Grant Given to MOC

Marcia Kekino, who works at the Molokai Occupational Center (MOC) thrift store and car wash, traveled to Oahu on behalf of MOC clients to give mahalo for the generosity of the Weinberg Foundation.  The foundation recently awarded MOC a $10,000 grant to help expand vocational rehabilitation opportunities for Molokai’s developmentally disable and economically disadvantaged residents.  At the Weinberg Foundation’s luncheon on Jan. 20, many community organizations were represented throughout the state that it has partnered up with to promote community based economic development. This grant will enable MOC to improve and upgrade training opportunities in the MOC thrift store, and benefit the community as a whole. Marcia spoke at the Weinberg luncheon about what employment at MOC has done for her and others.  She was accompanied to the Oahu luncheon by Jim Schelinski, the new MOC board president, and Noe Pascua, the MOC Facility Coordinator. 

MOC has been going through a major restructuring in hopes of providing a more transparent and accessible resource to the clients of MOC.  The new board has been impressed with the aloha and openhearted response from our staff and outside agencies as we move forward with the MOC mission – a vocational rehabilitation facility service program for the developmentally, disabled and economically disadvantage residents of Molokai.  We hope that those who have knowledge and opportunities to support the MOC organization will consider doing so as we move forward to help improve economic development for Molokai’s at risk individuals.  There is no island that is more capable of helping their own than Molokai. Thank you Marcia for reminding us!

MOC Board of Directors


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