November 14, 2017 — Weinberg Foundation Supports Aloha House Through “Sharing the Joys of the Holidays” Project

Weinberg Foundation Neighbor Island Manager Dennis Iwasaka, Aloha House Client Representative Michael Presbitero-Facuri, Aloha House Development Coordinator Frances Duberstein and Aloha House Residential Treatment Program Director Tony Arcuria

The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation donated $10,000 to Aloha House as part of its annual “Sharing the Joys of the Holidays” project. Aloha House received the contribution check at a luncheon hosted by the Foundation at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel on Oahu on Monday, November 13.

Aloha House’s mission is to promote recovery and healthy lifestyles to individuals and families by providing compassionate, effective and comprehensive behavioral health services with the spirit of excellence and aloha. The organization helps more than 6,000 people each year through its substance abuse and mental health treatment programs. Residential and outpatient programs include a medically monitored detox facility, substance abuse/addiction treatment, a sober living program, crisis outreach services, family therapy services, community based case management and Maui Counseling Group clinic.

Michael with renowned comedian Augie T. and Mahealani Sims-Tulba, Augie’s daughter and founder of B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii, another nonprofit that received a Weinberg Foundation donation at the luncheon

In attendance at the luncheon was Aloha House’s Development Coordinator Frances Duberstein, Residential Treatment Program Director Tony Arcuria and client representative Michael Presbitero-Facuri, who recently celebrated 35 months clean and sober. “I was so honored to attend this event,” said Michael. “I enjoyed learning about The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the other nonprofits that were receiving donations that day. Most of all, I was proud to represent Aloha House – an organization that has made such a difference in my life. It’s not every day you get asked to fly to another island to speak to a room full of people and share your story!”

Duberstein, Arcuria and Presbitero-Facuri were joined by Weinberg Foundation Neighbor Island Manager Dennis Iwasaka, who selected Aloha House to receive this donation. Twice a year, every Weinberg Foundation staff member in Hawaii is able to choose a nonprofit that serves the state’s poor and needy to receive a $10,000 grant. The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States. Their sole purpose is to assist low-income and vulnerable individuals and families through nonprofit grants to direct-service providers.

Click here to read Michael’s heartfelt speech.