An adjudicated youth program serving up to twelve court-appointed boys at a time (ages 13-17), in a temporary living environment for six to nine months. The goal of this program is to support the development and integration of critical life skills necessary for the youth’s long-term success, partnering with families to ensure successful re-entry. The low recidivism rate and high employment or back-to-school rates are attributed to the program’s multi-faceted approach, including: an effective youth mentoring component, hands-on standards-based education by DOE teachers, a family reunification component, implementation of deep-rooted cultural values, and a safe, nurturing home-like environment.
We were honored to be the beneficiaries of American Savings Bank’s (ASB) 3rd Annual Curling Fundraiser last October, which raised over $100,000 for our Ka Pa‘alana Homeless Family Education Program! This sold-out fundraiser at Ice Palace included a free curling clinic with youth from PIDF’s Ke Kama Pono Safehouse program and students from Farrington High School, and an opportunity for participants of the fundraiser to compete in a curling tournament, be coached by Team USA Curling Olympians, and enjoy a delicious dinner buffet!
Our relationship with ASB began in 2013 when a group of ASB employees volunteered their Saturday morning as part of ASB’s Seeds of Service Event, to help clean, plant seeds, and install irrigation at PIDF’s Green Machine. Since then, ASB has continued to increase their strong support of PIDF, volunteering again in 2014 at Ka Pa‘alana’s Hope Shelter and in 2015 at one of our Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool sites on Hawai‘i Island. In addition to volunteering their time, ASB has generously donated $17,132.81 in 2015 and $27,379 in 2016 through their Kahiau Employee Giving Campaign. We are truly blessed by the relationships we have been able to develop with all of our supporters and donors and would like to thank ASB for their continued partnership and growing support of our Foundation over these past several years. Not only have they been generous in donating their time and money to our programs at PIDF, but through their support they have helped increase awareness of our programs and of the needs in the communities we serve.
Partners In Development Foundation (PIDF) was presented with $25,000 for its Ka Paʻalana Homeless Family Education Program, which serves homeless and at-risk families on the Leeward Coast of Oʻahu. Through various collaborative partnerships, Ka Paʻalana assists families by providing basic needs items as well as educational programming (Family Child Interaction Preschool, Parent Education, Adult Education, and Home Visiting) to equip families toward greater self sufficiency and prepare children for school success.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation (HJWF), one of the largest private foundations in the United States, hosted an elegant Christmas luncheon for our Ka Paʻalana program participants at 3660 On The Rise. Parents and their children rode in on buses from various homeless shelters along the Waiʻanae Coast. Upon arrival, families were greeted by HJWF Staff and escorted into a private banquet room where they were greeted by Elsa and Olaf from Disney's Frozen, as well as Stuart from Universal Pictures' Despicable Me. There were many different activity stations for the families to participate in such as coloring super heroes hand-drawn by HJWF Staff, getting spray art tattoos, and balloon creations. Lunch was prepared and served by Chef Russell Siu and staff at 3660 On The Rise. After eating, each child was called up by name to sit with Santa as they were presented with their very own sack of presents.
“This is the best thing that will happen for most of these families this Christmas,” said Danny Goya, Program Director for Ka Paʻalana. PIDF is forever grateful for the continuous generous support of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for all they have been doing to help fulfill the mission and vision of building healthy and resilient communities throughout Hawaiʻi.