Funding Boost For ORI Elder Project

Carol Chang
Wednesday - November 08, 2006
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Armed with a new grant of $150,000 from the McInerny Foundation, ORI Anuenue Hale is inching closer to its goal of opening an Elder Care/Wellness Center next to Helemano Plantation.

The grant was presented Oct. 26 in Wahiawa to ORI president and CEO Susanna Cheung.

When completed, the center will have 11 five-bedroom homes and a recreation center where elderly and/or disabled Central Oahu and North Shore residents will have therapy, companion and personal care, transportation, short-term respite, referral services, activities, classes, help with daily living tasks and much more.

Other recent grants for the elders project include $5,000 from Friends of Hawaii Charities and $1,000 from Wal-Mart. An additional $5,000 was awarded by the Friends of Hawaii Charities for the Adult Day program of ORI (Opportunities for the Retarded), a sister program to ORI Anuenue Hale.

On Oct. 28, another of the project’s community supporters - about 160 soldiers and family members from the 66th Engineer Co. at Schofield Barracks - spent the morning clearing construction debris from the site, removing trash from inside the new center, painting the exterior of the homes, repairing the fences and much more.

Some of the new homes should be ready to offer respite care early next year, according to ORI spokesman Ronald Renshaw. The overall “Aloha Gardens” plan will encompass the Elder Care/Wellness Center, an ADA accessible campground and vocational training center.

Helemano Plantation supports the mission of ORI as its for-profit arm. A major ORI fundraiser is planned for 5 to 11 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Tickets for Support Tomorrow’s Dream Today are $100 and $75, which includes dinner, dancing, entertainment and a silent auction. For reservations (by Dec. 8), call 622-3929.

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