Since 2004, Touch A Heart has been offering informal social services mentorship, and tutoring, as well as providing meals to homeless families at Blaisdell Park, Waianae Boat Harbor, and the Kumuhonua Shelter.
By 2012, Touch A Heart expanded its number of service days to six days a week, actively collaborating with other community groups to conjointly fund and provide the volunteer-based manpower for this outreach effort.
After a decade of serving homeless families within our community, Touch A Heart adopted a new vision and strategy, then augmented the scope of its organization’s activities to address the challenges the homeless face in their efforts to transition out of the parks.
Shortly after, Touch A Heart developed a tangible plan to partner with other nonprofits with underutilized commercial kitchens to create a Food Services Social Enterprise. The commercial kitchens would serve as vocational training work sites for the constituents of the community, with revenues generated through commercially marketed products, catering services, and food delivery programs used to sustain program operations.
In 2015, through a partnership with the Salvation Army’s Family Treatment Services, Touch A Heart began utilizing their Kaimuki facility’s commercial kitchen to pilot a six-month Vocational Training Program. In addition, the commercial kitchen will be used to develop a sustainable Food Service Social Enterprise that will support the training through commercially marketed products, meals for residents of the treatment program and through a paid internship for the women who have finished the six-month program.