All of us at on the Board of the Directors for the Kaneohe Business Group would like to thank everyone who attended our latest January 2023 luncheon event at Honey’s restaurant on the Koolau Country Club location. It was great seeing all of you!
Thank to Cathy Williams and the whole Second Helpings staff for a great catered lunch and presentation about their operations and goals for the coming year. It was an open discussion about the how Cathy and the staff work together with partnerships from allover the community to provide a “second chance” with jobs, purpose, and a real-world training to people transitioning out of the Hawaii prison system. Using their powerful resources and talents in food preparation and on-location buffet style catering to help their employees return to the workforce and provide nourishment to the incarcerated, as well as low-income and in-need families and children all around the islands.
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ABOUT SECOND HELPINGS
Cath Williams Served 21 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as an officer in December 2002. Upon retirement, she and her husband of 34 years worked in the Department of Defense in Maryland, later relocating to Oahu in April 2014 and retiring from civil service. She served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for Abused Children (CASA) in Maryland and advocated for the vulnerable ones “without a voice”. This experience proved to be one of the most rewarding experiences in her life, as it provided an opportunity to help these children find their way to a safer environment.
Cathy volunteered weekly at the Kailua Women’s Community Correctional Center (WCCC). During a mentoring session, she felt a personal calling to support the incarcerated women as they are furloughed or released. She founded “ Second Helpings ”, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit to assist the women as they transition to their families and community. As Executive Director, she ensures the nonprofit provides assistance seeking employment, rehabilitative service referrals, and assistance in finding faith-based support systems. The overall mission result is to improve the women’s quality of life and successfully reduce the recidivism rate in Hawaii.
Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: Help women in transition create new paths and opportunities.
- Objective 1.1: Assist in locating job training to develop new skill sets such as community college enrollment or on-the-job training.
- Objective 1.2: Help women in transition develop life skills to cope with stress and handle the daily challenges of life.
Goal 2: Help women in transition build self-confidence.
- Objective 2.1: Create business opportunities to build trust.
- Objective 2.2: Host motivational events/activities such as speaking engagements, church supported events, Toastmasters, special events.
Goal 3: Help women in transition re-connect to family and community.
- Objective 3.1: Host monthly support group activities to help understand concerns and personal challenges, while promoting self-control and ongoing progress. (Services provided by professional therapists.)
- Objective 3.2: Connect to local organizations, clubs and groups for self-growth and enhanced socialization skills.
- Objective 3.3: Recruit volunteers to mentor women as they transition out of the correctional environment and provide continued support and advocacy while promoting encouragement, hope and positivity.
- Objective 3.4: Expose/Introduce women to inspirational activities (arts and speaking engagements.)
Second Helpings Hawaii also assists women in transition in seeking services that address emotional anxiety and offers referral services to those struggling with substance abuse.
(Disclaimer: Second Helpings Hawaii does not provide substance abuse treatment services.)