By making a gift toward our Transforming Lives campaign, you can help us reach our $100,000 fundraising goal and support 20 interns through our foodservice training program in 2023. Four donors are also willing to match up to $30,000 of your donations, so you can double your impact by joining our ohana. MAKE A GIFT TODAY.
Touch A Heart provides vocational training to the formerly incarcerated in a healing and nurturing environment. Our work empowers them to overcome extensive barriers to employment, helping them to build a sustainable life. Touch A Heart envisions a world where people recognize their true value and realize their full potential. Through our transformative work, communities in Hawaii will be restored and rebuilt through the redemptive impact of those formerly incarcerated.
The people we serve all face immense barriers to employment, including mental health concerns, addiction, legal restrictions based on their history of incarceration, and probation regulations. They are in need of a safe, judgment-free, and supportive environment as they rebuild their lives. Touch a Heart works to first recruit, train, and graduate this population from our eight-week internship. Thereafter, we move them into our apprenticeship program where we can spend more time developing in-depth social, emotional, job, and life skills. Interns are part of our employment social enterprise team, helping to produce Kupuna & Family Meals and Baker's Heart products. This model gives them the opportunity to give back to the community in a meaningful way.
As our community began emerging from the pandemic and our economy moved toward recovery, we found ourselves dealing with supply chain issues and rising inflation. Yet all of us at Touch A Heart have never felt more confident in our employment social enterprises, foodservice internship and apprenticeship programs, and overall mission—and that's because of your unwavering dedication and support.