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A Safe Environment

Alisa is our newest intern who joined us in June as part of the U.S. probation program. She has been busy with her foodservice internship under the instruction and guidance of our Director of Operations Colin.

"I was interested in trying something different," Alisa said, noting that she learned about us through our graduate Lacey. "We both lived at [YWCA] Fernhurst. We also have a past history together. She told me that Touch A Heart was a really good organization and that they really try to help people. She thought it would be good for me."

Previously, Alisa worked the graveyard shift at a store, but quickly recognized that she needed a change. "I haven't been out [of prison] that long. Coming into contact with people that are still in their addiction isn't a good environment for me. Although I feel strong in my sobriety, I don't want to play with fire like that," she said.

With Touch A Heart, Alisa has an environment that's conducive to her transformation. "Touch A Heart provides a safe environment where there's no judgement," she explained. "It has helped me to slowly integrate back into society and allowed me to be a part of something that gives back to the community."

Alisa recently passed the Hawaii State Department of Health food handler safety course. She wants to work in the tourism and hospitality industry, and we're actively helping her find a position.

Our Director of Programs Soleil describes Alisa as very personable, quick to ask questions if she's unsure about something, open to learning new things, and easy to work with.

Along with learning about foodservice and food safety, Alisa said she's more open-minded, patient, and confident. "I want to thank Touch A Heart and Kalihi Union Church for the opportunity to be a part of giving back to the community. It's gratifying to know that I can do something like that," she said. "I would also like to add that I'm thankful for Robin, Colin, and Soleil for being understanding and patient with my growth."



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