordinator: Peter Robertson peter.7889@gmail.com
  • Wash/dry linens and other items used by guests during host week
  • Pick up/return laundry bags at the Makai House breezeway