HONOLULU – Hale Kipa was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Hau’oli Mau Loa Foundation. The monies will go to furthering educational programs as well as creating and maintaining the nonprofit’s initiatives.
“We are extremely grateful to the Hau’oli Mau Loa Foundation for their generous contribution and for recognizing the work we do for at-risk youth,” said Punky Pletan-Cross, Hale Kipa’s chief executive officer. “The frat will help us kick-off some much needed programs and allow us an opportunity to create and expand on educational and preventives.”
The Hau’oli Mau Loa Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation established by Helga Glaesel-Hollenback who, in her words, “found great happiness on the island of Hawai’i” and through her philanthropy sought “to return the generosity of the islands.”
The Foundation seeks to expand opportunities for those less fortunate, especially children, to find hope for their future and seeks to enhance stewardship, preservation and protection of the environment.
Hale Kipa, is a multi-service, fully-accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that specializes in working with at-risk children, adolescents and their families. From its beginning in 1970 as a single group home on O’ahu, today they provide services for over three thousand at-risk youth and their families annually. Hale Kipa depends entirely upon both public and private sources for its funding, because its services are provided at no cost to at-risk and their families. The target population of the various youth service programs administered by Hale Kipa includes: homeless and runaway youth, status offenders, pregnant teens, youth offenders supervised by the courts, youth served by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health systems, youth awaiting foster home placement and youth that otherwise have nowhere else to turn.
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