“I want to say it’s better now it’s good no more fighting and it’s clean everything at the back everywhere over here night time it’s good no more fighting,” said Sapina Edmond.
Guam – Harmon Hemlani apartments owner Vinod Hemlani appears to have cleaned up his apartments significantly and on Tuesday he invited big brothers big sisters and the Micronesian Resource Center to meet with his tenants to introduce them to some of the services they have.
“I want to say it’s better now it’s good no more fighting and it’s clean everything at the back everywhere over here night time it’s good no more fighting,” said Sapina Edmond. Edmond has lived at the Harmon Hemlani apartments for the last two years. After the recent assault on police officers she says things have improved at the apartments. Apartment owner Vinod Hemlani tells PNC that he put his foot down after that incident and spoke to his tenants. He cleaned up the area told his tenants to keep their areas clean and began kicking out anyone who caused trouble. On Tuesday he invited Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Micronesian Resource Center to meet with his tenants and explain to them what kind of services they offer. “In addition to the mentoring services which is a one to one match between an adult and a youth we also have a service learning program,” said Vanessa Estella Executive Director Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guam.
They also provide training for financial literacy and Micronesian Resources can help clients get acclimated to Guam and it’s surroundings. “We do have a small grant that will help take them on hikes around the island as well,” said Program Director Kara Sexton.
Estella says the visit went better than expected and she says several tenants expressed interest in their services. “We start the hard work of recruiting volunteers. We would really like to encourage those who are interested in giving back particularly male role models to give our office a call. There are a lot of young boys who could use positive influence in their life,” said Estella.