On Saturday, June 29th, American Savings Bank (ASB) employees on Maui and ASB’s Chief Administrative Officer Beth Whitehead – who flew over from corporate headquarters on Oahu – helped with landscaping efforts at Malama Family Recovery Center’s Therapeutic Living and Sober Living Program facilities in downtown Kahului.
The project was part of ASB’s ‘Seeds of Service’ program, which is an annual bank-wide initiative to help the company’s employees volunteer time and effort for schools and community groups. Malama Family Recovery Center, (MFRC), dba Malama Na Makua A Keiki, Inc, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive substance abuse and mental health services for women and children through education, prevention, treatment and referral in a safe environment, is the only agency on Maui that provides gender specific services, with priority given to pregnant and parenting women.
The Therapeutic Living and Sober Living Program facilities house MFRC’s residential and outpatient treatment programs and also provide a home for approximately 17 women plus children, as MFRC allows clients to have a child living with them during the recovery process. MFRC recently welcomed ASB First Vice President/Regional Executive Chuck Dando, Jr., onto its Board of Directors. “We cannot thank Mr. Dando, American Savings Bank and its employees enough,” said MFRC Clinical Director, Lisa Ponichtera. “Their help made a huge difference in our effort to provide a pleasant and kid-friendly living environment for women who are doing the challenging work of healing themselves so that they can become self-sufficient and create positive change for their families.”
This project added to the more than 9,500 volunteer hours that American Savings Bank employees have donated on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai and Kauai since the ‘Seeds of Service’ program launched in 2005.