Mental Health Kokua, a statewide nonprofit that has been providing services on the Big Island since 1991, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Akaka Falls Lion’s Club $10,000 grant funded by the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The grant will be used for the construction of and purchasing equipment for a much-needed computer learning/resource center at MHK’s Hilo Hale facility on Wainaku Street.
In addition to the grant funds, members of the Akaka Falls Lions Club will donate 100 hours of community service work painting the interior of that facility.
Hilo Hale is a residential facility in Hilo where consumers with mental illness live in a supportive setting and prepare to return to independent life.
The new computer center will be used to train MHK consumers in computer literacy and technical skills which can make it possible for them to qualify for new or better jobs, and access educational and vocational interests.
This computer center has long been a dream program for Mental Health Kokua’s consumers, but now finally has come to fruition thanks to the generous funding and labor provided by the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the hard-working members of the Akaka Falls Lions Club, which provides the manpower for a grant of this type each year.
For additional information about Mental Health Kokua, call 935-7167 in the Hilo area, and 331-1468 in the Kailua-Kona area.