FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Goodwill Receives Funding from Office of Hawaiian Affairs to assist Native Hawaiians with low-income to find jobs
Honolulu, Hawaii (October 1, 2012) — Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc. (GIH) has received a one-year $300,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) to supplement its employment core services for low-income individuals. As part of its strategic plan, OHA aims to increase the average Native Hawaiian family income to 100% or greater than the Statewide average family income. In 2008, the median income of a Native Hawaiian family was only $69,000, which is $6,000 less than the state median income. GIH will use the grant from OHA to assist Native Hawaiians whose household incomes are 150% or below the federal poverty level to become job-ready and secure employment, which will lead to financial empowerment and self-sufficiency. The OHA funding will allow GIH’s Job Connections program to serve more Native Hawaiians at its existing sites in Hilo and Honolulu and will allow for Hawaii Island services to be expanded to Kona.
Program participants will receive comprehensive intake and assessment and ten to twenty hours of Pre-Employment training which will cover such topics as résumé and cover letter writing, job search, job application preparation, interview skills and computer and internet use. Additionally, once a participant is placed into gainful employment, job retention counseling is provided for a minimum of six months.
“Goodwill Industries of Hawaii is honored to be the recipient of this grant which will enable us to significantly expand our range and scope of services for Native Hawaiians and contribute to the sustainable financial empowerment of Native Hawaiian families” notes Misti Pali, who oversees the Job Connections program statewide. For more information on the program, contact Katherine Keir, GIH Senior Director of Human Services, at 836-0313.
Goodwill Industries of Hawaii’s mission is to help people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient. Supported by its retail operations and financial endeavors, its educational, employment and training programs have provided skills training, employment counseling, job placement and support services since 1959.
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