Following the first LifeRing meeting in Hawaii (see earlier post, here), the participants were asked to fill out a short questionnaire about the experience.  Here are the results, forwarded thanks to Lorraine Robinson, director of the Ka Hale Ho‘ala Hou No Na Wahine program (Home of Reawakening for Women).   As explained earlier, Ka Hale (“T H Mahoney’s”) is a residential program for women who have served time in state prison and are re-entering the community.

Thank you very much for your
participation in Friday, July 16th’s LifeRing meeting at Ka Hale Ho`āla
Hou No Nā Wāhine, the first LifeRing meeting ever to take place in Hawaii!
We are interested in your feedback. Please take the time to complete the
survey questions below. When you have completed your survey, please hand
it in to security by no later than July 22 at 1800 hours and you will
receive 30 minutes of community service credit. Mahalo for your input.
1) Did the meeting have value for
you?
Not at all Somewhat Extremely
0 6 12
2) Was the “How was your week?”
format helpful?
Not at all Somewhat Extremely
0 6 12
3) Would you choose to
attend LifeRing if you could receive support group credit?
Yes No
16 2
4) Would you recommend
LifeRing meetings to others in recovery?  Please explain why:
Meaningful, different approach; helpful; new concept; comfortable; A+
meeting; free spirited conversations; not reading from a book; felt good;
good format and relaxed atmosphere.
Yes No
18 0
5) What did you like best about
the LifeRing meeting?Different, connecting situations and people,
interesting; closeness; went straight to sharing – skipped readings; “how
was your week”; no reading; good speaker; identifying each others trials,
strengths and giving feedback; involved everyone.
6) Any additional comments?

Even though we all live in the same building, we don’t talk to each
other on a regular basis – nice to hear about everyone’s week; have some
snacks and water at future meetings; knowing we are not alone with our
daily choices, thoughts and emotions; start life ring in Hawaii; thankful
for the opportunity to expand “options”.