Vilma, Victor get fresh start in a new home

Vilma and Victor had been homeless due to unfortunate circumstances. Victor lost his job as a result of COVID-19, which left Vilma the sole supporter. Finding housing for her family has been difficult, as she has struggled with past mistakes.

Vilma recently connected with a social-service agency, which was able to find and secure her housing. Vilma is excited to be moving in before the holidays, and would also like to be able to make her family feel at home by cooking for them. Vilma is asking for pots, pans, utensils, toiletries, towels, linens and curtains, so she can make her new place into a home for her family.

Through Christmas Eve, The Garden Island will share daily, front-page stories about families (we don’t use their real names) facing challenges and who would appreciate a little help.

The Christmas Fund is an avenue for everyone to provide that assistance. Donations are used by Zonta Club members to purchase gift certificates that are in turn distributed to families and individuals through social-service agencies.

Each donation is accounted for and recorded. There are no administrative costs involved, and money goes directly to provide for those in need of Christmas presents and groceries.

If you hold a fundraiser for the Christmas Fund, let us know and we’ll spread the word.

Anyone making a donation of $150 or more can have their picture published in TGI.

Donations may be made by way of the website, Zonta-Kaua‘i.org, or checks can be made payable to The Zonta Club of Kaua‘i Foundation, P.O. Box 3032, Lihu‘e, HI 96766.

• Britney has been to the shelter numerous times. Her ex-husband was very abusive. She turned to drugs and ended up in another abusive relationship. She is trying to stay on track and get her life together. She enjoys going to the beach.

• Jerome is a single male and used to live with his family, which was recently displaced. He also has a disability that limits his mobility. Jerome has been looking for a centrally-located home so he can easily get to and from medical appointments, and make it easy for his family to see him. Jerome has wanted to live independently, and has recently found housing that meets all of his requirements. After he moves in he will need help with items of basic needs, such as pots, pans, utensils, toiletries, towels, curtains and linens. Any assistance would be appreciated, as Jerome is on a fixed income.

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