The Hawaii HOME Project’s Back-to-School Supplies Drive was a great success! HOME — the Homeless Outreach and Medical Education — provides medical care three times a week to residents of four homeless shelters on O’ahu.
“We really want to thank everyone who helped out,” said HOME project founder Dr. Jill Omori, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health. “We were able to buy school supplies for 178 children!”
The HOME Project volunteers — JABSOM medical students — helped organize the drive, in which donors were asked to “adopt” a homeless child, and provide for that child’s full “back to school” needs. “We’re so grateful to everyone who was willing to purchase all the items on each child’s supply list,” said Dr. Omori.
The HOME Project also is busy planning for its annual “Taste of HOME Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser, on September 8 at the Bishop Museum. Click HOME FUNDRAISER for details.
And go aboard our HOME Project “mobile clinic” in a video from Hawaii News Now at HOME PROJECT’s MOBILE CLINIC.
Photo: School supplies fill bulging book bags. These became gifts to homeless kids, giving them the tools they need to “fit in” by having the same supplies others in their classes do.