Tripler Army chaplains reach out to homeless

Tripler Army Medical Center and dozens of other groups provided a one-stop resource center Saturday for the homeless in Waimanalo.

The one-day event at Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School targeted homeless service members, veterans and their families, connecting them with resources and service providers from healthcare to substance abuse treatment and benefits.

The Tripler Chaplains and Praise Team organized the event, but says it’s been given the green light to reach out to all homeless and not just veterans.

Organizers says it’s also about building friendships with people in the community. “Our goal is to have one of these every three months,” said outreach coordinator Mike Peacock, “and we’re getting closer to that. We are trying to educate the veteran, as well as the service provider, in military competencies and culture.”

Tripler has not announced the date for its next event yet, but says people can help by donating clothes, gift cards, personal hygiene items and, if there are any job opportunities, to let them know.

For more information, call 808-433-6661.

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