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Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Responding to Disaster 2018

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The Puna volcanic eruption began in people’s backyards on May 3rd. Over the next days and weeks more than 20 fissure opened and erupted. Rivers of lava spread across lower Puna claiming homes and eventually whole subdivisions. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed. Thousands of people have been displaced Neighborhood Place of Puna is working…

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Ending Child and Family Homelessness

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In our hearts, we know that children should never experience homelessness! Yet child and family homelessness persist in our community. Data from March of 2018 indicates that on Hawaii Island there are approximately 180 children experiencing homelessness with their families. That amount of child and family homelessness is not caused simply by poor parenting choices.…

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Neighborhood Place of Puna to benefit from Ohana Fuels ‘Fuel up. Do good.’ program.

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Keaʻau, Hawaiʻi – Neighborhood Place of Puna has been selected as the upcoming beneficiary of the Ohana Fuels ‘Fuel Up. Do Good’ program. Ohana Fuels partners with nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of the local community, and donates a portion of every gallon of gasoline purchased at all Ohana Fuels stations in that community.…

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Generosity, Gratitude, and Lychee

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In a community struggling with poverty – in which many people simply will not have enough money – the greatest wealth we can help people uncover is their self-value. Knowing that one’s life is valuable is a source of happiness. It gives meaning to our lives, no matter what those lives look like to others.…

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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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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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They Are All Our Responsibility

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Wednesday was a holiday here in Hawaii. Having a friend visiting from the mainland we struck out for day of sun and fun on West side of the Island. As we pulled into a parking spot at the beach, we noticed a naked two year old girl wondering around the edge of the parking lot.…

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Helping Pregnant and Parenting Teens

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Neighborhood Place of Puna is now providing intensive, ongoing, in-home, services to pregnant and parenting teens thanks to a grant from the Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund.  NPP will help these teens connect to essential services, learn about pregnancy and parenting, and try to help the teen create a safe and nurturing environment for the baby.…

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