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.
Spark provides fun and educational classes that foster healthy relationships and increase the bond between couples. Spark is a culturally responsive program on the island of Guam serving young adults ages 18-35. Our program is part of a network of 121 organizations providing comprehensive healthy relationship skills and marriage education services to improve the overall well-being of children and their parents. This grant is administered by the Administration for Children and Families under their Healthy Marriage and Fatherhood initiative which seeks to improve the lives of children.
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.