The Mexican Consulate handled about 480 appointments on March 26 and 27 at Maui Economic Opportunity in Wailuku, helping individuals and families with their passports and other documentation.
This was the first visit by the Consulate in two years due to the pandemic with brisk demand for appointments. The downstairs classroom of host MEO was filled with clients and Consulate staff with a line stretching into the parking lot on both days.
In addition to the 400 appointments, the 17 members of the Consulate staff from San Francisco accepted a total of about 80 walk-in meetings during the two days. The majority of the appointments were for passport renewals, but staff also was ready to process birth certificate retrievals from Mexico, civil registries, Consular IDs, voting cards and other documents.
Another Consulate visit is set for August with plans for handling 400 appointments.
In conjunction with the Consulate visit, MEO held the Hispanic Heritage Resource Fair in the parking lot on a rainy March 26 with representatives from groups and organizations involved with legal, health care, food assistance and educational services.
For more information about assistance for immigrants, call (808) 249-2970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., is a nonprofit agency that’s part of the national Community Action Partnership network, whose goal is to help low income individuals and families and disenfranchised people help themselves and transform their lives. Chartered in 1965, MEO offers more than 40 programs that assist low income people, kupuna, youths, persons with disabilities, immigrants and other disenfranchised individuals. MEO runs the Human Services transportation program and the Maui Bus paratransit system and Head Start preschools, as well as programs that offer kupuna socialization and information; rent, mortgage and utility assistance; Spanish interpretation and translation; entrepreneurial and financial basics; inmate reintegration into the community after release; and youth anti-drinking, -bullying and -suicide prevention. For more information about the entire array of programs, visit meoinc.org or call (808) 249-2990.