The Salvation Army Addiction Treatment Services (ATS)

The Ho‘ohana Program: Vocational Education

The Salvation Army Addiction Treatment Services (ATS)

The Ho‘ohana Program: Vocational Education

The Ho‘ohana (to put to work) Program works with the forensic population to reintegrate them into the community through employment, volunteerism and continuing education. Through developing necessary life and vocational skill sets, this program fosters a sense of self-empowerment within each client to become a responsible and contributing member of their community. Clients interested in participating in the Ho’ohana Program may engage services at any level of care (Residential, Day Treatment, Outpatient and Aftercare).

Continuing Education Project

In collaboration with McKinley Community School for Adults (MCSA), ATS is an official GED Prep site for any client who wishes to continue their education.

  • Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) clients benefit from a special registration rate provided by MCSA.
  • Clients are provided with free access to
  • All participating clients receive levels of mastery through pre and post testing.
  • Each client receives at least 3 hours of tutoring per week.

Throughout the course of treatment, clients begin to realize the weight of the healthy decisions they make. Some clients have reported thinking going to college would not be possible, but through community partnerships that ATS has fostered, more clients are engaged at the community college level, now more than ever. Many clients participating in the GED Prep classes have future aspirations of achieving higher education goals.

Ho‘oka‘ano Mana‘o (Equally sharing knowledge)

While participating in inpatient treatment, clients work on identifying work values, identifying transferable skills, conflict resolution, effective communication, emotion management, and strengths development.

While participating in outpatient treatment, clients continue to build on what they have already learned, as well as computer literacy, team building, and community engagement.

Because of this program, numerous clients will start college in the upcoming semester, more program participants plan for future enrollment, several clients registered for GED classes, and countless resumes have been completed.

Individual Services

All participating clients receive specialized trainings and workshops in group settings, however, every program participant also receives individualized services that include but are not limited to vocational counseling, academic advising, resume building, job search techniques, interview preparedness, money management, community resource liaison access, general troubleshooting, and are provided with updated listings of ‘felon friendly’ employers.

"You got me excited that it was possible. Hooking up my resume was awesome and gave so much more confidence going in to interviews."
– L.C., Program Participant

Our clients face many barriers to reintegration. However, through working with the Ho‘ohana Program, they are able to find employment and continue their education regardless of their gaps in work history, legal involvement, education level, or housing stipulations.

Opportunities for employment and education are likely to reduce the amount of recidivism of ex-offenders.

Community Partnerships

Community Partners include E Noa Tours, Federal Bonding Program, Hawai‘i Community Action Program (HCAP): Hana Lima Employment Program, Institute for Human Services (IHS): Hele2Work, Mckinley Community School for Adults, Microsoft Store: Ala Moana, TRiO Student Support Services, Windward Community College: Paipai o Ko‘olau, YWCA: Dress for Success, No Vote No Grumble, Hawaii Medical College and Locations Hawaii Foundation.

Community partnerships with the Ho‘ohana Program provide clients with unique services that promote re-employment or continuing education including access to technology, interview clothes, employment opportunities, and more.