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NEW MEO BUSES BLESSED

Four new Maui Economic Opportunity buses that will be used to transport Maui youths, seniors and persons with disabilities were blessed Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at the MEO baseyard in Puunene.

The 29-passenger buses were purchased by the County of Maui for a total of $570,000 as part of the 2019-2020 fiscal year, prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are replacements for buses that are more than 12 years old.

One of the buses will be used for youths as young as preschool age and includes integrated child safety seats. This yellow bus was purchased for $135,000.

The other three buses are Americans with Disabilities Act accessible with two wheelchair slots. The buses, which cost $145,000 each, will be used as rural shopping shuttles and to transport persons with disabilities living outside the three-quarter mile paratransit service area.

The new buses are equipped with Mor Ryde suspension systems to reduce vibration and shock for a smoother ride and an automatic door opener for wheelchair access.

In 2020, MEO Transportation provided more than 357,000 rides throughout Maui County. MEO runs the Maui Bus ADA paratransit service through a contract with Maui County. The nonprofit agency also operates human services transportation, providing rides for seniors, persons with disabilities, youths and residents in rural areas throughout Maui County.

Transportation is only one sector of MEO, a nonprofit Community Action Agency formed 55 years ago. The agency offers programs countywide for business development; youths, including workforce preparation, substance abuse prevention and Head Start; senior club coordination; rental and energy assistance; and integration of formerly incarcerated individuals into the community.


Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino takes a ride in a newly blessed Maui Economic Opportunity bus purchased by the County of Maui on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at the MEO Puunene base yard. – Photo by Even Dust


The Rev. Tino Cordova of Iao United Church of Christ blesses one of four new buses, operated by Maui Economic Opportunity, at the MEO baseyard in Puunene on Wednesday,  Jan. 13, 2021. The 29-seat buses, purchased by the County of Maui, will serve youths, seniors, persons with disabilities and rural residents. – Photo by Maui Economic Development


Shown is one of four new buses blessed Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at the Maui Economic Opportunity baseyard in Puunene. Attending the blessing were (from left): Debbie Cabebe, CEO of MEO; Marc Takamori, director of the county Department of Transportation; the Rev. Tino Cordova of Iao United Church of Christ, who blessed the buses; Maui County Council Member Tasha Kama, who is also an MEO board member; Harry Johnson, MEO transportation director; and Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino. – Photo by Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc


Press Release for Immediate Release

Press Contact:  Cassi Yamashita
Director of Community Services
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
(808) 249-2990, ext. 359
cassi.yamashita@meoinc.org

Second Annual Abilities Awareness Fair – January 22, 2021 (Virtual)

MEO’s Maui Independent Living Center program will be hosting their Second Annual Abilities Awareness Fair on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 10am to 11:30am.  The program will be held virtually via Zoom and can also be livestreamed via MEO’s Facebook page. 

The annual event celebrates the persons with disabilities community, allows vendors to reach out to the community and allows the disability community to showcase their talents with special entertainment performances.  Recognition will be given to the individual and organization who has shown incredible dedication to serving the persons with disabilities community.

If you would like to be a vendor for this event, please contact Nani Watanabe at (808) 249-2990, extension 328 no later than Friday, January 15, 2021.  Vendors can provide a one minute “commercial” to be played during the event (for $25) and/or can donate gift cards to be given away as prizes.  All vendors and donors will be recognized during the event.



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Hale Mahaolu at Ke Kahua

We are excited to announce MEO's plans to partner with Hale Mahaolu and High Ridge Costa to build 120- 1, 2 and 3 bedroom affordable rental units for low-income families.  The campus will include a MEO Head Start Center and community center to be used by the sites residents.  The project is expected to break ground by the end of 2021.


For more information, contact MEO CEO Debbie Cabebe.




 Click here for information or to apply for the MEO BDC Agriculture Micro Grants Program


Press Release - For Immediate Release
October 28, 2020

MEO Bus Blessing view here

The Reverend Tino Cordova of Iao United Church of Christ blessed three new MEO buses to service Maui island. These buses will primarily transport Head Start keiki and will supplement MEO Youth transportation services. A fourth bus is being shipped to Molokai and will be blessed there at a later time.
The new buses include integrated child safety seats, making it easier to transition services between preschool age keiki and youth and were funded by a State Grant-in Aid.

Senator Roz Baker, and Representatives Troy Hashimoto and Justin Woodson, MDOT Director Marc Takemori and MEO Board Chair Bard Peterson participated in the small ceremony.

In the last fiscal year, MEO performed more than 78,000 trips of Maui County keiki and youth.

For more information about MEO services visit MEO's website at www.meoinc.org


Greetings from Hawaii Head Start Association

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Cliff Ceasar MEO's New Chief Human Resource Officer


Click here for MEO Agriculture Micro Grant Program facebook video


Press Release-For immediate release
October 16, 2020

MNPD 2020 Leadership Awards Recipients

The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association held its Annual Meeting and Leadership Awards via Zoom, installing the association's 2020-2021 officers and recognizing its supporters. Judge Richard Bissen installed the newly elected officers, President- Cassandra Abdul, Vice President Nick Winfrey, Treasurer Sherri Dodson, Secretary Richard Carr, Immediate Past President Bevanne Bowers, and at-large members Debbie Cabebe, Marshall Norman, and Reverend Florentino Cordova.

The Maui County Fire and Safety and Police Departments received the Community Business Award, recognizing them for protecting life and property during the 2019 Wildfires. Due to their swift action and continued diligence many businesses and nonprofits were spared loss. Maui Economic Opportunity nominated the two departments stating, "Their response spared MEO potential damages and loss totaling approximately $6.9 million, impacting the more than 75 staff and 7,000 clients who relay on MEO Transportation."

Judge Adrianne Heely was recognized as the Humanitarian of the Year. Nominated by The Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui for the numerous hours she spends ensuring that children, parents, and those suffering from addiction are treated with compassion, empathy, and dignity. She offers alternative consequences for behavior and supports participation in empowerment programs, keeping families together. She also gives of her time, talent and treasury to various nonprofits.

Bevanne Bowers, Executive Director of Maui Mediation Services received the distinguished O'o Award as Maui County's Outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director. She was nominated by MSM board member JD Wyatt stating, " Bevanne is a true leader in every sense. She motivates an inspires board, staff, mediators, agency partners, and legislators, and focuses on agency impact and sustainability. She has expanded and elevated the agency's services that are vital to the health of the community."

The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association has been serving Maui County for more than 30 years. Collectively through the work of 63 members, the organization represents the shared experience and expertise of thousands of hours of community service and leadership. For more information visit www.mauinonprofit.org


Press Release- For immediate release
October 13 2020

MEO's receives a Certificate of Accreditation from the Better Business Bureau

Maui Economic Opportunity has obtained a Certificate of Accreditation from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), meeting all BBB Accreditation Standards and supporting the principals of BBB which include ethical business practices, honesty, integrity, reliability and trust.

To learn more about MEO and its programs, visit MEO's website at www.meoinc.org


Fall Break MEO TEEN FINANCIAL LITERACY WORKSHOP🍂 Call 808-243-4347 or DM for more information 🙋‍♀️

Teens will learn BUDGETING, BANKING BASICS, CREDIT and so much more!💵


Congratulations to Cliff Ceasar, MEO's August 2020 Employee of the Month!




Press Release- For immediate release

Maui Nonprofit Directors Association Leadership Awards and Annual Meeting

The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association will hold its Leadership Awards and Annual meeting virtually on Zooml streamed on Facebook and broadcast on AKAKU channel 54 on Thursday, October 15, 2020 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Please join us for remarks from our elected officials and candidates, installation of officers and recognition of honorees.

Honorees:
Humanitarian-
Pastor Sarah Beckman- Big Brother Big Sisters of Maui
Ned Davis- MEO Head Start
James Geiger, Esq- Maui Family Support Services
Judge Adrianne Heely- Friends of the Children's Justice Center
Harlan Hughes- Maui Mediation Services
Ashley Kanillio- MEO Youth Services
Edwina Wilson-Snyder- MEO Community Services
Wayne Wong- MEO Business Development Center

Community Business
Aloha International Employment- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui
Maui Fire and Safety, and Maui Police Department- Maui Economic Opportunity

Maui County's Outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year
Bevanne Bowers, Maui Mediation Services
Sanoe Ka'aihue- Women Helping Women

2020-2021 MNPD Board Members
President - Cassandral Abdul- Na Hale O Maui
Vice President- Nick Windfrey- Maui United Way
Treasurer- Sherri Dodson- Habitat for Humanity
Secretary- Richard Carr- Hawaii Animal Rescue
Intimidate past president - Bevanne Bowers- Maui Mediation Services
At Large Members-
Debbie Cabebe, MEO
Rev Tino Cordova- Iao United Church of Christ
Marshall Norman- Job Corps Maui

RSVP no later than Thursday October 8, 2020 to mauinonprofit@gmail.com
For more information call Debbie Cabebe at 243-4300.


Here is the link to the Roundtable on AKAKU's Facebook. You can watch it by clicking here.


The 48th Annual Kupuna Aloha Celebration was streamed live on FaceBook. You can watch it by clicking here!


ZOOM INTO SUMMER With MEO YOUTH SERVICES

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Please join us in congratulating Rosemarie Nitta, Teacher Aide at UHMC. She recently completed her Child Development Associate Credential training!

Rose joined our MEO Head Start team in August of 2019 and immediately found that although she was passionate about working with young children, it would take more than just loving children to be successful in providing quality care and experiences. Rose shared that she wanted to be able to
really connect and work effectively with children, which led to her decision to pursue obtaining her CDA credentials.

She is now ready for the next step which will be to create her portfolio. We are blessed to have Rose as part of our team, and the children and families in our program are extremely fortunate to have a teacher who wants more for them!
Keep up the great work


Video from Lanai Community to Essential Workers 

Maui Non Profit Directors Association

Grab and go foods for Head Start families

Lanai Surplus Food Delivery Team - click for pictures

Molokai staff assists with surplus food distribution - click for pictures

Hana COVID19 testing - click for pictures

Mayor Michael Victorino holds a press conference to discuss Maui County's response efforts to fight the spread of coronavirus - click for video

Face Masks with old Uniforms! As Mayor stated, "Better than nothing"

Mahalo to our staff and volunteers for sewing masks for our essential workers


Congratulations Miss Alex!
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Please join us in celebrating our very own Assistant Director of Early Childhood Services, Alexandria Domingo, for reaching an important milestone of completing her B.A Degree from UH West O'ahu!

Better known as "Miss Alex", Alex started her career with MEO Head Start in October 2004. She obtained her Associates Degree from Maui Community College in 2007. In 2014 she was promoted to the Early Childhood Services Assistant Director position with a dedication to impact positive change for staff, children, and families.

Alex's affect on the children, families and staff is highly impressive. She has an admirable ability to teach young children and work with families which is truly evident when you talk to anyone who has engaged with her as a teacher or mentor.

Along with being dedicated to her love of teaching young children and working with families, Alex is committed to her family including husband, Eddie, and her two sons. She is actively involved in community leadership roles related to early childhood education. For Alex, the possibilities are endless. For today, we celebrate her and this amazing accomplishment!!

We are thankful for all you do Alex, and are extremely grateful and fortunate to have you as part of our MEO Early Childhood Services ohana!
CONGRATULATIONS


Congratulations Ms. Grace!

Please join us in congratulating our Ms.Grace Colcol, Lead Teacher in Kihei, on her accomplishment of completing her B.A Degree from UH West O’ahu!!!

Ms. Grace worked hard to obtain her degree while balancing family, school assignments and projects, and working as a first year Lead Teacher! Now that is quite an accomplishment!!!

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19, UH was not able to have their usual commencement. However, we wanted to honor Gracie and share this wonderful milestone in her career! Gracie started as a Teacher Aide, became Assistant Teacher, and is now a Lead Teacher!!! Her keiki and families adore her and have many wonderful things to say about the work she does!

We are extremely proud of you Ms.Grace, and blessed to have you as part of our Head Start ‘ohana
❤️❤️❤️CONGRATULATIONS❤️❤️❤️


** UPDATE **

For Client and Staff Health and Safety MEO Office will be closed to all in person traffic except by appointment

Effective Wednesday, March 25 at midnight, MEO will be closed to all in-person traffic to our facilities.  However, staff will be available by phone, email or in-person by appointment ONLY.

Please stay home and email info@meoinc.org to discuss your individual needs and we will contact you.

If you do not have the ability to email us, to minimize your hold time, please contact the department you need assistance from directly and only contact the Administration office if you are not sure who to contact.  We will do our best to respond before the end of business on the day that you call.

  • Administration Office- 249-2990
  • Community Services- 249-2970
  • Enlace Hispano- 249-2993
  • Early Childhood Services- 249-2988
  • Business Development Center- 249-2990
  • B.E.S.T. Reintegration- 249-2970
  • Youth Services- 249-2990
  • Transportation- 877-7651
  • Hana- 248-8282
  • Lana’i- 808- 565-6665
  • Moloka'i- 808-553-3216

MEO continues to Help People. Change Lives

March 22, 2020 marks 55 years since MEO was established and was designated as Maui County’s antipoverty agency.

We had planned many community and employee activities and events to celebrate this milestone. However, in response to the current national crisis, we are postponing these activities and events until later in the year and are focusing on keeping our staff safe, while meeting the needs of the people we serve.

Effective, Monday, March 23 all staff (except for Kahi Kamali’i Toddler Center and Head Start teaching staff) will work a three-day staggered workweek to minimize the risk of exposure and support social distancing. All MEO offices will remain open during normal business hours to allow us to quickly respond to urgent needs, such as essential transportation to and from dialysis and necessary medical appointments, and shopping for food and medicine, toddler care for essential workers, and has limited funds for emergency assistance to pay for rent and for essential food.

Kahi Kamali’Ii is open during regular hours of operation Monday through Thursday to serve working families and will close at noon on Fridays to allow for deep cleaning. All Head Start remains closed in conjunction with the DOE.

To keep everyone safe, as much as possible, we discourage in-person visits to our facilities. Please stay home and email info@meoinc.org to discuss your individual needs and we will contact you. We are also contacting all current clients to determine need and provide assistance when possible.

If you do not have the ability to email us, to minimize your hold time, please contact the department you need assistance from directly and only contact the Administration office if you are not sure who to contact. We will do our best to respond before the end of business on the day that you call.

Administration Office- 249-2990

Community Services- 249-2970

Enlace Hispano- 249-2993

Early Childhood Services- 249-2988

Business Development Center- 249-2990

B.E.S.T. Reintegration- 249-2970

Youth Services- 249-2990

Transportation- 877-7651

Hana- 248-8282

Lana’i- 808-565-6665

Moloka'i- 808-553-3216

For more information, contact Debbie Cabebe at debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org or call at 243-4300, or Gay Sibonga at gay.sibonga@meoinc.org or call 243-4342.


CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19

Access is closely monitoring the Coronavirus COVID-19 public health crisis and is engaging in proactive steps to ensure that we protect our riders, contractors and employees. Riders are reminded to:

  1. refrain from unnecessary travel if you are sick,
  2. cover your coughs and sneezes, and
  3. wash hands frequently with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Press Release for Immediate Release

Press Contact:  Debbie Cabebe, SPHR
CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
(808) 249-2990, ext. 300
debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org

MEO’s Driver of the Year Named

MEO awarded its 2019 Driver of the Year Award to Marvin DeCastro.  This award is sponsored and presented annually by Atlas Insurance.  Marvin exemplifies MEO’s core values and lives our motto every day – “Helping People, Changing Lives”.

Mr. DeCastro has been with the company since 2007 and also received the “Cash for No Crash” award, which is given to drivers who are not involved in any accidents during the calendar year.  Mr. DeCastro has never had an accident in the 12 years since working for Maui Economic Opporunity.

Congratuations Marvin!


MEO Welcomes Megan Malia Mathias to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Renee M. Moyer to our Fiscal Department

MEO Welcomes Veronica Jachowski to our Community Services Department

MEO Welcomes Kelly Byrne to our ECS / Head Start Department

MEO 2019 Volunteer of the Year, Ned Davis

MEO 2019 Benefactors of the Year, Maui County Fire and Public Safety & Maui County Police Department


Helping People, Changing Lives!

CEO Debbie Cabebe is on Capitol Hill this week meeting with Hawai’i State legislators.

Appreciated meeting today with Debbie Cabebe and her team from Maui Economic Opportunity, on their statewide administration of the National Farmworker Jobs Program, plus our vital Head Start and Community Services Block Grants.


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Molokai Bus Blessing of P162

Molokai receives a new ADA accessible bus

Mahalo to the Maui County Mayor, Maui Dept of Transportation and the Maui County Council for the new wheelchair accessible bus for Molokai. This bus was blessed yesterday and will be used to service the expanded rural shuttle that transports residents to and from the East and West ends of the island into Kaunakakai Town.

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During the last fiscal year, MEO provided nearly 24,000 trips on the island of Molokai.

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ECS - Staff Development & Annual Party

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The Maui Non Profit Directors Association (MNPDA) held its Annual Meeting and Leadership Awards Ceremony at the MACC - click

The final award of the night was for the Executive Director of the Year.  The two nominees were:  Debbie Cabebe from Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. and Susan White from The Paia Youth Council.  Debbie Cabebe was the winner of the well deserved award for Executive Director of the Year.


Senior Services Red Card Application - click here


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


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


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. .

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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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