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Maui construction industry donates $ 1,500 to MEO for job training

Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) received a grant from the Maui construction industry. Shown after presenting the check for $ 1,500 are (left to right): Gay Sibonga, MEO COO; Josh Berlien, president of the Maui construction industry; Debbie Cabebe, CEO of MEO; and Bishop Pahia, who runs the BEST (Being Empowered and Safe Together) program which helps newly released inmates return to the community (courtesy photo)

The Maui Construction Industry Trade Group donated $ 1,500 to Maui Economic Opportunity for employment training programs, including the nonprofit organization’s efforts to help reintegrate newly released inmates in the community.

The presentation was made at the annual professional group meeting on May 26 at the Mill House in Waikapū, where scholarships were awarded to high school graduates. It was the first year that the group made a donation to a community organization.

The presentation was made to MEO CEO Debbie Cabebe, COO Gay Sibonga and Bishop Pahia, who runs the Being Empowered and Safe Together program, known by its acronym, BEST. The program provides support services and training to prepare inmates for a successful return to the community. MEO also offers a full range of services and training to help low-income and legal permanent residents prepare for employment and help them keep their jobs once hired.

The Maui Construction Industry is a professional council of the Maui Chamber of Commerce and operates as an independent association reporting to the Chamber.

“MEO is very grateful for the gift from the Maui construction industry,” Cabebe said. “Our BEST clients are often released from jail or jail with only the things they took with them. No money. No accommodation. No jobs. This donation can help recently released inmates, who have paid off their debt to society, find employment and hopefully prevent them from reoffending. “


The funds will complement Maui County and state funding for employment service programs run by MEO, she said.


For more information on MEO professional training programs, call 249-2970 or send an email [email protected]

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