June 5, 2018 — Friends of Hawaii Charities Supports Malama

Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. has donated $6,750 to Maui nonprofit Malama Family Recovery Center to help clients purchase clothes, toiletries, food, bus passes and baby/infant-related supplies. Malama provides caring, holistic substance abuse treatment to women and children so families can live safe, independent and healthy lives. It is the only women-specific addiction treatment center on Maui and the only place on the island where babies and young children can stay with their mothers while they get help.

Malama aims to eliminate the most common barriers to treatment and long-term recovery that women face, and one of those barriers is extreme poverty.

“Some women who come to us have almost nothing when it comes to the bare essentials and are not receiving any government assistance or help from friends or family” said Malama Clinical Director Dr. Lisa Ponichtera. “Although we do help them access financial aid, it can take several weeks for their applications to be approved. It is understandably difficult for these women to function on a basic level and start participating in treatment in this situation. Because of this grant we can provide clients and their children with basic necessities during that waiting period so they can truly begin the healing process. We are deeply grateful to Friends of Hawaii Charities for their continuing generosity and compassion.”

Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. distributes funds to organizations that help Hawaii’s women, children and impoverished. Its signature fundraiser for generating grant funds is the Sony Open in Hawaii PGA Tour golf tournament held at Oahu’s Waialae Country club each January. For more information about Malama, visit malamafamilyrecovery.org. For more information about Friends of Hawaii Charities, visit friendsofhawaii.org.