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MEO Community Services provides a wide array of programs and services, including employment training and job placement, financial literacy, acculturation and education for Hispanic/Latino individuals and families, rental and energy assistance, weatherization for low-income households, senior club support and advocacy, partnerships with local farmers to provide seniors with access to fresh fruit and vegetables, reentry and reintegration services for returning citizens, education and advocacy for persons with disabilities, and more.

 

 

Are there government benefits that could help you — ones you are not yet accessing? Go on the Web to https://www.benefits.gov/ (link will open in a new window or tab) to check.

Until now, discovering what government benefits are available and which ones you can qualify for has been, at best, a hit-and-miss exercise. No one person possessed all the information about loans, grants, insurance, food programs, rental assistance and other possible government benefits.

MEO clients with case workers have a better chance than most of discovering needed assistance. This Web site will make life easier even for those case managers and clients. Also, starting on this U.S. government Web site, a few clicks will take you to Web pages about benefits available through the Hawai‘i government. Even if you think there are no benefits available to you, you owe it to your family to spend a few minutes on the site . . . just checking it out.

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*MEO Abilities Fair set for April 30 at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center*The Maui Economic Opportunity Abilities Awareness Fair, which will provide information about services for persons with disabilities and promote better awareness about living with a disability, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center.The event is being staged by MEO’s Maui Independent Living Center and will feature entertainment by Zenshin Daiko, Get-up and Dance country line dancers, Maui Language Institute students, fashion model Aimee Bellard and Lions Club of Maui.Ed Kanoi of KPOA will serve as emcee, and JamN J Productions Jose Castro will be the DJ.Agencies slated to attend cover a range of needs for persons with disabilities including child, developmental disabilities, mental health, home health care, recreation, safety awareness and blind and deaf services. Comprehensive Service Center of Oahu and its project coordinator Rosalind Kia will be honored at the event for their advocacy of persons with disabilities in Hawaii.The goal of the Abilities Awareness Fair is to bring better understanding and acceptance of persons with disabilities. Maui Independent Living Center helps persons with disabilities maintain their independence by connecting and helping them navigate available services.For more information, contact the Maui Independent Living Center at (808) 243-4362. ... See MoreSee Less
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*MEO collects 158 long sleeve shirts for national drive for farmworkers*Maui Economic Opportunity collected 158 shirts for the National Long Sleeve Shirt Drive, aimed at protecting farmworkers from pesticides and heat in the fields, from March 26 to April 2.MEO works with farmworkers and farms statewide through the National Farmworker Jobs Program, offering clothing, job training and employment. The long-sleeve shirt drive was part of National Farmworker Awareness Week. In addition to collecting protective shirts for farmworkers, the drive brought attention to occupational hazards in the fields.Eight drop off locations were secured in all four counties statewide, including MEO offices on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i and Valley Isle Federal Credit Union. Shirts also were collected at the Hispanic Resource Fair at MEO in Wailuku on March 26 in conjunction with the visit of the Mexican Consulate.With a long history supporting farmworkers, MEO is the Hawaii grantee for the federal NFJP program; it is the only statewide program MEO administers. More than 2,500 migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families have been assisted by NFJP through MEO’s efforts.In March 1975, MEO launched the “Seasonally Employed Farmworkers Program” with 18 participants during the vibrant days of the sugar and pineapple industries on Maui. Farmworker programs have had different names through the years – Job Training Partnership Act Seasonally Employed Farmworkers Program and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers program.Through the 1980s, MEO assisted a couple hundred Filipino farmworkers each year with education and medical assistance, child care, English as a Second Language and job placement, resulting in higher wages and benefits. A shortage of field workers in the 1990s developed with the pull of the visitor industry, leading Maui Pineapple Co., Wailuku Agribusiness and independent farmers to bring in migrant and seasonal farmworkers through the Rocky Mountain High Coalition in a partnership administered by MEO.The program assisted migrants by placing them in jobs in the fields, canneries and machine shops and helping them obtain Commercial Driver Licenses and heavy equipment operator and welding certifications. Migrants were provided dormitory-style housing by Maui Pineapple, and MEO staff assisted with permanent housing, education, industry certifications, child care, ESL and citizenship classes and acculturation. With MEO’s assistance, many of the migrants became citizens.Today, more than 10 percent of Maui’s population identifies as Hispanic or Latino and many of them have ties to the migrant workers brought to Maui from Mexico.For more information about NFJP, call (808) 243-4369 or go to the MEO’s website at www.meoinc.org. ... See MoreSee Less
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