Waikiki Health Center gets grant to support homeless youths

Photo courtesy Waikiki Health Center.
Photo courtesy Waikiki Health Center.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Waikiki Health Center has received a $17,500 grant from the Kaneta Foundation toward its Youth Outreach Program which provides medical care, counseling, hot meals, and other assistance to homeless youths, age 21 and younger.

At the YO Drop-in Center, a small Waikiki cottage with a welcoming staff and home-like environment, homeless teens and young adults are offered medical care, crisis counseling, hot meals, shelter assistance, referrals to substance abuse programs and other help.

The site also provides a place where homeless youths can wash their clothes, take a shower and store their possessions in their own locker. Other program components include workshops focusing on anger management and conflict resolution, and GED classes to help homeless youths further their education.

YO Teen Clinic services include physical exams, immunizations, health education, family planning, and HIV early intervention. To receive medical services, an individual must be 14 years of age or older; be a registered YO client; and not be under the care, control, or have the support of a parent or legal guardian.

Each homeless youth who receives medical care at the YO Teen Clinic, has behavioral health counseling, enters a substance abuse treatment program, or enrolls in the YO GED Program is one step closer to living a more stable life and becoming a productive member of society. Youth Outreach (YO) is a collaborative program operated by Waikiki Health Center and Hale Kipa, which provides many social service aspects of the program.

The mission of Waikiki Health Center is to provide quality medical and social services that are affordable and accessible to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

Special emphasis is placed on offering a "health care home" to families and individuals who experience economic, cultural or other barriers to accessing care. For further information, please phone the Ohua Avenue Clinic at 922-4787 or visit the Center's website at www.waikikihc.org.

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