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HONOLULU – Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB) is the first organization in Hawai‘i to launch Project SEARCH, a one-year program aimed at helping secure competitive employment for people with disabilities. In partnership with the Hawai‘i State Department of Health, Abilities Unlimited, Department of Human Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Kalani High School, REHAB serves as the ...
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Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) has opened an application period for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program-2018-2019 POD school year, and encourages families to apply between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2018. Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July 1, 2018 and June 30, ...
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Honolulu, HI – Two child care providers are celebrating a unique and prestigious honor: Helen McComber and Pegeen Echavaria are the first two home-based child care providers in Hawai‘i to achieve national accreditation. The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Windward Community College’s Learning to Grow Project come together to provide funding and technical assistance ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2, 2018 Open Application Period Begins for Preschool Open Doors Program Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services encourages families to apply for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program, which is currently open until Thursday, March 29, 2018.  Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during ...
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Something Sweet for Our DHS ‘Ohana

Posted on Aug 25, 2017 in Main

As a thank you to some of our O‘ahu employees, the Director’s Office served cake for our teams at the Waiakamilo and Kapolei offices. We enjoyed a sweet time with cake and camaraderie, and we hope some of our DHS team members did too!

‘Ohana is Forever for Foster Youth

Posted on Aug 25, 2017 in Main

By Judith Wilhoite, Family Advocate for It Takes An ‘Ohana and Lynne Kazama, Assistant Program Administrator for Child Welfare Services Branch Program Development Office The ‘Ohana is Forever Conference (OIF) is an annual event for current and former foster youth, as well as various adult stakeholders in the child welfare services area, to hear about various ...
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Refugee Assistance

Posted on Aug 25, 2017 in Main

Refugees are eligible for numerous programs under applicable federal and/or state laws, including SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, cash assistance, and child care assistance. For example, 14 refugees received State Temporary Assistance for Other Needy Families (TAONF) – welfare for needy families with minor children – in FY 2017, and 4 refugees received General Assistance (GA) ...
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For three weeks August, Speaker Emeritus Representative Calvin Say hosted three students from different regions of China for a learning exchange and internship. The students come from a variety of backgrounds including mathematics, industrial design, and travel industry management. The students’ three weeks were packed to the brim with opportunities for the students to learn ...
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Kamāmalu Building Welcomes DHS

Posted on Aug 24, 2017 in Main

On Monday, August 14, a steady stream of sprinkling rain came down on a group from the Department of Human Services gathered at the ‘Iolani Palace bandstand. Among them were royal societies, from the Royal Order of Kamehameha, the Ka‘ahumanu Society and Hale o Nā Ali‘i. Everyone there was gathered to honor Princess Victoria Kamāmalu ...
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A golden opportunity. We use this phrase to refer to a point in time where many independent factors converge to create a unique, ideal situation that we must act upon immediately. By definition, a golden opportunity presents a fleeting window of time which must be embraced as we assume these factors will not remain aligned ...
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