Kaiser Permanente is helping to address the needs of the homeless population in Hawaii, and recently awarded a grant to their West Oahu community partner, U.S. Vets. The grant enables U.S. Vets to provide a full-time, on-site nurse at both their Barber's Point and Waianae shelters.
Executive Director of U.S. Vets, Tanya Brown shared, “U.S. Vets is the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive services to Veterans and their families. We’re also known as Pai'olu Kaiāulu which means, a lift of encouragement as the journey begins.” Overtime, they have “grown exponentially beyond serving those who served.” What started as providing one program --the emergency shelter at Waianae Civic Center-- to “now providing six different programs, two specifically for Veterans and three programs that service families all across Oahu.”