Projects, Goals, & Hobbies

"Beautify and save some lives"

Would You Like to Carpool?

Akira (Joe) Jackson, 61Program ParticipantPart of Housing First since Jan. 2016
Before being housed, Akira lived in his van. Since housing, he has been fixing it up to eventually sell. His van is now a project instead of a place to live. “If it wasn’t for Housing First, then I would be probably living in the van.”

It’s Really Cool

John Lau, 69Program ParticipantPart of Housing First since Jan. 2016
John installed this fan by himself. “That’s what I do to improve myself, to improve my situation.”

Street Appeal

John Lau, 69Program ParticipantPart of Housing First since Jan. 2016
John is replanting grass outside his apartment building for his landlord and neighbors.

“When I’m done with [my landscaping project], everyone in my area will be a bit more confident. Everybody’s really happy about it. I just want to make it a lot nicer so that people have a little bit more self-esteem. Before it was all weeds and terrible. So, I dug up all those weeds, and I am going to replant it with nice flowers. I’m going to make it really pretty. You know, it’s like a guy that’s got old clothes on. Same thing. Now, I’m taking off the old grass and putting new nice grass. It’s going to be real pretty.”

Eating Healthy on a Budget 1

Jung-Sook (Mona) Kim, 37Program ParticipantPart of Housing First since Aug. 2015
“Eating healthy is a big deal for me…I really want to lose weight so that I can go back to Korea to see my family.”

Eating Healthy on a Budget 2

Jung-Sook (Mona) Kim, 37Program ParticipantPart of Housing First since Aug. 2015
“I like my food, but I told them I didn’t want it fried. I told them I wanted it steamed…I’m just [losing weight] the old-fashioned way. Like trying to do exercise – every Saturday I go to the beach to swim.”

There is Room in Paradise

John Lau, 69Program ParticipantPart of Housing First since Jan. 2016

Peace and Serenity

John Lau, 69Program ParticipantPart of Housing First since Jan. 2016
“If anyone wants to go, let me know.”

The Equalizer Purple Orchid Project

Mary Ellen Ka’ai, 58Program ParticipantPart of Housing First since Jan. 2016
Mary has been working on a project aimed at increasing safety at crosswalks. One element of Mary’s crosswalk proposal would be a reflective sign with a purple orchid on it. The orchid sign would serve as a warning and a memorial for those who have been hurt at crosswalks as well as will be a reminder to share love and compassion.

“When somebody looks at the orchid, they can’t help but be taken to a place that is nice. We got to get the aloha back out there. And the purple orchid is the only thing that is effective like that. [Sometimes] I take a bunch of flowers, and I ‘accidentally’ purposefully drop them here and there. And when someone helps me pick them up, no one can hand them back to me without saying a nice little thing about them. It always brings back a nice memory. So, it’s like the most effective thing that you can put on the road that will change people from being the way they are without actually talking to them.”