Pacific Gateway Center (PGC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower immigrants, refugees (many of whom are human trafficking survivors) and low-income in building skills so they may access opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency. PGC’s operations include social, economic and environmental initiatives that create opportunities and build skills that help our targeted populations achieve self-sufficiency.
Immigrants, refugees and low-income residents live under broad conditions of vulnerability that encompass social, cultural, economic and political factors. Risk factors include social and culture exclusion, stereotyping, poverty, lack of job and communication skills, shame, limited education and/or limited access to education, gender issues for women, as well as personal confrontation with political instability, war and conflict in home countries. Many of the immigrants and refugees we serve are victims of human trafficking.
PGC’s initiatives and programs serve to meet vital needs of our targeted populations and designed to help our clients lead self-sufficient lives. For example, low-income immigrant farmers face daunting challenges such as language barriers, lack of knowledge in business planning, local regulations, contacts and resources. Throughout the year, PGC helps to mitigate these obstacles with its bilingual and bi-cultural staff assisting with daily survival needs that include affordable housing, food, medical care, religion, legal questions, employment, education for their children, ESL, and interpretation.
For decades, Pacific Gateway Center has been the portal for immigrants and refugees to Hawaii seeking a land that would give them the opportunity for a better life. To this end, we have developed programs and services that nurture the development and acculturation of immigrants and refugees as well as low-income residents who have not had access to resources which would provide the freedoms that have been taken for granted.
The Pacific Gateway Center services the entire state of Hawai‘i with clients on Maui, Big Island and Kauai. The world has entered a period marking the most significant human migration in history. As such, PGC is playing a key role in Hawai‘i, a major gateway city, in welcoming and helping new people into our aloha state with transition, acclimation, and acceptance.
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Pacific Gateway Center is a partner agency of Aloha United Way.