Volunteers scour East Hawaii before dawn to help with Homeless Point in Time Count

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Justine Erickson and Sha’nae Ramos approach a van to see if anyone is sleeping in it for the Homeless Point in Time Count Wednesday morning.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Justine Erickson and Sha’nae Ramos approach a woman sleeping in her car Wednesday morning during the Homeless Point in Time Count.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Justine Erickson and Sha’nae Ramos approach a woman sleeping in her car Wednesday morning during the Homeless Point in Time Count.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald

    Justine Erickson and Sha’nae Ramos get supplies for the Homeless Point in Time Count while out Wednesday morning in downtown Pahoa.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Justine Erickson of HOPE Services approaches Ronnell Deroso during the Homeless Point in Time Count Wednesday morning in downtown Pahoa.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Justine Erickson of HOPE Services surveys Ronnell Deroso during the Homeless Point in Time Count Wednesday morning in downtown Pahoa.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Sha’nae Ramos, a family outreach specialist for housing at Neighborhood Place of Puna, gives Ronnell Deroso water and snacks Wednesday morning in downtown Pahoa. Ramos volunteered with HOPE Services last week during the Homeless Point in Time Count.

PAHOA — When volunteers approached a sleepy Ronnell Deroso on Wednesday morning offering water and snacks, he hoarsely replied: “Water.”