Community – caring for our neighbors and the world
We are connected to the life of the land and through it to all who live in it. Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka ʻAina I Ka Pono, “The Life of the Land is perpetuated in Righteousness”, the motto of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi bequeathed to all by King Kamehameha III underlies the spirit of Aloha that reinforces our mission to do good in the world in the name of Christ. In this context, the members of the Cathedral’s Outreach Committee actively participate in outreach into the community through a variety of ministries.
Local Outreach Ministries
Partnership with Kalihi-Waena Elementary School – For many years, the Cathedral has helped to support this school where over 80% of the children are below the Federal poverty level. St. Andrew’s collects donations of school supplies, slippers, and back packs for these kids at the beginning of every school year; without this assistance, many would be kept home by their parents because they can’t afford basic supplies. Learn more about this ministry here.
At the school’s annual Christmas party each year a unique partnership between St. Andrew’s and P&E Foods delivers several pounds of meat to each of about 200 families with kids who attend the school (typically a ton of meat in all!). See this report on the 2018 event here.
Family Promise – Assisting families transitioning from homelessness to sustainable living arrangements. Family Promise is a unique approach that works intensively with a small group of homeless families, assisting them to find homes. Since 2007, over 80% of families in the program have found sustainable homes within three months of entering the program! During the time the families are in the program, they are housed for a week at a time in a church. Over 50 churches in Honolulu participate in this program. St. Andrew’s assists First Christian Church (Makiki) by providing dinners for the families four times each year. Help us prepare a meal for the families at least once a year!
In 2016 St. Andrew’s added a “Shallow Subsidy” program, providing a one-time stipend of $3,000-3,600 to assist a family that is moving from the Family Promise program into housing. The subsidy, which is administered by Family Promise, may take the form of monthly payments of $300 in the first year or be applied to first/last/security deposits. Here is the first family that benefitted from this program.
Global Outreach Ministries
St. Paul’s, Saipan – St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Saipan supports migrant workers from the Philippine Islands who were abandoned by the companies who imported them and then laid them off, with no money to get home. In conjunction with our Bishop’s role as Bishop in Charge of Micronesia, St. Andrew’s has provided assistance to St. Paul’s through raising funds to help recover from natural disasters such as Typhoon Yutu in October, 2018.