WestCare Pacific Islands (WPI) has a strong commitment to "uplifting the human spirit" through its diverse programs and services available to Guam and the greater Pacific communities. Reaching out to those most in need, WPI has targeted services for veterans and their families, individuals in need of behavioral health support, persons who are homeless, youth at-risk and those who may be afflicted with HIV/AIDS or STIs.
Building capacity and encouraging the empowerment of our Pacific people is a major thrust of the work that is being done through individual and group work, training, consultation, community awareness, and program development. WPI continues to seek out and be open to partnerships in Guam and the Pacific for those interested in volunteering, making contributions of services, goods or funding or to collaborate in developing new programs that will assist in meeting the needs of the varied populations in our island communities.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Our mission is to provide supportive services for low or very low-income Veteran families residing in or transitioning to permanent housing. Services are designed to increase the housing stability of Veteran families that are at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. SSVF provides local veterans with case management, counseling services, veteran advocacy, housing assistance, a computer lab, and workshops. When needed, we provide referrals to other veterans’ services including benefits, employment, transitional living, mental health and substance abuse treatment, transportation assistance, food and clothing.
Funded through the Drug-Free Communities Grant administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the mission of Coalition for Drug-Free Dededo (CDFD) is to reduce youth substance use and misuse through education, prevention, and leadership, by creating an environment that supports the ability of youth, individuals, families, and the village of Dededo to withstand challenges. CDFD also aims to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors related to substance use and misuse through community awareness and education of youth and their parents/caregivers. The coalition is comprised of representatives from various sectors and is culturally diverse, reflecting the unique Dededo community.
Through the DFC grant, WPI is connected to a global network of coalition for drug-free communities. The CDFD consists of 12 sectors and beyond, representing the Youth, Parent, Government, Civic/Volunteer, Religious, Youth Serving Organization, Other Organizations Reducing Substance Abuse, Business, Media, School, Health, and Law Enforcement. The coalition is diverse, ensuring true representation of the village community it serves.
The PREP program is school-based teen pregnancy prevention program. Using an evidenced based curriculum, students in the program learn skills that help them say no to peer pressure, create personal boundaries, and make positive life choices. Built upon the philosophy that what students learn in school they take with them wherever they go, PREP offers community events that target the whole family. Through parent meet & greets, relationship building activities, and mentoring, the PREP program infuses its work into the community creating sustainable and meaningful learning for students. This program is currently implemented in Guam and the Republic of Palau. It is funded through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Grant from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
The GUÅHAN Project is the Western Pacific's only HIV/AIDS service organization. This project promotes the vital importance of knowing your HIV/AIDS status. It works to reduce shame and stigma associated with getting tested and educates members of at-risk populations on Guam.
We offer confidential HIV/STD testing, counseling, outreach and specialized training throughout the Western Pacific. Hepatitis C rapid testing will be available on site soon.
emergency food and shelter program
EFSP was established by Congress in 1983, in response to the 1982 Recession, which brought to light that public and charitable institutions at the state and local levels could not adequately respond to the nation’s homeless and food insecurity crises without Federal support. The program funds can be used for a broad range of services, including mass shelter; mass feeding; food distribution through food pantries and food banks; one-month assistance with rent or mortgage payments, and/or utility payments, to prevent evictions; and transition assistance from shelters to stable living conditions. EFSP is administered by a National Board chaired by FEMA.
UPLIFT COUNSELING SERVICES
Uplift Counseling Services provides compassionate and meaningful care that empowers individuals and families to overcome barriers and significant life challenges. Services include for those seeking support in personal growth, relationship difficulties, major life challenges, family issues, stress & anxiety and individuals challenging drug & alcohol abuse. Counseling services are available to individuals, couples, families and groups.
Uplift is part of an organization that provides services to the different communities on island. Referrals to these different programs & services may enhance and provide additional support that individuals are seeking. Services also include Supportive Services for Veterans & Families, the SPARK program that provides workshops to enhance healthy families, PREP Program for Youth Leadership and the GUAHAN Project that provides free HIV/STD testing and counseling services.