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Pacific Gateway Center Lemongrass Cafe - International beachcomb and sea glass expert, Deacon Ritterbush
Time: 5 P.M. - 11 P.M.
Pacific Gateway Center
83 North King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dr. Beachcomb to Speak at Pacific Gateway Center on First Friday Sept. 2
Pacific Gateway Center’s Lemon Grass Café will celebrate First Friday on September 2 by hosting international beachcomb and sea glass expert, Deacon Ritterbush, known as "Dr. Beachcomb”.
The Lemon Grass Café, located at 83 N. King Street, will be open on First Friday from 5 p.m. until closing.
Last month, PGC hosted a tribute to local designer Andy South. The September 2 First Friday will feature a talk by Dr. Beachcomb on the personal health benefits from beachcombing. Her mission in this stressful world is to introduce people to the healthful, healing and affordable world of beachcombing.
After her talk, Dr. Beachcomb will show jewelry made from beach treasures, hand out samples of Hawaii’s sea glass and ceramics and sign copies of her award-winning book “A Beachcomber's Odyssey”. A percentage of all sales will benefit the Pacific Gateway Center.
Regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on the beachcomb experience, her lecture, "The Archaeology of Beachcombing," leads people on beach excursions in Hawai'i and across the globe to learn more about shipwreck treasure, sea glass, fossils, Asian fishing floats and more. Interweaving concepts of anthropology, biology, geology and history, she identifies and traces the origin of select beach treasures, and paints compelling pictures of human settlement patterns, ocean life, and the workings of our planet. Her words and beach finds will inspire you to head outside again to explore.
A Beachcomber's Odyssey was the winner of the 2009 "Books for Better Living" gold medal (Independent Publishers) and Honorable Mention for Most Inspirational/Best Self-Help Book of 2009 (Eric Hoffer Awards).
Dr. Ritterbush, trained as a Pacific islands specialist and international development strategist, was formerly a Research Fellow at the East-West Center, a Director of Development and Cultural Programs at the Pacific Gateway Center. She also was the Coordinator of the recent Kava Bowl Ocean Summit, held in Honolulu this past June in conjunction with the arrival of the Pacific vaka fleet.
For more information on her work, visit www.drbeachcomb.com. For information on her First Friday lecture or directions to the center, please contact: Kendall at 851-7000 or visit http://www.pacificgatewaycenter.org/portal/default.aspx
Pacific Gateway Center will take part in the "First Friday" event at its Lemongrass Cafe location downtown (83 North King Street)
ABOUT PACIFIC GATEWAY CENTER
For many years, Pacific Gateway Center (PGC) has been the portal for immigrants and refugees seeking a land which 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 Hawaiians who have not had access to resources which would provide the freedoms that we have taken for granted. Our work is not only of great value to the local community but also serves as the threshold to many other states that will absorb these new people into the American culture.
The purpose of the Pacific Gateway Center is to help immigrants, refugees and low-income residents of Hawaii gain access to opportunities and services through the building of skills that lead to self-sufficiency while respecting the integrity of diverse cultural heritages. Pacific Gateway Center's values include: Food, Diversity, Spirit of Aloha, Humor, Creativity, Integrity, Mutual Respect, and Teamwork.
- Hawaii Language Bank
- Immigration Services
- Refugee Resettlement & Matching Grant
- Food bank
Employment and Training Services:
- Employment Core Services for Immigrants
- Employment Core Services for Low Income
- Small Business Management Training
- English as Second Language Training
- Kitchen Incubator Training
- USDA Homeownership Kauai
- RED Manini Microloan Program
- Employment Creation for Refugees, Immigrants, and Low-Income
The Retail Incubator:
Another project of PGC is the Retail Incubator, which provides space and marketing services for clients of PGC. The majority of the clients will be related to the Culinary Business Incubator and therefore, a caf is part of the marketing program. On the second floor, the Retail Incubator will provide services for retail products such as computer services, packaging, and accounting.
A new initiative of PGC has been a catering service for such events as weddings, meetings, and funerals. Using existing facilities and staff, this service provides recent immigrants with jobs and supports clients by buying food products from them and providing informal advertising and contacts for client products. The income generated by the catering service directly supports the social services and program operations of PGC and is integral to the company's overall strategy of engaging in social entrepreneurship.
Affordable Housing Initiative:
Affordable Housing Initiative is our first project to address the growing need of the low-income residents of Hawaii. Our project uses the models found in New York City and Chicago. It is open to low-income residents with a rent control lease. Because the tenants pay utilities, they are motivated to be economical in energy use. PGC provides case management on an as-needed basis.
The Pacific Gateway Center serves over 5,000 clients per year. In addition to the clients served in the following Program Report, PGC's main office serves well over 1,000 walk-in clients who receive general information, and a variety of services including ID photographs, translation, notary, emergency food and rent, and casual labor work. PGC also provides services to over 1,000 clients through its 5 festivals, and to approximately 350 clients through financial literacy, business and computer training.
The Pacific Gateway Center serves over 3,000 clients per year. In addition to the clients served in our four main components, PGC's main office serves well over 1,000 walk-in clients who receive general information and a variety of services including ID photographs, translation, notary, emergency food and rent, and casual labor work. PGC also provides services to over 1,000 clients through its 5 ethnic festivals, and to approximately 350 clients through financial literacy, business and computer training. A few of our current and future programs include the following :
- Affordable Housing Initiative
- The Retail Incubator
- Floating Lantern Festival
- and much more.
The History of the Pacific Gateway Center
The Pacific Gateway Center (PGC), formerly known as the Immigrant Center, was founded in 1973 by the Palama Council of Churches in Hawai`i in response to the dramatic increase in Asian and Pacific Island immigrants to the islands. In 1984, St. Elizabeth's church provided the location for the PGC and incorporated the PGC as an independent organization with its own governing board of directors and private, non-profit (501(c)3) status. The PGC also became a member agency of the Aloha United Way. At present, the PGC employs 50 full-time and part-time employees and offers a wide range of direct and support services to meet the needs of immigrants, refugees, and low-income residents of Hawai`i. Services are provided to approximately 5,000 clients per year. Job training classes now serve over 550 clients annually. The mission of PGC is "to empower Hawaii's low-income residents, immigrants and refugees to achieve self-sufficiency through skill-building and access to opportunities while respecting cultural heritages." PGC celebrated its 35th anniversary on September 9, 2009.
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