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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2016 White Cane Walks Raise Awareness and Empower Blind and Visually Impaired Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Ho‘opono Services for the Blind celebrates the 24th annual White Cane Safety Awareness Day Walk across the state. Four walks taking place on three islands aim to increase the ...
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On September 1, 2016, the Department of Human Services (DHS) leadership grew. As many are aware, former Director Rachael Wong left our department at the end of August. We are sincerely grateful for her vision and leadership during her nearly two years with the department. We wish her the best of luck in all of ...
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The Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women (HSCSW) recently hosted and sponsored a successful national conference, bringing together advocates for women and girls from across the country. Notable speakers included members of the Hawai‘i Women’s Legislative Caucus, who spoke to the group of more than 100 attendees about the importance of women’s involvement ...
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Gov. Ige made the new Department of Human Services (DHS) leadership team official on Sept. 9, 2016. The governor hosted a swearing in ceremony where Director Bhanot and Deputy Director Holthus could begin their tenure by taking their oaths of office. DHS division, staff office and attached agency leadership came together to celebrate our new ...
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Gov. Ige’s Office News Release September 16, 2016 HONOLULU –  Gov. David Ige announced today that more than 400 homeless individuals will be served over the next two years through the state’s new Family Assessment Center.  The Family Assessment Center (FAC) is the converted maintenance shed, adjacent to Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park. It will temporarily house ...
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Read More FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2016 Additional Open Application Period Begins September 19 for Preschool Open Doors Program Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services encourages families to apply for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program between Monday, September 19 and Monday, October 31, 2016.  Applications received during this period will be considered ...
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HONOLULU – Attorney General Doug Chin and Human Services Director Rachael Wong announced today the resolution of multiple class action lawsuits regarding state foster care payments… Read More…

Making Their Marks

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 in Main, News

More Inspiring Stories from the Summer Youth Employment Program In June 2016, more than 200 youth with disabilities began internships with state and county government entities. Students participated in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), a partnership with the Department of Human Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the Department of Labor and Industrial ...
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Reunification Is a Team Effort

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 in Main, News

One family’s journey to reunification with government and private partners The Child Welfare Services Branch came together with the Hawai‘i State Judiciary, community organizations, and others to celebrate National Reunification Month on June 23 at Hale Pono‘i in Kapolei. The event recognizes families and the organizations and entities that support them in their journey to ...
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Summer Shining Stars

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in Main, News

Summer Youth Employment Program transforms students and government alike Most of us can remember our first summer jobs. It’s a rite of passage for many teenagers in high school and college. This summer, 223 youths with disabilities experienced this exciting rite in State of Hawai‘i and county internships. On July 8, Governor David Ige, Department ...
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