Ho‘ololi means ‘the act of transforming’ in the native Hawaiian language. It is through this program that our interns transform to fully employable women and men, gaining the confidence and hope that they can impact change, first within themselves, then within their families and finally, into their work force and communities they serve.

Touch A Heart takes on the role of Employer through our own social enterprises: Baker’s Heart (baked products) and TAH Catering. The Internship Program was designed to fulfill the community needs of both the program participants and potential employers.

Our Program takes a cohort (up to 6 interns) through a 12-week quarter that balances both practical knowledge with culinary skills and hands-on, on-the-job training providing opportunities to learn about the industry from ‘farm to table’.

  • 12 Week Cohort
  • Teamwork and Support
  • Paid On-the-Job Training
  • Mentorship, Resume Writing, Interview Coaching
  • Food Handler’s Certification with the Department of Health
  • Opportunities for placement with community partners

In addition, trainees will continue receiving supportive programs and services through the their ‘home’ organization, and be trained in soft skills, such as communication, friendliness, and the importance of dependability – necessary traits to empower them in recovery to become ‘job ready’.

Our interns will potentially have the following options upon completion of the program:

  • Begin working in the food industry with higher, marketable skills for higher wages
  • Continue on for further education at a Community College, such as KCC’s Culinary Program
  • Become a paid “Apprentice” in one of our Food Service Social Enterprises, gaining valuable on-the-job training on-site and potential employment in the Enterprise.