Costs force MEO out of senior chore service

Interim group to run program until county can secure new provider

May 30, 2011
By LEE IMADA – News Editor , The Maui News

WAILUKU – Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. will be giving up its county contract on June 30 for elderly homemaker and chore services, a program the agency has run virtually nonstop since the mid-1970s.

There will be no interruption of services to elderly clients, who receive help with their household chores, home maintenance and laundry with the goal of keeping them independent and living in their homes.

Hale Mahaolu, which already offers personal care services, will pick up the program in the interim, until the county can contract with a new provider, a news release said.

MEO, a private nonprofit Community Action Agency, decided to relinquish the Homemaker and Chore Services contact because of financial shortfalls in the program. The agency lost about $40,000 this contract year on the $153,645 contract, said Debbie Cabebe, chief programs officer.

“MEO has a long history of providing chore services on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai,” said Lyn McNeff, MEO chief executive officer. “We have much aloha for our clients.

“Unfortunately, the cost of running the program continues to exceed the cost reimbursement. It is with sadness that we have determined it is no longer feasible for MEO to provide this service.”

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