BY CAROLINE JULIAN – HONOLULU, HAWAII – The Legislative Women’s Caucus donated more than 150 Easter Baskets to The Institute for Human Services (IHS) today.
Baskets filled with essential household items, such as laundry soap, utensils, pots and pans, dishes, toiletries, towels, will benefit clients at IHS. The baskets will help families and individuals start off on the right foot when moving from being homeless to having a permanent home. Last year, The Institute for Human Services helped more than 1,200 individuals transition into housing.
“We thank everyone who supported our Welcome Home Easter Basket drive, as these baskets will make a huge difference in the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.” Senator Roz Baker, who coordinated the Senate’s donations. Baker represents South and West Maui.
The Legislative Women’s Caucus began its “Welcome Home” basket drive on April 15. House of Representative Marilyn Lee spearheaded the drive for the group. This was the first year the Caucus donated baskets that would go towards clients transitioning into permanent homes. In prior years, the baskets were given to clients at the shelter.
The Legislative Women’s Caucus includes members consisting of women Senators and House of Representatives.
Caroline Julian is with the Hawaii State Senate communication department.