Rotarians from Rotary District 5000 donated more than 100 care packages to Maui nonprofit Aloha House during their 2017 District Conference that took place May 19 through 21 at the Sheraton Maui Resort in Kaanapali. District 5000 includes 51 Rotary clubs spread throughout the state on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.
The care packages include basic hygiene and grooming supplies and are going to clients in Aloha House’s Crisis Support and Case Management Services Programs who are transitioning out of homelessness.
Aloha House’s mission is to promote recovery and healthy lifestyles to individuals and families by providing compassionate, effective and comprehensive behavioral health services with the spirit of excellence and aloha. The collection of items was part of the conference’s “House of Friendship,” which showcases various club projects and gives attendees a chance to actively participate in a community service project during the conference. Throughout the conference some Rotarians even dropped off toiletries they received as hotel guests.
The project was coordinated by District 5000 leadership team member Kathleen Rhoades Merriam from the Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu. “We wanted to support Aloha House this way because of the hands-on work they do with people who are trying to get their lives back on track,” said Merriam. “Aloha House represents transitions and a path to recovery and we felt this was a meaningful way to support those efforts and the individuals and families they serve.”
Rotarians in District 5000 engage in a range of service projects that aim to help children, needy families, the aged, the handicapped and those most in need of assistance. “These care packages will ensure that our clients’ basic hygiene needs are met so they can concentrate on their health and recovery,” said Jud Cunningham, Aloha House Chief Executive Officer. “This is just another example of Rotarians going out of their way to make a difference in the lives of those who need help and we are deeply appreciative for this outpouring of support.” For more information about Aloha House, visit www.aloha-house.org. For more information about Rotary District 5000, visit www.rotaryd5000.org/.