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New Recovery Center Helps Fight Substance Abuse

Posted on | September 25, 2009 | Comments Off on New Recovery Center Helps Fight Substance Abuse

With a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, West Oʻahu and the Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Malama Recovery Center, Sept. 24. The grant brings the resources of the federal government, educational support from West Oʻahu and service support from the WCCHC together for the purpose of turning the tide on substance abuse.

“We are committed to serving our communities, and this project gives us another opportunity to do that,” says Chancellor Gene Awakuni. “While a portion of this grant is for construction of the Malama Recovery Center, a sizable amount goes toward our service learning programs, such as our Certificate in Substance Abuse and Addiction Studies.”

West Oʻahu’s service learning programs are community-based, and students spend a portion of their coursework doing hands-on, community service work in their respective fields of study, throughout Oʻahu’s communities.

“We have been anxious to initiate new programs and have our students and faculty become more involved with this community,” says Professor June Aono. “Having a location in Waiʻanae where we can provide more training, consultation services and assisting people to enter the job market will enable UH West Oʻahu to expand its serving learning and community outreach programs.”

Read the news release.