Stories of Hope

From domestic violence and substance abuse to a studio apartment on O‘ahu
Emma had reached rock bottom after years of substance abuse and a nearly life-long domestic violence relationship, which left her with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The mother of seven spent the last two years homeless and had been searching for a solution when she was introduced to the 211 hotline. Within a few months, Emma was able to land a part-time job and is now working with Catholic Charities Hawai‘i on securing her first studio apartment on her own.

A family escapes eviction on Maui
Edwardnette and her husband had been working tirelessly for years to make ends meet for their family. Just months ago, they found themselves and their son homelessness after receiving an eviction letter from their landlord. Grappling to keep a roof over her family’s heads, living in tents without electricity or running water, Edwardnette contacted the 211 hotline and was quickly connected with Catholic Charities Maui. Thanks to the state funding and the help of Catholic Charities, Edwardnette was able to receive rental assistance and today, is on the path towards a sustainable, stable living situation for her entire family.
Finding help for a kupuna
Randall had been living on the streets of Kailua-Kona, surviving solely on a modest, fixed income supplied from public benefit resources. Knowing there were options for people in his situation but unsure of where to start, he reached out to the 211 hotline for guidance. In just a few short weeks, he received enough funds from Catholic Charities on Hawai‘i Island to cover his security deposit and first month’s rent. Randall is now a resident of Hualalai Elderly and has embraced the senior living community lifestyle.