About Us

About Us

Neighborhood Place of Puna (NPP) is a Home Visiting Family Strengthening program. NPP is the only program offering free and voluntary intensive (weekly), on-going, in-home services to families with children ranging in age from 0 to 17.

Our goal is to ensure that families have access to the resources and skills they need to raise safe and healthy children, free of abuse and neglect.

NPP helps parents and children by meeting weekly with families in their homes, over a period of several months, connecting the family to available resources, providing encouragement and support, and helping the parents understand their children’s developmental stages and developmentally appropriate parenting skills.

NPP staff must also often teach and model fundamental life skills that the parents never learned as children and young adults, simple things like: basic hygiene, money management and budgeting, effective communication, age appropriate discipline, and the importance of a structured family life.

The Neighborhood Place of Puna family strengthening program helps caretakers identify their strengths, improve on weak areas, and enables success as a family. Those who complete the program are given additional knowledge, resources, and skills to raise safe and healthy children.

 

Our History

Neighborhood Place of Puna (NPP) began as community response to the high amount of child abuse in Puna and the disproportionately high removal rate of Hawaiian children from their homes.

In 2002 a collaboration of community groups including; The Island of Hawaii YMCA, Child Welfare Services, the Children’s Justice Center, Turning Point for Families and several concerned citizens submitted an application to Blue Print for Change to open a Neighborhood Place in Puna.

The collaboration was seeking to develop and support a family centered, and community driven, home visiting prevention program that would help ensure that families had access to the resources and skills necessary to raise safe and healthy children.

In August of 2002, the Island of Hawaii YMCA opened the Neighborhood Place of Puna in Pahoa to families and community groups in Puna. In 2003 NPP received additional funding from the Hawaii Children’s Trust fund.

In effort to expand the reach more families with home visiting services and create sustainability, NPP applied to the IRS for and received its 501(c) (3) non-profit organization status in 2006.

In 2010 Neighborhood Place of Puna applied for and received Title IVBII funds. This multi-year grant allowed NPP to hire staff dedicated to serving the many isolated families living in Upper Puna.

In 2013, in response to a rise in Child Abuse and Neglect in the Hilo district, Neighborhood Place of Puna opened its office in Hilo, in the mixed income neighborhood of Puueo.

Today we reside at our office location 16-105 Opukahaia St., Keaau, HI, 96749 and our temporary family housing shelter Hale ‘Iki in lower Puna. We’ve been blessed to expand staff and resources and with your help hope to grow our reach even more!