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With vaccinations and easing of pandemic restrictions, the MEO Office in Wailuku is open to the public in-person. Facemasks still are required.

Riders and staff on public transportation still are required to wear facemasks. Staff will continue to be available by phone and email.

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MEO Head Start program in compliance with federal standards

MEO Head Start program in compliance with federal standards

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Head Start preschool program meets all federal Head Start standards for educational programming and teaching practices, health and safety and family strengthening, according to a recent onsite federal review that is conducted every five...

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MEO Teen Financial Literacy workshop set in June

MEO Teen Financial Literacy workshop set in June

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Teen Financial Literacy Workshop will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. June 20, 22, 27 and 29. The four-session program offered through MEO’s Business Development Center covers budgeting and savings, basic banking, applying for jobs, credit and...

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Sherrilynn Nishikuni named MEO Employee of the Month

Sherrilynn Nishikuni named MEO Employee of the Month

Assistant Director of Transportation Sherrilynn Nishikuni was named Maui Economic Opportunity Employee of the Month for her ability to “wear many hats” and work her way up from driver to the No. 2 post in the department. “Need a supervisor, dispatcher, reservationist...

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*MEO Head Start program in compliance with federal standards*Maui Economic Opportunity’s Head Start preschool program meets all federal Head Start standards for educational programming and teaching practices, health and safety and family strengthening, according to a recent onsite federal review that is conducted every five years.A federal monitoring team from the Administration for Children and Families visited Maui from Jan. 18 to 22 to observe the MEO Head Start program, review financial and other documents and meet with staff, families and board members.“Based on the information gathered during this review, we have found your program meets the requirements of all applicable HHPPS (Head Start Program Performance Standards), laws, regulations and policy requirements,” said a letter to MEO from Bernadine Futrell, director of the Office of Head Start.The onsite review was part of a three-pronged monitoring protocol by the federal Office of Head Start to verify documents submitted by the MEO Head Start program. The third part, the Classroom Assessment Scoring System Reviews, will be held next year.“OHS uses the information collected during reviews to understand the grant recipient's approach to program design and services,” the Office of Head Start said. “The information is also used to evaluate their performance and continuous program improvement.”The review team examined MEO’s program management, education and child development services, health services, family and community engagement and fiscal infrastructure and found the program to be in compliance with standards and regulations.The report, issued on March 25, cited MEO’s “culturally diverse staff members (that) reflect the ethnic blending of area communities,” connections facilitated by staff that “helped build relationships among families” and fiscal management aligned to the collaboratively developed budget.“We thank our Head Start staff, families and board members for participating in this rigorous and comprehensive review,” said CEO Debbie Cabebe. “MEO Head Start fills a critical need, providing preschool at no cost to low income families, while working to strengthen families. We are elated with this positive assessment.”MEO Head Start is facing a staffing shortage, like nearly all Head Start programs across the country. The report did note vacancies for an education manager and mental health consultant. Since the filing of the report, the mental health position has been filled.Other current openings include teacher aides, family services manager, education manager and lead teachers. The annual salary for the education manager is $50,600 and the family services manager, $45,250, and $20.40 an hour for a lead teacher for the summer program.“We ask members of the community who have a love of children and education and believe in building families to consider joining our Head Start team,” said Cabebe. “We have many Head Start graduates, our success stories, thriving in the community. Join us in Helping People. Changing Lives.”The MEO has operated the Head Start program since the nonprofit’s inception in 1965 and enrolls about 200, 3 and 4 year olds, in sites on Maui and Moloka‘i. For more information, call (808) 249-2988 or go to the web site www.meoinc.org.Children in the Moloka‘i Head Start program say goodbye to retiring MEO Moloka‘i Branch Manager Yolanda Reyes in March. ... See MoreSee Less
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*MEO Teen Financial Literacy workshop set in June*Maui Economic Opportunity’s Teen Financial Literacy Workshop will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. June 20, 22, 27 and 29.The four-session program offered through MEO’s Business Development Center covers budgeting and savings, basic banking, applying for jobs, credit and its importance and more.The workshop is free and is geared for students from intermediate to high school. The four sessions are set to be held in-person at MEO, 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku, but could move online depending on pandemic conditions.To register for the workshop, go to form.jotform.com/211266480815152, call (808) 243-4347 or email lianne.perosbusch@meoinc.org.MEO’s Business Development Center is partnering on the workshop with Hawaii State Federal Credit Union. The instructors are Lianne Peros-Busch with BDC and Jaimie Dukelow with Hawaiʻi State Federal Credit Union. The Maui County Office of Economic Development is providing funding for the workshop.Manny Dukelow receives his Teen Financial Literacy certificate of completion, along with a few other goodies, at last year’s drive-thru graduation on June 18 at Maui Economic Opportunity. Also appearing in the photo are class instructors (from left) Lianne Peros-Busch and Jaimie Dukelow and Business Development Center Director David Daly. ... See MoreSee Less
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*Sherrilynn Nishikuni named MEO Employee of the Month*Assistant Director of Transportation Sherrilynn Nishikuni was named Maui Economic Opportunity Employee of the Month for her ability to “wear many hats” and work her way up from driver to the No. 2 post in the department.“Need a supervisor, dispatcher, reservationist or driver? This person can do it all,” said her nominator Iris Malaikini.In her 21 years at MEO Transportation, Sherrilynn has driven buses and served as a dispatcher/reservationist, scheduler/planner, lead reservationist and Transportation Office Supervisor, overseeing daily operations. Sherrilynn joined MEO in November 2001.Iris said that Sherrilynn comes in early, stays late and will come to the office on days off and is flexible.“In our line of business, creativity is key,” she said. “Sometimes schedules are a puzzle . . . and ‘thinking outside of the box’ is crucial in making sure someone gets from Point A to Point B in a safe and timely manner. This person will take it apart and put it back together and make it work.”For being named Employee of the Month for March, Sherrilynn earned a $150 check and an extra vacation day. Iris received $50 as the nominator.Sherrilynn Nishikuni (left), Maui Economic Opportunity Assistant Director of Transportation, was named employee of the month. She poses for a photo with her nominator, Iris Malaikini. ... See MoreSee Less
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*MEO seeks residents to fill out Community Needs Survey*Maui Economic Opportunity has begun circulating a survey on the causes of poverty in Maui County to be used in the development of a Community Needs Assessment and Action Plan that the nonprofit generates every three years.As a Community Action Partnership nonprofit, one of hundreds established in communities nationwide to battle poverty, MEO is required to create the Needs Assessment and Action Plan every three years – with the last plan drawn up in 2020.In the last assessment, the areas of concern included cost of living, homeless support, drug abuse, mental illness and physical disability support, health care costs, a culture of a life of poverty, affordable quality child care and divorce/feminization.“We encourage our Maui County community, including on Lana‘i and Moloka‘i, to participate in identifying critical needs and concerns in the county by filling out our survey,” said MEO CEO Debbie Cabebe. “This is the critical first step in creating an action plan to assist our residents in need.”Based on the four-page survey and the Action Plan, the 57-year-old nonprofit will align its more than 40 programs and develop new ones if needed to tackle the top concerns of low income and other disenfranchised residents of Maui County, said Cabebe.The next steps in developing the Action Plan include reviewing the surveys, forming and taking input from focus groups and approval by the MEO Board of Directors. The Action Plan, which will cover the period of Oct. 1, 2023, to Sept. 30, 2026, is being done by Dr. Lori Teragawachi, who has been contracted by MEO.“MEO’s mission is to ‘strengthen the community while helping people in need restore their hope, reach their potential and enrich their lives,’ ’’ said Cabebe. “Please be our partner in helping our neighbors in need.”A copy of the survey may be downloaded at bit.ly/3lE2yUH, filled out and emailed to lee.imada@meoinc.org, mailed to P.O. Box 2122, Kahului, HI, 96733; or dropped off at 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku. Forms also may be filled out over the phone by calling (808) 243-4306. ... See MoreSee Less
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