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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 (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 receives $211,226 grant for senior employment program*A Maui Economic Opportunity program that provides on-the-job training for Maui County seniors and is currently seeking applicants has received a $211,226 federal grant that runs through June 2022.Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) was established by the federal Older American Act for income eligible seniors, 55 years or older, who are unemployed. Priority is given to veterans and qualified spouses and persons with disabilities, limited literacy and English language proficiency and at-risk for homelessness or homeless.Participants work an average of 20 hours a week and are paid the state minimum wage. Program training and work experience serve as a bridge to a regular paying job.This announcement comes as National Employ Older Workers Week began this week, running through Saturday, Sept. 25. The theme of the week is “The Future is NEOWW!" and encourages employers to hire older workers who have shown they have the experience to thrive in the current workforce – even amid a pandemic.MEO’s program that helps seniors gain employment received final grant approval in June from the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, the agency that manages the grant for the state. It is for the two-year period that began in June 2020.In July, MEO had 17 participants in the program. They were placed at MEO Community Services and Transportation departments, Hale Mahaolu facilities and Maui Adult Day Care Centers.Audrey, who only wished to be identified by her first name, is a recent success story, who enrolled in the program and was placed as an aide at Maui Adult Day Care Centers – Ocean View Center at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center. She lost her job at the airport due to the pandemic.In addition to SCSEP, Audrey also was enrolled in MEO’s Employment Services Program, part of the nonprofit’s “one-stop” array of assistance.Audrey’s hard work culminated in three offers and a full-time job at a Kihei retailer. MEO assisted her in shopping for work clothes in September.She credits MEO and Carmelei Leano in SCSEP and Jan Cerizo in the Employment Services Program for their support and encouragement on her employment journey."MEO has really been good to me," Audrey said.The SCSEP program currently is accepting applicants. For more information, contact Leano at 249-2970.*About Maui Economic Opportunity*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, please visit or call (808) 249-2990. ... See MoreSee Less
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***The Future is NEOWW***It's National Employ Older Workers Week from Sunday, Sept. 19, to Saturday, Sept. 25. The theme for this year's Week is: "The Future is NEOWW!" Over the past year, older workers have shown a remarkable ability to adapt to the changing demands of a dynamic workplace. Whether that has been a transition to virtual workspaces or learning new online skills necessary for the workplace in 2021, older workers have shown they have the experience to thrive in the current workforce. These are the things that remind us that it's always a good time to hire an older worker! Maui Economic Opportunity offers a senior on-the-job training program for unemployed kupuna 55 years and older, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Contact Carmelei Leano at 249-2970 for more information.Visit SCSEP site here: ... See MoreSee Less
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Hispanic Heritage Month¡Buenas Tardes Everyone!Today begins the celebration of *Hispanic Heritage Month*!Just a little information; "Hispanic" refers to Spanish speakers or those who descend from Spanish-speaking populations, "Latino" refers to those who are from or are descendants of people from Latin America.You may have heard the term "Latinx" as well as "Latina" or "Latino.""Latinx" is a gender-fluid term.For more content and information: ... See MoreSee Less
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MEO helps client with his employment needsBryan Benz, an enrollee in Maui Economic Opportunity’s BEST (Being Empowered and Safe Together) Reintegration and Employment Services programs, was so excited to shop for work-related items – with the financial support of MEO – at Ross Dress for Less in Kahului on Tuesday.He started working full-time as a stock clerk at the Maui Lani Foodland and made purchasing a pair of nonskid shoes his top priority. He shared that he slipped and fell while working over the weekend.Along with a jacket, T-shirts and a few pairs of jeans, Bryan now feels fully equipped to keep and maintain his current job. Before getting the Foodland job, he washed dishes and cleaned cars."This one is definitely for keeps,” he said of his new job.Bryan expressed his appreciation to MEO and its staff for the financial and emotional support, encouragement and training he has received since he was released after more than a decade of incarceration. ... See MoreSee Less
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48th Annual Maui County Senior Fair! 😃🤙The 48th annual Senior Fair, “Communities of Strength,” will return virtually for the second time in the event’s history beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, due to the pandemic. The Fair will appear virtually via Zoom, livestreamed on Facebook and broadcast on Akaku Channel 54 and offers information for kupuna, entertainment and fellowship.Legislators, for-profit businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to participate by commercial, pre-recorded message via Zoom. Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, Sept. 27. For-profit businesses can submit a 60-second commercial for a $25 fee/donation. There is no-cost for nonprofit agencies or legislators to join, though gift cards of $10 or $20 increments would be appreciated for door prizes for Kupuna.All commercials and messages must be no longer than 60 seconds and must be prerecorded and submitted in MP4 format by Monday, Oct. 11.Legislators may choose to speak virtually for 60 seconds but must submit an application by Sept. 27.This event is produced by MEO and funded by the Maui County Office on Aging. For more information, go to, email or call (808) 243-4306. ... See MoreSee Less
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