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10th Annual Health Fair for the Homeless

November 18, 2010
Maui Weekly

Door prizes include necessities such as including tents and sleeping bags. The Grand Wailea is donating a lunch buffet for four as the grand prize.

This one-of-a-kind Health Fair for the Homeless on Maui is hosting up to 25 community agencies. A full range of services for the homeless will be represented, and be prepared to offer services on-location. Free lunch and free flu vaccines will be available on a first come, first served basis.

“The Health Fair’s goal is to connect healthcare with the unsheltered people of Maui,” said Salvation Army Event Organizer Pat Foley.

Maui’s human service agencies will offer health screenings, informational displays and educational flyers to promote health and social services to our homeless population.

“This year’s health fair stands to be a critical venue to address the health needs of those without resources,” said UH-Maui College Nursing Program Coordinator Rosemary Perreira.

Participating agencies include: Child & Family Services, Family Life Center, Family Planning, Hawai‘i Center for Independent Living, Hui Mālama, Hale Kau Kau, Ka Hale A Ke Ola Resource Center, Labor Ready, Maui Aids Foundation, Maui Food Bank, Dental Hygiene Students, Mental Health Kōkua, Women Helping Women, Hawai‘i Department of Health-Emergency Preparedness, Maui Youth & Family Services, Maui AA, Department of Veteran Affairs/Maui Community Based Outpatient Clinic and the Ho‘omoana Foundation.

The public is welcome to donate the following items (in new condition) at the Salvation Army located at 45 Kamehameha Ave.: hygiene products for men and women, such as deodorant, disposable razors, pads, tampons, combs, mosquito repellant, shampoo, conditioner, sun block, etc.; local-style slippers (size 9 is most needed); white socks (size 9 is most needed); blankets and towels; backpacks and fanny packs, sleeping bags, tents, tarps (8 by 10 foot camouflage) and propane stoves.

The Salvation Army served almost 89,000 hot meals during the 2009-10 year. The shelter has been at capacity for the past six months. As the weather changes, the needs will only increase.



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