Dear Members of the Hawai‘i USF Community,
I have been distraught by the news of the disastrous wildfires in Lahaina and across Maui and on the Island of Hawai‘i. As I write this message, I hold in my prayers the 96 people who have lost their lives and those who are still unaccounted for, as well as so many others who have lost their homes and businesses and been displaced. We are especially grateful for the first responders who are saving lives and laboring to protect the islands.
USF has been home to many students from Hawai‘i, and many of our current students, faculty, and staff have family and loved ones in the state. We are sending our deepest condolences and prayers to all of you and your beloved communities.
You were remembered yesterday at the welcome liturgy for new undergraduate students and their families. We will remember you again at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Aug. 29 at 11:45 a.m.
The entire university community stands with you during this devastating time, and we affirm our unity in support and prayer. We invite the USF community to give and take action through the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF), which is accepting donations for the Maui Strong Fund.
Current USF students and employees may access a number of resources and support services during this traumatic time:
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) support is available to students. CAPS staff can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (415) 422-6352, and after business hours at (855) 531-0761.
- Students can also contact the dean of students for assistance at (415) 422-5330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Faculty and staff can contact CONCERN, the university’s employee assistance program, at (800) 344-4222.
- University Ministry support services are available to all community members and can be reached at email@example.com.
As you take care of yourself, your family, community, and friends, please know that I and all members of the USF community have you in our prayers.
Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.