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ALOHA UNITED WAY PARTNER AGENCY HIGHLIGHT

Each quarter Aloha Matters will be featuring one of Aloha United Way’s 87 partner agencies.

ORGANIZATION:

Hale Kipa, Inc., founded in 1970

Hale Kipa has over 15 programs on all of the major Hawaiian islands and provides services that include foster care, emergency shelter, therapeutic living programs, diversion, attendant care, street outreach, positive youth development, sexual exploitation prevention, Hawaii Youth correctional Facility groups and transitional planning, residential programs for youth transitioning out of homelessness or foster care, independent living, community-based outreach and advocacy, advocate programs, intensive in-home services, community mental health shelter and a valid court order program.

INTERESTING FACTS:

• Hale Kipa has 21 offices/sites on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui and Kauai.
• At least one-third of its population is part-Hawaiian with up to 55% in some programs.
• Hale Kipa absorbed the former Sisters Offering Support programs and curriculum designed for adolescents. Trained staff are available to make school and community presentations.
• Hale Kipa has a program based at the Hawaii Youth correctional Facility that provides weekly cognitive restructuring groups as well as transitional and relapse planning for the youth.

WHAT ALOHA UNITED WAY ISSUE AREAS DO YOU FALL UNDER?

Emergency & Crisis Services, Financial Stability & Independence, Homelessness

SUCCESS STORY:

Julie is a 21 year old who has been involved with the foster care system since the age of 12 due to being the victim of emotional abuse, neglect and rejection from her parents. During her years in foster care and thereafter, the only consistent thing in her life was her involvement with programs at Hale Kipa, both residential and outreach. But what has made Julie truly successful has been her own resilience and willingness to seek out and accept assistance when she needed it. In high school, Julie demonstrated healthy life choices for herself Julie successfully completed high school and began college at the age of 17. She maintained part time employment, even working two jobs at a time to help support herself During this time, she was also involved in a relationship that turned abusive. Hale Kipa staff supported her by providing her with options and resources available to her. She eventually became pregnant, and like many women in abusive relationships, Julie made an effort to make the relationship work. Later, Julie showed great dedication by juggling motherhood and continuing her education. Since then, she has transitioned into her own two bedroom apartment, and continues to receive support from Hale Kipa. She currently is working towards her goal of receiving a college degree with plans of working on a graduate degree as well.

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