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INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM’S HALOA HOUSE GETS A MAKEOVER

Junior League of Honolulu (JLH) and Hale Kipa go way back to our nonprofit’s founding, so it was no surprise this past May the women of JLH selected Hale Kipa for their spring new member class project. Over 25 volunteers renovated the Haloa House, one of two residences part of our Independent Living Program. In addition to extensive cleaning, JLH decorated the Haloa House with a new sofa, chair covers, area rugs, window treatments, bedding and an assortment of household accessories. The Haloa House had only seen second-hand furnishings, so the new couch was a first and special treat. The before and after photos reveal the residence’s complete makeover into a space that looks and feels more like a home – thanks to JLH’s exceptional renovations.

“This project has transformed our Haloa House from drab into an inviting, vibrant environment, and the response from the young women residing here has been overwhelming delight,” said Michelle Kinimaka, program coordinator of Hale Kipa’s Independent Living Program. “Once again, the Junior League of Honolulu has really come through for Hale Kipa!”

The Haloa House and its in-house advisor provide young women, ages 18 to 21 years old, transitioning out of foster care a stable, supportive living environment. Up to four young women reside in the home at one time, staying on average six to nine months. The Haloa House, however, is more than a shelter. As a component of the Independent Living Program, the home is a place where former female foster youth can take their next steps towards self-sufficiency with the support of their peers and our staff. We guide them in their transition into adulthood, helping them pursue higher education goals, form positive adult and peer relationships, develop money and household management skills, and locate more permanent housing following their stay at the Haloa House.

The program’s second residence is the Independent Living Program Training Apartment, which houses up to four young men, ages 17 to 20 years old, primarily from Hawaii’s juvenile justice system.

Although assisting both houses’ youth can be challenging, we see great potential in the program’s participants. After all, they are young adults with a newly discovered level of freedom. They may not always make the best decisions, but they learn from their mistakes and we are there for them during those transformational experiences.

Like the Junior League of Honolulu, you too can support the Independent Living Program. We are often looking for groups to carry-out much needed property beautification projects, such as renovating living spaces, repainting fences, and gardening yards. Currently, patio furniture and sturdy office shelves are also on the program’s wish list. “Happy First Home on Your Own Baskets,” laundry baskets filled with essential, small household items, are welcomed too. If you or a group is interested in enhancing an Independent Living Program residence or making a donation, please contact Michelle Kinimaka at michelle@halekipa.org or 808-589-1829 ext. 233 for details about the program’s most up-to-date needs.

Pictured above: Junior League of Honolulu volunteers at Haloa House.

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