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Job Opening: Community Development Specialist

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Help build a stronger community in Puna and East Hawaii. Neighborhood Place of Puna currently has an on opening for a Community Development Specialist. The Community Development Specialist networks with the community, various agencies, government, and other groups to identify and address gaps in services for families.  The position requires the ability to work independently, […]

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Free School Supplies Distribution

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The Puna Round Table Ready to Learn Committee will be holding its 11th annual FREE School supplies Distribution on Saturday June 27th from 8:30am to 11:00am. School supplies will be given out at two locations: Maku’u Farmers Market on Keaau-Pahoa Rd St. Theresa’s Parish Hall in Mountain View Adults need to be accompanied by their […]

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The Poverty Trap

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As Americans, we are torn between two disparate images of poverty. One is the romantic poverty of Thoreau and Saint Francis, the holy poverty of simple lives. The other is vilified poverty, the poverty of the “welfare queen” and the “bum.” The holy poor live in stories and myth. The vilified poor live on the […]

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Making a Difference

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In a rural community like Puna, physical isolation can be a hurdle to success and barrier to accessing even the most basic of resources.  Housing is relatively cheap, but transportation is not. This forces individuals and families who are in poverty and lack financial resource—those who need the most support—to live where support is least […]

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The Work of Helping Families

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A woman came to our office on a recent Friday afternoon. She had one of her sons with her and was on the verge of tears from the emotional strain of living in a car with her children. She had a voucher for subsidized housing and had found an apartment, but the apartment failed the […]

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The Insecurity of Poverty

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Poverty is characterized by insecurity, instability, and stress. When a family does not have enough money to meet even the basic needs of housing, food, transportation, and medicine, they will, by necessity, go without at least one of these essentials for some period of time. A family in poverty will be homeless at some point. […]

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Supporting East Hawaii Families

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2014 has been a hard year for Puna families.  In addition to the usual challenges of poverty, isolation, and transportation, Hurricane Iselle came ashore over Puna early in the morning of August 9th, felling trees, closing roads, and forcing many in Puna to live without power for days or weeks. Many of the families Neighborhood […]

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Practicing Hospitality

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Hospitality, the willingness to offer shelter and food to strangers, is an ancient practice. It is a virtue praised in many religious traditions and an ethic that Neighborhood Place of Puna tries to embody. This ethic was tested late in the day, on the eve of the Veterans’ day holiday, when Neighborhood Place of Puna […]

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The Work of Honoring Each Person

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Neighborhood Place of Puna services are built on relationships, relationships that deeply value each individual person. We help families who are trying to raise safe and healthy children. We provide emergency food assistance to families and individuals who are hungry. We are also helping individuals and families dealing with the impacts of Hurricane Iselle and […]

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Lava Update

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In Response to the active lava flow above Pahoa Town, Neighborhood Place of Puna is moving our Pahoa office and staff to our Keaau office, 16-105 Opukakaia St, across from the Keaau Humane Society. We will be moving over the course of this week, 9/15 to 9/21. All of our phone numbers and email will […]

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