New non-profit group to launch home care program


The Office of Samoan Affairs of California (OSACA), which has been in operation in the U.S. for more than three decades, will officially launch in American Samoa next week a federally funded program dealing with home care for the elderly.
“This is a very important five-year Alofa Tunoa Home Care Project, which provides care for senior citizens at their homes,” said Sala Filoiali’i Mataali’i, who is OSACA Regional Director for the project in American Samoa.
She also says that they have been undergoing training for the program, since the non-profit group first opened a branch in American Samoa.
OSACA will hold a “break bread” event next Tuesday to meet the staff and learn more about this project.
Next Friday, Mar. 7 is the official ‘open house’ for the Alofa Tunoa Home Care, starting at 9a.m.on Fa Street at the Tafuna Housing complex at the Lyons Park.
According to the organization, Alofa Tunoa Home Care will launch and establish a Native owned Home Care Business, as well as provide a continuum of training and education to develop a new healthcare provider workforce in American Samoa.
It also says this is a Health Career Ladder Program with the goal of providing training, education and sustainable job opportunities for Native American Pacific Islanders in American Samoa to enter the healthcare field and develop their skills for upward mobility, both during and beyond the 5-year project period.
“This is a great way for those wanting to enter the healthcare profession, such as nursing, to go through this important care project,” Mataali’i said yesterday.


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