We work with primarily with foster and at-promise youth on Hawai’i Island, mostly North & South Kona, from ages 8 and up who are experiencing trauma within the home. Often these at-promise youth are those within the foster care system and/or aging out of the system. Too often, however, youth that pass through the foster care system fail to find permanent homes, transitioning from one living situation to another and often finding themselves experiencing chronic homelessness. As there are few programs that provide the array of services and programming, with a large population of Native Hawaiian foster youth and those aging out of the foster care system, our programs are critical to West Hawaiʻi and Hawaiʻi Island at large.
We work daily with children placed in foster care who have been removed from their homes and separated from their families. As a result, unique needs particular to this experience include difficulties feeling safe and trusting others. Disruptive family conditions, such as abuse or financial issues, are some of the reasons that young people leave or are forced out of their homes. Our proposed program ensures that our most undervalued children and youth, those experiencing foster care in West Hawaiʻi, are provided an opportunity to live successful, thriving lives through life enhancing programs that we offer at Humanity Hale.