October Makana Pono
Posted on October 22, 2020
During the stay-at-home orders in Hawaii and across the country, there was a drastic increase in domestic violence incidents. During this spike, advocates across the state worked tirelessly to help survivors stay safe through the pandemic. As restrictions ease, their work is ever-important, and Domestic Violence agencies continue to help survivors of violence find safety and hope.
It’s because of these agencies and their critically needed services, Islands Hospice Social Worker, Jesseca Guerreiro, is directing her Makana Pono donation to Ala Kuola, an organization that once helped her and her son escape an unsafe relationship. Jesseca’s selection of Ala Kuola also happens to coincide with October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to bring awareness to this serious crime that is often hidden from public view.
“I chose to donate to Ala Kuola, because domestic violence is a hidden problem. Many victims need help,” Jesseca explained. “It is a way to give back to an agency that gave me hope when I was a victim of domestic violence.”
Ala Kuola advocates for victims of domestic violence, assisting them with obtaining TROs against their perpetrators. They also work to educate the younger generation on self-love, safe love, and healthy relationships.
At Islands Hospice, Jesseca also plays the role of advocate and educator for our ohana. She helps patients and families with their end-of-life wishes and care by offering emotional support and resources to make the process more comfortable.
She remains an advocate for agencies like Ala Kuloa who help others, especially those that assist with at-risk populations and minorities.