On March 1, 2019, Maui Youth & Family Services (MYFS) broke ground on its new Coordinated Programs Facility in Makawao. MYFS empowers youth and families challenged with behavioral health issues to become responsible, self-fulfilled and contributing members of the community.
Construction is expected to take approximately 12 months to complete. The new facility will serve as a central hub for training, meetings, supply distribution and management of programs run by MYFS and its nonprofit partner agencies Aloha House and Malama Family Recovery Center.
The three agencies work together to provide behavioral health and other related services to more than 5,000 people in Maui County each year.
Kūpuna Kimokeo Kapahulehua and Hawaiian cultural practitioner Vene Chun blessed the new building at the ground breaking ceremony, which was attended by MYFS and partner agency staff and Board Members, funder Central Pacific Bank as well as representatives from the Maui County Council, Maui County Department of Housing and Human Concerns and the offices of Hawaii Governor David Ige and Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino. Senior staff from Banks Pacific Construction, Inc., which is building the new facility, also joined the celebration.
Grants from Maui County, the State of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank Foundation and the Atherton Family Foundation are being expended to begin mass grading and infrastructure construction on the new site.
Fundraising efforts are underway to raise the additional $1.3 million needed to complete funding for the project.