July 15, 2013 — Maui Electric Company Helps Malama Family Recovery Center Purchase New Van

MECO for vanMaui Electric Company has awarded $10,000 to Maui’s Malama Family Recovery Center to help the nonprofit upgrade its transportation capacity. Malama provides comprehensive substance abuse and mental health services for women and children through education, prevention, treatment and referral in a safe environment. In addition to being the only gender-specific treatment program on Maui, Malama is the only residential treatment center where women can have a child living with them during the recovery process.

Malama works to eliminate the barriers to treatment that often exist for women, and one of the most common barriers is access to transportation. This Maui Electric Company grant will allow Malama to more safely and efficiently transport clients to medical appointments and NA and AA meetings, where they have the opportunity to access sponsors and build relationships within the sober support community that will be in place when they leave treatment.

Malama staff members drive clients and their children to beach, parks, weekly parenting classes and other free community activities to encourage the family-reunification process. The organization’s Life Skills class requires transportation to local markets to teach clients about healthy shopping and budgeting. For some women in the outpatient program, simply getting to and from treatment is impossible without Malama’s transportation services.

“We are deeply grateful for Maui Electric Company’s generosity,” said Lisa Ponichtera, Clinical Director of Malama Family Recovery Center. “This grant will make a tremendous difference in our ability to help mothers and their children get and stay healthy and families successfully re-integrate into the community.” “Maui Electric is honored to be able to partner with a neighborhood organization, like the Malama Family Recovery Center, where they are dedicated to serving our community,” said Sharon Suzuki, president of Maui Electric Company. “We applaud the organization’s continued commitment to helping women and children through accessible treatment and care.” For more information about Malama Family Recovery Center and other ways you can help the organization, visit www.malamafamilyrecovery.org or contact Frances Duberstein at 808-579-8414, Ext. 8102.