Reporter Maia Mayashiro talks with Kayla Rosenfeld of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit housing organization.
Larry L. Medina, writer
Maia Mayashiro, reporter
Fredrene Balanay, video
Kayla Rosenfeld of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity is on a mission. The nonprofit organization “is all about building homes who need the assistance… [to] build decent affordable housing for people here in our community.”
The organization works with homeowners build their own home with the help of staff and volunteers. Through this effort, the cost of a home is greatly reduced. Habitat for Humanity also has a Home Preservation program, designed to help existing homeowners improve the safety, value and appearance of their home. The program also helps the elderly get their homes ADA-compliant, allowing them to stay in their home and community, instead of moving out and into an assisted-living facility or care home.
Honolulu Habitat for Humanity also runs a donation warehouse/home improvement store (ReStore), like those run by Goodwill Industries and The Salvation Army. “If you’re a student and you need to furnish your apartment, come check this place out – you’ll find some really inexpensive things there,” said Rosenfeld. ReStore sells new and used furniture, appliances, building materials and home accessories to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Sales from ReStore directly fund Honolulu Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building affordable homes in communities on Oahu.
The organization offers volunteer opportunities to students interested in helping Habitat for Humanity fulfill its mission.
“As a nonprofit organization with a really, really tight budget, everything goes into the funding and construction of our homes. Volunteers make a huge difference in our organization, so I’m hoping that some of your students can take some time out of their busy schedules and come volunteer with us,” said Rosenfeld.
Volunteers can learn about retail (working out of the donation warehouse), working with people and learning organizing skills. Rosenfeld said volunteers would learn “what it takes to help an individual feel good about what they do and what they experience.”
Honolulu Habitat for Humanity contact info:
Phone (808) 538-7070 • email@example.com
922 Austin Lane, #C-1 • Honolulu, HI 96817
Office Hours from 8am to 4 pm
ReStore Hours – Tues-Sat 9:30-4:30 (808)380-8617