Resilience Hubs Distribute PPE Donations

Posted on May 20, 2020 in Releases


HONOLULU – To help protect essential workers who provide mental health services and their patients, the Hawai‘i Department of Health and the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group (BHHSURG) are coordinating the distribution of donated personal protective equipment (PPE) across the state. So far, more than 12,000 surgical masks, among other items, have been donated to one of three drop-off and distribution sites, or “resilience hubs,” on Oʻahu.

“We’d like to thank the community for their generous spirit and outpouring of Aloha. The donations allow our providers to safely ensure a continuity of care while keeping our staff and clients protected,” said Eddie Mersereau, Department of Health Deputy Director of Behavioral Health.

Donated PPE are being used by behavioral health and homelessness service providers working across the state, including at the Hawai‘i State Hospital and the Temporary Quarantine and Isolation Center on O‘ahu. A partnership with the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute will begin establishing additional resilience hubs on Neighbor Islands to receive donated PPE.

Donations of homemade and unopened store-bought PPE such as masks, goggles, gloves and face shields continue to be welcomed. In addition, the resilience hubs are now accepting sanitation supplies including bleach, disinfecting wipes, paper towels, and toilet paper.

To date, the resilience hubs have received:

  • 12,153 Unused and Unopened Surgical Masks
  • 8,735 Pairs of Disposable Gloves
  • 7,069 N95 Masks
  • 288 Homemade Masks
  • 590 Unused Medical Gowns
  • 204 Homemade or Locally Manufactured Face Shields
  • 15 Pairs of Unused Eyewear or Goggles

Yet, thousands more are needed. The resilience hubs continue to welcome donations from the public. Three non-profits are hosting the resilience hubs: KROC Center in Kapolei, KEY Project in Kahalu‘u and YMCA in Kalihi. Items may be dropped off at the following times and locations:

KROC Center in Kapolei
91-3257 Kualakai Parkway, ʻEwa Beach, HI 96706
Drop-off hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., or by appointment
Phone: (808) 682-5505

KEY Project
47-200 Waiheʻe Road, Kāneʻohe, HI 96744
Drop-off hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., or by appointment
Phone: (808) 239-5777

Kalihi YMCA
1335 Kalihi St., Honolulu, HI 96819
Drop-off hours: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., or by appointment
Phone: (808) 848-2494

Behavioral health and homelessness service providers may continue to submit requests for PPE using the Support & Supply form on the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group (BHHSURG) website. Walk-in requests for PPE are not being accepted at this time. Orders are being completed in phases and pick-ups are coordinated directly with providers.

The BHHSURG is a partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Health, the Office of the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, the Hawai‘i Department of Human Services, the University of Hawaiʻi, and the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute. Funds for the effort were donated from BlackSand Capital into the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund, with a match from the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. In addition, a significant donation was made by the Tzu Chi Foundation.

To learn more about this initiative or for other ways to provide community support during this time, please visit BHHSURG.HAWAII.GOV.


PDF: 20041 HDOH – Resilience Hubs PPE Distribution News Release