ALAHOU CLEAN & SOBER HONORED
Received a $30,000 Grant-in-Aid from State Legislature
Alahou Clean & Sober, the only long-term housing facility on the Big Island for individuals with a dual diagnosis of addiction combined with mental illness, was honored in Kona for its work with at-risk individuals. The facility is unique in that half of the Board of Directors is comprised of Alahou residents. There is also a Residents Council made up of residents who monitor each other for suspected drug or alcohol use. Alahou is an ohana of 60 family members where everyone participates and supports each other.
"When Po'ailani pulled out they left 72 residents, several who were severely mentally ill, who would have become homeless if we had not stepped in." said Sandi McCoy, Executive Director of Alahou Clean & Sober. "We were left with nothing as Po'ailani took all the toilet paper, soap, cleaning supplies, everything so we literally rose from ashes just like the phoenix which is our symbol. Alahou means New Beginning."
"Alahou performs a crucial function in the Kona community providing a safe, sober and stable environment for some of our most at-risk individuals," said Representative Nicole Lowen (Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau). "Sandi has done a terrific job at Alahou which is more like one big ohana where everyone looks after each other."
"The grant-in-aid funds from both the State and the County were necessary due to the loss of funds from an annual grant from Shipper's Wharf and lower funding from United Way." said Vice Speaker John Mizuno who, along with Rep. Lowen, presented Sandi McCoy with a certificate recognizing her achievements. "It is so important to keep facilities like Alahou open to help individuals who would have no other option than homelessness."