On Tuesday, September 11, the Locations Foundation visited the Hope Shelter in Kapolei to present Ka Paʻalana with much-needed donations of air mattresses, sheets, blankets, children’s shoes and socks, and assorted gift cards.
As part of their milestone “30 in 30 for 30” campaign, the Locations Foundation surprised 30 different community-based organizations in Hawaiʻi every day through the month of September. They selected Partners in Development Foundation’s Ka Paʻalana program as one of their donation recipients.
“30 in 30 for 30 is a fun, impactful way for the Locations Foundation to celebrate its 30th anniversary while spreading some extra kindness across the communities in which we, as realtors, live, play and work,” said Kristin Mukai, realtor and Locations Foundation president, in a press release.
From their history of working with our Ka Paʻalana program bringing supplies and smiles, it was a “no brainer” to select Ka Paʻalana as one of the organizations to donate to for the campaign, said Jodie Tamaye, realtor-associate and active volunteer with the Locations Foundation.
Items like air mattresses and children’s shoes may not seem like much, but to these families they make a world of difference. The Locations Foundations staff sees the difference this makes as well as the heart Ka Paʻalana staff puts into serving these families.
“This is how we produce change,” begins Kasey Galariada, Ka Paʻalanaʻs family education coordinator. “By building relationships with these families, we help them to create a better future for themselves and their keiki.”
Ka Paʻalana serves homeless and at-risk families on the Leeward Coast of Oʻahu by providing basic needs items as well as educational programming. The programming includes family-child interaction preschool, parent education, adult education, and home visiting. Ka Paʻalana also serves as an initial contact agency for families ready to transition to local shelters or temporary housing facilities.