Family Centers offer its participants stigma-free services. Family Centers are community based and community driven. Centers work with individuals and families to build strong ties to their neighborhood schools and the larger community. Although each of the Family Centers are located in very different communities and have different foci, both sites offer the following:
- Information & referral
- Family support services
- Parenting support
- Volunteer opportunities
- Community building
- Workshops that promote drug free living
- Family, school and community collaboration
WHAT SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AT THE KUHIO PARK TERRACE (KPT) FAMILY CENTER?
KPT Family Center provides a wide array of services to individuals and Families living in Kalihi and surrounding areas. Community members are assisted with basic needs such as food, clothes, household goods, and school supplies. The Family Center also provides support by linking individuals to needed resources.
Parents and caregivers are supported through family strengthening services. This support is provided through both individual parenting sessions and classes for parents. Parents and caregivers set their own family goals, and staff work with them to achieve their individual goals.
The Sundays Project is a collaboration with the Department of Education and provides culture driven learning opportunities for families from The Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Island, Palau, and others who are new to Hawaii. The overall goal is to reduce the current high rates of absenteeism in the public schools. The Sundays Project has demonstrated significant success with engaging parents and in reducing rates of absenteeism.
The Community Technology Centers (CTC) are a great place to learn about computers and technology. A variety of computer classes are offered at the CTC ranging from classes for those with no prior computer skills to those who just want to hone their skills. Individuals wishing to improve their English language skills are able to take computer based English classes at the CTC. By the end of the classes, students have gained confidence in their ability to implement newfound skills. Many students become employed and get better jobs with their new talents. Open lab at the CTC allows community members to have access to computers and printers to work on homework, check their email, practice their computer skills, or stay connected with family.
The Family Center provide newly arrived immigrants a community touchstone in which they can get guidance, support and assistance regarding passports, green cards, legal assistance, to name a few. In-house language capacity includes Chuukese, Marshallese, Palauan, Samoan and English.
Kalihi Connection is a drug prevention coalition. Its mission is as follows: To prevent underage drinking and substance abuse amongst our youth, we will organize, mobilize and leverage the diverse resources in our community, including residents, businesses, agencies and organizations, to fully understand our community’s challenges and make the necessary changes to policies, systems, and environments that can lead us to a safe, healthy, and drug-free Kalihi.
WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AT KCFC?
Community Works in 96744 is a youth development, drug prevention coalition. The coalition promotes healthy living through community capacity building activities and by implementing the community-wide 5Rs 96744 campaign, encouraging Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Relationships and Resiliency values. This community coalition hosts “Community Works in 96744”.
Who are the Family Centers for?
All families living in Kalihi and surrounding neighborhoods are welcome to participate at the Kuhio Park Terrace Family Center (KPT). All families living in the 96744 zip code are welcome to participate at the Kaneohe Community Family Center (KCFC).
Is there a fee?
The Family Centers provide all services free of charge.
Kuhio Park Terrace Family Center:
1485 Linapuni Street, Suite 103
Honolulu, HI 96819
Kaneohe Community Family Center:
45-233 Kulauli street in Kaneohe, on the grounds of Puohala Elementary School
The Family Centers operate on a year round basis and can be reached Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Classes, Workshops and Activities are scheduled for some evenings and weekends.
The Family Centers are funded by The U.S. Department of Health, The Hawaii State Department of Human Services, The Hawaii State Office of Community Services.