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 …

Ohana Fuels donates $8179.62 to NPP

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Puna Hawaii – Neighborhood Place of Puna was the most recent beneficiary of the Ohana Fuels ‘Fuel Up. Do Good’ program. Ohana Fuels partners with nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of the local community, …

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 …

A Willingness to Help

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Neighborhood Place of Puna tries not to turn anyone away. We primarily help families with underage children as well as pregnant and parenting teens. We run an emergency food pantry to help the hungry in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …