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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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The MEO Minute on The Maui Daily 2Cassi Yamashita, director of Community Services, presented the second installment of The MEO Minute on The Maui Daily on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The focus of her report was on the housing assistance available.The Nov. 10 Maui Daily can be viewed at cloud.castus.tv/vod/akaku/video/618c68c3c3c0a700091fa99f?page=HOME ... See MoreSee Less
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*Housing ‘guru’ Kathy Jimenez named MEO September Employee of the Month*Rental Assistance “Guru” Kathy Jimenez, who has been offering funding, empathy and hope to families beset with financial difficulties due to the pandemic, was named Maui Economic Opportunity’s Employee of the Month for September.“Faced with an ever-changing landscape presented by COVID, leaving in its wake casualties of hundreds of unemployed, under-employed, furloughed clients, all of whom are anxious about the uncertainties of their family's future, this colleague finds herself in the midst of the service-delivery chain, which aims to provide some semblance of financial help and a ray of hope to these beleaguered clients,” said her nominator Jan Cerizo.Kathy has been able to navigate this landscape by maintaining her professional composure and remaining “unruffled and flexible,” said Cerizo. She also runs community outreach for her program and works to lessen the stress for her clients and co-workers. She “is the consummate team player, demonstrates personal excellence, practices empathy, exhibits creativity, displays flexibility and exemplifies integrity,” Cerizo said.This is Jimenez’s second Employee of the Month award, having earned the honor for January 2019. A Housing Specialist III, she joined MEO in June 2017.For being named Employee of the Month for September, Jimenez gets an extra vacation day and a $150 check. Cerizo earned $50 for the nomination. The announcement was made at MEO’s general staff meeting on Oct. 27. ... See MoreSee Less
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*48th Maui County Senior Fair a virtual affair*The 48th Maui County Senior Fair – held virtually for the second year in a row due to the pandemic – offered entertainment from Na Pilimehana and Kaina Kountry, messages from top Hawaii and Maui County government officials, exercise breaks by Enhance Fitness and prize giveaways.Emceed by Kathy Collins, the two-hour-long Senior Fair was available live via Zoom and on the Maui Economic Opportunity Facebook page and Akaku Channel 54. About 400 individuals participated via the platforms.There were video and live appearances by Gov. David Ige and his wife, Dawn; Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino; Hawaii’s entire Congressional delegation; Maui County state Senators and Representatives; and all Maui County Council members. Council Member Shane Sinenci offered his recorded message with a song on his ukulele.Local nonprofits that work with seniors, businesses that offer services to kupuna and government agencies with helpful information, such as how to prevent being scammed, produced videos for the Senior Fair.Na Leo Pilimehana performed “Beautiful Boy,” “Flying With Angels” and “North Shore Serenade,” while Kaina Kountry played “Long Hair Country Boy,” “The Dance” and “Wagon Wheel.”The Senior Fair is usually held at the War Memorial Gym with seniors bused in from all over the island. The pandemic prevented the live event for a second straight year, though 73 prizes were given out in a drawing. Many gift cards to Foodland, Longs, Safeway and other retailers were donated by elected officials, nonprofit agencies and businesses and announced during the program.Winners of the top prizes – a 32-inch smart TV donated by Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura and six robotic Furry Friends offered by the Maui County Office on Aging – were notified individually. Their prizes will be delivered.Winners of the drawing will be receiving their gift cards in the mail.This event was produced by MEO and was funded by the Office on Aging. It can be viewed on the MEO Facebook page. ... See MoreSee Less
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