Oct. 23, 2018: YWCA
HSBP Members enjoyed a tour and talk at the YWCA on Richards Street in October. The group was addressed by Noriko Namiko, CEO, as well as Kehaulani Coleman, Community Enterprise Developer. Members were allowed behind the scenes access into the “Dress for Success” rooms which are normally closed to the public. The quality of the selection available surprised many attendees - some even wanted to shop. The Dress for Success program serves and prepares underprivileged women for job training, interviewing and dressing skills. There’s even some computer training and staff on hand to help with job applications and interview role playing.
HSBP boardroom attendees were honored to be addressed by two women who have been served by the program, both of whom came out of years of incarceration to land on their feet. The YWCA has three main community service initiatives, far beyond the exercise and fitness classes many are familiar with. They are economic development, anti-discrimination, and health. Their transitional housing program is responsible for helping many in our community receive and maintain a residence. This tour really made everyone who attended even more proud of this well regarded institution.