Hale Kipa recently received two grants – and even some Pro Bowl tickets for the youth and staff!
The National Football League (NFL) donated $3,500 and the Pro Bowl tickets. The grant will support ongoing operations and services of Ho’okala, a statewide diversion program that that insures juveniles are not secured inappropriately in police lock-ups. The program was created in 1993 in order to maintain compliance with the Jail Removal and Sight and Sound Mandates of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974.
“We truly appreciate the National Football League’s support of the youth and the overall mission of Ho`okala,” said Punky Pletan-Cross, CEO of Hale Kipa. “The youth that attended the Pro Bowl had a wonderful time, all thanks to the National Football League’s generosity.”
Ho`okala (Hawaiian for “to free or release”) services are aimed at reuniting youth with their families and, in cases where that is not feasible, to provide the least restrictive care. Ho`okala staff conduct separate interviews with the youth and parent/legal guardians to address the arrest, obtain individual perspectives and identify any needs that the family may have. Both parties are brought together to discuss what has transpired and attempt some sort of resolution before the youth is released.
The Program provides 24-hour accessibility to the police, screening, intake, assessment services, crisis intervention, referral services, attendant care, and access to emergency shelter services.
Hale Kipa was also awarded $250,000 from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation to assist in its consolidation of four leased sites into one permanent home in Ewa Beach. A new home for Hale Kipa consolidates disparate operations into a best-in-class facility that will improve service quality and build a sense of place in West Oahu, among important community partners. The new home will reduce occupancy and transportation costs, and bring more staff and residents together to grow the culture of trust that is foundational for Hale Kipa’s work.
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