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We’re helping people, changing lives. You definitely can, too!

MEO is a nonprofit Community Action Agency committed to helping low income individuals and families become stable and achieve economic security. MEO’s services are constantly changing to meet the needs of children and families, the disabled and medically needy, and the elderly and other low-income individuals. MEO works with more than twenty-five community partners to help people and change lives. All MEO programs are tangible translations of the Promise of Community Action. Call us at 249-2990.

MEO Employment Opportunities here 


MEO Annual Report

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MEO Welcomes Sonny Castro to our ECS Department (Head Start)

MEO Welcomes our newest CDL Driver Wendell Parker

Senior Scoop 2019​ 2nd Qtr - Click Here!

Congratulations Ms. Kristel!!!

Please join us in congratulating Ms.Kristel from our UHMC site, on her accomplishment of getting her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education!

Ms. Kristel worked very hard at balancing family, work, and school, and tonight all that hard work paid off as she walked the line at UHMCs Commencement Ceremony!

We are extremely proud of you Ms.Kristel heart CONGRATULATIONS yes

Press Release for Immediate Release

Press Contact: 
  Debbie Cabebe, SPHR
  CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
  Wailuku Maui, HI
  (808) 249-2990, ext. 300

MEO Receives Two New Buses for Lānaʻi and Hāna

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (“MEO”) was granted two new buses last fiscal year, which were recently delivered to Lānaʻi and Hāna.  Each bus was received by the community and blessed before their inaugural road trips.  All of MEO’s clients who ride the buses were so thrilled to be the first to ride.  Debbie Cabebe, CEO of MEO said, “Rural communities are in desperate need of reliable transportation.  These buses help to fulfill that need.”  Many thanks to the former Mayor and Maui County Council for granting the funds to replace these much needed buses.

Hāna Branch Manager Jonnie Oliveira with her passengers on their first trip on the new bus.

Hāna clients in front of new MEO bus.

Lānaʻi clients in front of their new bus.

New Lānaʻi bus

Congratulations to Joseph Texeira of the Transporation for being our March 2019 Employee of the Month!

MEO Welcomes Isha Carvalho to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Jeremy Biringer to our BDC Department

MEO Welcomes Michael Weinhouse to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Jacob Hara to our Youth Services Department

MEO Welcomes Catalina Oramas to our Community Services Department

MEO Welcomes Heidi-Ann Allencastre to our Community Services Department

MEO Welcomes Jennalyn Pacheco to our ECS Department (Head Start)

MEO Welcomes Keoki Kaimiola to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Jennifer Perez to our ECS Department (Head Start)

Congratulations to Shantel Na'auao Keanini of the Early Childhood Services for being our February 2019 Employee of the Month!

Senior Services Red Card Application

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"Women Who Mean Business"

What a beautiful evening at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikīkī Beach last night. CEO Debbie Cabebe was honored by Pacific Business News at their 21st Anniversary Gala as one of 31 "Women Who Mean Business" in the state of Hawaiʻi. Debbie was among great company with some very impressive women. Congratulations to all! We are very proud of you Debbie!

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Click here to see the 2019 Gala General Photos

Click here to see the 2019 Gala Backdrop Photos

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MEO honors Senator Roz Baker at its 2nd Annual Gala

More than 275 businesses, community members and legislators gathered at MEO's 2nd Annual Gala on Saturday night to honor Senator Roz Baker for her years of service, representing the people of Maui County.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard stated in a written address, "For over twenty-five years Senator Roz Baker has devoted countless hours of advocating for issues that affect the quality of life for the residents of Hawai'i and has been a staunch supporter of MEO's mission and work."

MEO CEO Debbie Cabebe stated, " We are so grateful for Senator Baker and her thoughtful care and concern for the people we serve."

MEO is a nonprofit community action agency. Maui County's sole anti poverty organization serving nearly 18,000 individuals and families annually, thoughing more than 54.000 lives.

For more information about MEO and its programs contact COO Gay Sibonga at 249-2990 or email her at gay.sibonga@meoinc.org.

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MEO Names its Driver of the Year

Jonnie Oliveros was announced as MEO’s Driver of the Year at MEO’s Annual Awards event on Thursday, 2/28/2019. This annual event recognizes valued team members for their years of service, as well as Driver’s who have been accident free. This year there were 36 drivers that were recognized for being accident free.


Ms. Oliveros is the Hana Branch Manager and has been a longtime MEO employee since August 2004. The criteria for obtaining this noteworthy award includes exemplifying the company motto of Helping People, Changing Lives, as well as reflecting MEO’s core values of Teamwork, Integrity, Personal Excellence, Empathy, Creativity, and Flexibility. Additional Driver criteria also includes driving for a minimum of 1100 hours in the calendar year, being accident free, and meeting attendance standards.

Ms. Oliveros was recognized for meeting and exceeding all of these qualities with kindness and compassion while putting in 100% to get the job done with a positive “can do” attitude and a smile. Atlas Insurance is the annual sponsor of this award.

For more information about MEO or its programs, contact Debbie Cabebe at 249-2990 or email her at debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org.

MEO Would like to extend a special Mahalo for all of our 2019 Gala sponsors!

Congratulations to Jonnie Oliveira for being our 2018 Driver of the Year!

Congratulations to Kathy Jimenez of the Community Services for being our January 2019 Employee of the Month!

2019 Annual Employee Awards meeting pics here...

Aloha All,
Here are pictures of our first Ala Hou client to ride our Electric Vehicle to Dialysis.

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Maui Now: Electric Vehicle Donated to MEO Moloka‘i Program - here

*MEO 2018 Volunteer and Benefactor of the Year*

MEO held its 33nd Annual Volunteer Luncheon on February 14, 2019 at the MEO Family Center. This event is held every year on Valentine’s Day to honor and thank all of the many volunteers who assist MEO with helping people and changing lives. In 2018, MEO’s 601 volunteers performed over 4030 service hours, saving MEO approximately $77,400 in labor costs.

MEO recognized five nominees for 2018 Volunteer of the Year: Eddie Domingo nominated by Early Childhood Services, Leonardo Sequeira was nominated by Community Services, Gerry Smith was nominated by the MEO Business Development Center, Clifford Alakai was nominated by the Fiscal department and Mercer “Chubby” Vicens was nominated by administration.

Mercer “Chubby” Vicens was named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year. He has given a great deal of his time, talent and shared his treasury for over 25 years. His leadership qualities and vast knowledge of business, construction, personnel, and finance made him an invaluable part of MEO’s Board and board committees.

Mayor Michael P. Victorino attended the event and proclaimed February 14, 2019 Mercer “Chubby” Vicens Day for his years of volunteer service to MEO and to Maui County.

MEO also recognized the 2018 Benefactor of the Year, given to businesses or organizations who contribute time and resources to assist MEO with their mission. Hawai’i Community Foundation was the awardee for 2018. MEO has been the recipient of Hawai’i Community Foundation grants dating back to 2006 with total support of more than $280,000. The Hawai’i Community Foundation enhances lives by supporting programs that meet specific objectives and help donors make informed and meaningful choices with regard to funding designation. They create partnerships by bringing funders together with nonprofits and community & government leaders to leverage social investment and create lasting change by making the most of donor’s gifts. They have been described as a Navigator, Connector, and Builder, an organization that helps identify where donors can make the greatest impact. Hawai’i Community Foundation funds have assisted MEO to support funding shortfalls and ensure MEO fulfills its mission of strengthening the community while helping people in need…

CEO Debbie Cabebe, Mercer "Cubby" Vicens and Board President Ned Davis

Inger Tully and Hannah Werth, Hawaii Community Foundation

Mayor Michael Victorino and Chubby Vincens

Leonardo Sequeira

MEO Volunteer Luncheon 2019

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Lana'i Volunteer Luncheon 2019

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Moloka'i Volunteer Luncheon 2019

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Congratulations to our very own Debbie Cabebe, who is one of Pacific Business News' Women Who Mean Business honorees this year. She is in great company on this list and Maui is well represented.

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MEO is now accepting applications from Maui County Pubic and Private High Schools for 2019 Project Graduation

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Embracing Our Future

By Honoring Our Past -

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week Community Action Partnership remembers the life, legacy, and mission of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - one of the greatest visionaries in the history of our nation. Despite facing a society that was marred with the injustice of racism, bias, poverty, and othering, Dr. King remained resolute in his determination that a greater, more unified America was within our reach. He understood that while the road to achieving this vision would be difficult and costly, there is never a time better than the present to fight for opportunity and equity for *ALL*.

The political and social climate that Dr. King faced was not much unlike what we see across headlines today - a nation irreparably divided. Yet despite all evidence to the contrary, Dr. King made it his life's work to challenge ignorance with truth, combat separation with unity, and to oppose hate with love.The work of Dr. King and other Civil Rights leaders has a special relationship with the history of Community Action. For 55 years, we have continued this legacy in the hope of making America a better place to live for everyone. And while we will certainly face setbacks along the way, it is imperative that we as Community Action never lose the Spirit of Hope that helps people and changes lives in pursuit of this dream. As stated powerfully by Dr. King himself: "*We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.*"


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MEO Welcomes Donald Medeiros to our Administration

MEO Welcomes Kehau Alexander to our ECS Department (Head Start)

Senior Scoop 2019​ 1st Qtr - Click Here!

MEO Welcomes Thomas I'i to our Community Services Department

MEO Welcomes Paula Legare to our ECS Department (Head Start)

Congratulations to Darell Calma of the Transportation Shop for being our October 2018 Employee of the Month!

New Employees...

MEO Welcomes Janet DeMello to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Edward Salvador to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Kristin Wells to our Youth Services Department

MEO Welcomes Alohalani Haupu to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Jessie Oliveira to our ECS Department

Our Molokai Kaunakakai Head Start

Sharing pictures of this morning's visit from our Kaunoa Kupuna.

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Press Release for Immediate Release

MEO receives Hawaii Community Foundation Flex Grant

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is pleased to announce it has received a $20,000 Hawaii Community Foundation FLEX grant acknowledging that the organization has exemplified the best practices of high performance. The FLEX grant program is a partnership of many funds thanks to generous donors and their fund advisors.

CEO Debbie Cabebe said, "MEO is grateful to be a recipient of the FLEX grant and appreciates the Hawaii Community foundation and its donors. We are fortunate to have received $10,000 from the *Jean I. Fennimore Fund* and $10,000 from the *Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Fund*. Grants like these are rare and are like gold as they can be used to help cover administrative costs that are short funded by other grants".

In the last fiscal year MEO administered nearly 40 grants serving more than 18,800 individuals and touching more than 56,000 lives.

For information about MEO contract Debbie Cabebe at 249-2990 or email debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org

Mayor Visits Wailuku B

> On Nov 2, 2018, at 10:11 PM, Alexandria Domingo <alexandria.domingo@meoinc.org> wrote:
> Aloha all,
> Wailuku B got a visit from the Mayor today and I must say, Kathy and the keiki gave him a
> good workout!
> He read two books to the keiki. Eric Carle’s “From Head to Toe” was the start of his workout,
> as he did the motions from the book with the keiki, followed by Polar Bear, Polar Bear.
> Then the Mayor did not just one, not two, but three songs with the keiki.
> They did the two parts to Animal Actions followed by the ChaCha Slide!
> By the end of his visit, the Mayor proclaimed it to be “Naptime” 藍藍藍 The keiki had a blast and
> the Mayor got a chance to see our keiki in action!
> Moving like birds!
> Moving like elephants!
> ChaCha Slide....How low can you go?!

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Photos from the 45th Annual Senior Fair

2018 Senior Fair Gallery here

Congratulations to Lehua Kaopio for being our September 2018 Employee of the Month!

Senior Scoop 2018​ 4th Qtr - Click Here!

Pacific Media Group Job Fair at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center Saturday Oct 27th

MEO Human Resources

Congratulations to Liane Yoshida for being our August 2018 Employee of the Month!

BDC - Core Four Graduation - October 2018 (view gallery)

Press Release for Immediate Release

Press Contact:
  Debbie Cabebe
  CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
  Wailuku Maui, HI
  (808) 249-2990, ext. 300

Maui Non Profit Directors Holds its Annual Meeting and Leadership Awards Ceremony

WAILUKU, MAUI   The Maui Non Profit Directors Association (MNPDA) held its Annual Meeting and Leadership Awards Ceremony at the MACC on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

The event was attended by over 100 non profit directors, volunteers, community members and sitting politicians and candidates.  The Honorable Peter Cahill, Second Circuit Court Judge, presided over the installation of officers for MNPDA for 2018-2019.  A certificate of appreciation was presented to Paula Ambre, former Executive Director of The Maui Farm for her 28 years of service to the agency and the community.

There were five nominees for the Community Business Award:  Despins General Construction, Hawai’i Pacific Solar, Maui Coffee Roasters, Maui Electric Company and Maui No Ka Oi Magazine.  The winner of the award went to Maui Coffee Roasters for their many efforts on behalf of the community and their great contributions to the non profit community.

There were six nominees for the Humanitarian of the Year Award:  Kelvin Alexander, Lynn Araki-Regan, Sandra Florence, Troy Osorno, Jacob Simons and Randy Yamashita.  The award was presented to Sandra Florence for her tireless efforts with Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center and Maui Memorial Medical Center, among others.

The final award of the night was for the Executive Director of the Year.  The four nominees were:  Debbie Cabebe from Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., Aaron Kibota from People Attentive to Children (PATCH), Nancy La Joy from Pacific Cancer Foundation and Chantal Ratte from Ka Lima O Maui.  Chantal Ratte was the winner of the well deserved award for ED of the Year.

BDC - Core Four Graduation - Hana September 2018

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From: Debbie Cabebe *SHRM-SCP, SPHR, NCRT, Chief Executive Officer*
Date: Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 12:34 PM
Subject: Maui Nonprofit Directors announces its Leadership Award Nominees

Press Release- For Immediate Release

September 24, 2018

Maui Nonprofit Directors announces its Leadership Award Nominees

The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association will hold its Annual Meeting and Leadership Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

MNPD members attend for free, but must RSVP online at www.mauinonprofit.org Guests pay $30.00 and must also register online. The RSVP deadline in Monday, October 1, 2018. No payment will be accepted at the door.

Political leaders and candidates will be on hand to talk story and the Board of Directors will be installed.

The following Businesses and Individuals will be recognized and one outstanding performer from each category will be highlighted.

*Community Business Award*

  • Nick Matichyn, Maui Coffee Roasters-Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
  • Hawaii Pacific Solar- Hawaii Nature Center
  • Diane Haynes-Woodburn, Maui No Ka Oi Magazine- Ka Lima O Maui
  • John Despins, Despins General Construction- Maui Economic Opportunity Inc.
  • Sharon Suzuki, Maui Electric Co.- Maui United Way

*Humanitarian Award*

  • Sandar Florence- Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
  • Jacob Saimons- MEO Business Development Center
  • Kelvin Alexander- MEO Community Services
  • Randy Yamashita- MEO Youth Services
  • Troy Osorno- MEO Head Start
  • Lynn Araki-Regan- Gladys C. Baisa

*Outstanding Executive Director of the Year*

  • Chantal Ratte- Ka Lima O Maui
  • Nancy La Joy- Pacific Cancer Foundation
  • Aaron Kibota- People Attentive to Children (PATCH)
  • Debbie Cabebe- Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.

For more information contact mauinonprofit@gmail.com or call Debbie Cabebe at 249-2990.

Press Release for Immediate Release

Press Contact:
  Debbie Cabebe, SPHR
  CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
  Wailuku Maui, HI
  (808) 249-2990, ext. 300

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.’s National Farmworkers Jobs Program Looking for Applicants

WAILUKU, MAUI   Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.’s National Farmworkers Jobs Program (“NFJP”) is looking for applicants. NFJP is a statewide, federally funded employment and training program for low-income individuals who have worked as or are dependents of farm workers.  To qualify, you must have done agricultural work within the past two years or are the dependent of someone who has (taro, coffee, fruits, flowers, spices/herbs, ranch work, etc.), and your primary source of income was earned in agricultural work.  The NFJP program can help you start a new career, get your GED, get a commercial driver’s license, assist with certified nursing assistant training, on the job training, career advancement.  The program consists of comprehensive case management, individualized career planning and social and support services.  Applicants must be at or below the 100% federal poverty guidelines (ex. family of four annual income of $28,870.)  Applications are being accepted on a continuous, rolling basis.  This program is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.  For more information, please contact Gerry Lum at (808) 243-4350.

*MEO Operations Closed on Wednesday, September 12, 2018*

Press Contact:
  *Debbie Cabebe, SPHR*
  *CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.*
  *Wailuku Maui, HI*
  *(808) 249-2990, ext. 300*

WAILUKU, MAUI Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) will close all locations, tomorrow, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in anticipation of dangerous conditions from Tropical Storm Olivia. The Maui County Department of Transportation reported there will be no Maui Bus Services tomorrow, therefore MEO Paratransit will not operate. MEO Human Services will provide essential transportation service under the direction of the Maui Department of Transportation in conjunction with Civil Defense.

2018 Annual Family Fun Day

Had lots of food, great entertainment, games and prizes for our staff and their families. Great to see everyone enjoying themselves and having a good time outside of regular work time.

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MEO 2017 Annual Report

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Press Release for Immediate Release

Press Contact:
  Debbie Cabebe
  CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
  Wailuku Maui, HI
  (808) 249-2990, ext. 300

First West Side Core Four Business Class Graduates

LAHAINA, MAUI   Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) Business Development Center held its first Core Four Business Course on the west side during the months of July and August.  Four students attended all of the classes and graduated on August 27, 2018.  A graduation ceremony was held at Lahaina Pizza Company on Front Street and the proud graduates were given certificates of completion of the course, and were given the opportunity to speak with two representatives from Bank of Hawaii to discuss their business ideas.

The graduating students were:  Dawn Hegger-Nordblom, Kekai Planning, LLC; Jay Cuaresma, Boxed Fitness; Krystal Cunningham, Kabozze, LLC; and Gretchen Losano, West Maui Green Cycle.  Keep your eyes open for these new businesses in the community!

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Special thanks to Ann Neizman and Lisa Francis for attending on behalf of Bank of Hawaii, Marti Wukelic from UH Maui College for use of the Lahaina Education Center, and all of our other partners who make this program successful.

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MEO closed on all islands tomorrow due to hurricane Lane

All MEO sites on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lana'i will be closed Thursday, August 23, 2018 due to hurricane Lane. All MEO Administrative offices, Kahi Kamaili and MEO Head Start centers and MEO Transportation will be closed.

MEO Transportation Director Harry Johnson is in contact with civil defense and will respond to emergencies as instructed.

For more information contact CEO Debbie Cabebe at debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org

MEO is dedicated to "Helping people, and changing lives."

Board Retreat 2018

Come see where MEO board members and staff got to meet and visit sharing many ideas with one another.

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MEO Youth Services and Drive Safely here

Press Release for Immediate Release

Press Contact: 
Debbie Cabebe
CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
 Wailuku Maui, HI
 (808) 249-2990, ext. 300

46th Annual Kupuna Aloha Luncheon held July 28, 2018

The 46th Annual Kupuna Aloha Luncheon was held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Grand Wailea in the Haleakala Ballroom from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  The event was hosted by the Maui County Planning & Coordinating Council, and sponsored by Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.

Over 650 kupuna, guests, current politicians, candidates and dignitaries attended the event.  Governor David Ige and Keith Regan, Managing Director for Mayor Alan Arakawa gave remarks.  Two Kupuna Advocate Awards were given to attorney Larry Ing and Senator Roz Baker for their years of service to Maui County kupuna.

Judge Richard Bissen was the keynote speaker.  Entertainment was be provided by Nevah Too Late.

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46th Annual Kupuna Aloha Luncheon  - Gallery 1

46th Annual Kupuna Aloha Luncheon  - Gallery 2

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MEO’s Annual Board Installation Held July 26, 2018

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MEO inducted their new Officers on the Board of Directors on Thursday, July 26, 2018.  Ned Davis was again sworn in as President of the Board.  Peter Horovitz will also remain as Vice President.  Cliff Alakai is remaining on as Treasurer and Arleen Gerbig will be taking over as Secretary.

In addition to MEO’s board members and executive staff, the luncheon was also attended by State Senators Roz Baker, J. Kalani English and Gil Keith-Agaran.  State Representatives Troy Hashimoto and Justin Woodson (who is also an MEO board member) also attended, as well as Maui County Council members Elle Cochran and Stacy Crivello.  Managing Director Keith Regan presided over the installation on behalf of Mayor Alan Arakawa.  Lunch was catered by Aria’s Restaurant and Catering.

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New Persons in Need Mobility Subsidy Program

This new program starts on August 1 to assist low-income disabled individuals who frequently use the ADA Paratransit service and would benefit from a monthly pass.
  -see attached flyes and application for details-




 * Completed applications must be returned to Jennifer McGurn for processing.
 * Eligible must pay $45.00 a month and CSBG will subsidize the balance.

For more information contact Jennifer McGurn at 808-249-2990

MEO Annual Report - Request for Proposal

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Molokai No Ka Heke Award

Community Needs and Assessment Action Plan

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Proposed State Plan for the CSBG for FFY 2018 & 2019

MEO is Helping People. Changing Lives thanks to a rental assistance grant from the County of Maui Department Housing and Human Concerns.

A 60 year old woman with mental challenges came to the MEO Molokai office for assistance. She was homeless for the past three years, sleeping on friend's couches, in her car, or camping on people's yards. Her only source of income is Social Security and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Working with the Molokai staff she was able to set up a budget that would allow her to pay for an electric and gas deposit and her first months rent. MEO's rental assistance program provided the needed funds to pay for the rental deposit. This allowed her to move into Public Housing. She will continue to meet with her case manager to help her maintain her budget and remain in her new rental She feels safe for the first time in many years and is very grateful to the County and MEO for the assistance. .


More of MEO Actions found here...

MEO provides the tools to help people and change lives with programs offered through five departments:

The BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER assists small business entrepreneurs with business plan training, credit assessment, and micro-loans for startup and expansion.

COMMUNITY SERVICES provides a wide array of services including rental subsidy, employment training and job placement, Enlace Hispano (Hispanic Link), weatherization and energy assistance, senior club coordination, prisoner reintegration, Hawaiian agricultural workshops, BEST Reintegration, Ke Kahua farm and more.

EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES provides quality infant care and early childhood education, offering toddlers a Head Start toward a better education and a better life.

The TRANSPORTATION Department provides rides to the doctor, to work, to school, to adult day care, for necessary shopping, and for other needs with both standard and wheelchair lift-equipped vehicles.

The YOUTH SERVICES Department provides youth with assistance to succeed in school and life through fun-filled opportunities to learn life skills, prepare for the workforce, and serve the community. The prevention of underage drinking, substance abuse, tobacco use, teenage pregnancy, and teenage suicide is consistently blended with youth program activities.

MEO is dedicated to providing tools for living, for earning, for self-reliance, and for community involvement. All programs are designed with the underlying belief that instead of giving people a fish, it is better to teach them how to fish for themselves.

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO), chartered on March 22, 1965 is a private non-profit Community Action Agency. The current annual operating budget is $17 million dollars. MEO provides outreach and information, and administers human service programs to low-income persons, the youth, elderly, immigrants, ex-offenders, persons with disabilities and medical needs, and other disadvantaged individuals and families on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. The agency was organized as a Community Action Agency under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to strengthen and coordinate efforts to eliminate poverty by providing opportunities in education, employment and training, transportation and other areas to help people, help themselves.

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Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO), chartered on March 22, 1965 is a private non-profit Community Action Agency. The current annual operating budget is $17 million dollars. MEO provides outreach and information, and administers human service programs to low-income persons, the youth, elderly, immigrants, ex-offenders, persons with disabilities and medical needs...


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