Family Strengthening

Family Strengthening Services at Neighborhood Place of Puna

Neighborhood Place of Puna works to support families raising safe and healthy keiki. We are one of the few programs East Hawai’i families can come to for financial, counseling and parenting support during stressful times and times of additional need. Our outreach workers meet clients where they are in their homes, servicing outreach from Kalapana area to Pepeekeo. We help families stay together and discover their own strengths through intensive in-home coaching based on identified protective factors. We help local families by providing logistical support, teaching, and modeling behavior. We also support by reinforcing developmentally appropriate and nurturing home environments, and by providing material resources for families participating in home visitation programs.

In Hawai’i, many families struggle as low-income or unemployed in areas with high costs of living. We help families cope with many of the persistent and structural stressors of systemic poverty, by providing temporary emergency shelter, food, employment counseling, housing navigation, and parental support programs. Neighborhood Place of Puna focuses on childhood well-being because we understand the importance of childhood developmental stages. Especially for younger children, early life stressors can have life-long impacts. Some of our participants are mandated by court while others self-enroll for these support services voluntarily. By providing stable welfare services for struggling families, Neighborhood Place of Puna helps support long-term positive outcomes for Hawai’i communities. At NPP, we work very hard to ensure that families have the resources, knowledge, and skills they need to create a safe and stable environment to raise their children. We also strive to support education and welfare programs to end cycles of systemic poverty in our community.

Are you in need of free family strengthening services? Email to learn more.

You can help. Please donate to support our local families in their efforts to raise safe and healthy children.

Download the Family Outreach Referral Form