February Makana Pono
Posted on February 5, 2020
This month’s Makana Pono employee is Sherry Kadota, a community liaison who has worked at Islands Hospice for nearly two years. As a community liaison, Sherry meets with patients and families to educate them on service options and benefits. She also serves as the transitional care coordinator, working directly with social workers and nurses who help to improve the lives of families seeking assistance from Islands Hospice.
For her Makana Pono donation, Sherry has selected Shelter of Wisdom, a faith-based nonprofit providing shelter for homeless people on Oahu. Sherry first met Carolina Jesus, the director and founder of Shelter of Wisdom, at New Hope Women Word Bible classes. Over the years, Sherry watched as Carolina took in homeless individuals, giving them a second chance to change their lives and walk in faith.
“Carolina is truly a woman of God who is dedicating her life to helping our homeless community by changing their living situation and fulfilling them spiritually,” says Sherry. “I'm so grateful to be able to donate to her shelter on behalf of Islands Hospice.”
Sherry is inspired by Carolina’s passionate work, selflessness and faith, evident by her prayer requests for the men in the shelter at every bible study class. Shelter of Wisdom has housed dozens of men and women on Oahu, and at one point hosted 63 people in six homes in Honolulu. The housing expenses are paid for by small individual donations and small shelter fees from the residents, depending on their financial situation.
Sherry is involved with New Hope Sand Island, and outside of this contribution, donates men’s clothing or household items to Shelter of Wisdom.
“Everything I have learned in the past two years at Islands Hospice has helped me to provide better understanding and care for my mom. For this very reason, I am so grateful. Thank you everyone for your support and friendship!”