Mobile hygiene unit back in service
Ka La Hiki Ola Drop-in Center Case Manager Barron Burton (right) and mobile hygiene unit operator/driver Ron Reed staff the unit that was recently placed back in service after being stripped by thieves and disabled last November. Parked Tuesday at St. Theresa Church in Kihei, it is the smaller of two units operated by Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers. It includes a private shower, toilet and sink for people in need. “For the most part, we’re just trying to help them get back on their feet, give them some dignity,” Burton said. “My primary job is to help people get into shelter. We’re very thankful that Mayor Victorino was able to fund the repairs. We’re very grateful.” Reed said he found the unit had been broken into while it was parked inside the gates at the Kihei wastewater treatment plant. He said the thieves were methodical while removing its special toilet, two water heaters, propane tanks, vacuum tank, shower fixtures, copper piping, hoses and heavy duty electric cables.