Recently released inmate works to restart his life

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August 9, 2021

Lolesio Setefano was released from the federal correctional system after 10 years behind bars with hopes of restarting his life. He was referred to Maui Economic Opportunity’s BEST (Being Empowered and Safe Together) program in May.

He came to the BEST program seeking help in getting certified as a security guard. BEST helped Setefano take the security guard class in June, get fingerprinted and submit his Guard Employee Registration Application to the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional Licensing Division in August.

Lolesio came to BEST with a plan to restart his life, which began with securing employment. Having been apart from his family, Lolesio’s next goal was to secure a home to gather his family members again and live under one roof. He wanted to show to his family that he has the determination to pick up where he left off, reclaim his role as the head of the family, regain their respect and trust and demonstrate that he had the capability to become a productive member of the community.

Recently, he and his longtime girlfriend found an apartment and are in the process of signing the lease agreement and moving in.

Lolesio’s very optimistic about his future. His positive mental attitude is evident in the way he talks, thinks and shares about his plans for the family with BEST CARES Act Case Manager Jennifer Grancha. He is grateful for what MEO has done for him.

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