After our successful completion of more than 100 combined hours of work by 29 Rotarians and two friends at the HOPE Services transitional housing complex, we earned $10,000 from the Weinberg Friends program, which we presented to Brandee Menino, the CEO at HOPE.
"It really bugs me when I see children, women, men, who feel they are not of value," Brandee Menino, CEO of HOPE Services told RCHB members.
"We are here to inspire hope in our community-refeshe, reboot and move forward."
is the main organization on Hawaii Island trying to impact homelessness.
says one of its jobs is to build a bridge between non profit and business sectors.
works with a staff of 50 and 170 volunteers, handling 10 facilities, including two homeless shelters.
HOPE also manages six transitional units for the County of Hawaii.
"What we really need are leaders who have the political will" to deal with affordable housing, Menino
Hawaii is 160 percent above the national average cost of living, but average income is low.
"Without housing, we'll have poor health" and other issues, she
"It is cheaper to move them into housing than it is to deal with homelessness."
reminded us that 26 percent of the homeless are children.
Menino grew up in Hilo, got her bachelor's degree at UHH, and earned a masters in professional counseling psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology.
She sits on the board of Bay Clinic Inc. and The Foodbasket, Inc.