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Family Support Services of West Hawaii receives HELCO grant


Family Support Services of West Hawaii (FSSWH) has received a $5,000 grant from the Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) to support its Na Makuakane Maikai O Hawaii — Great Fathers of Hawaii — Fatherhood Initiative.

The initiative’s counseling, educational and public awareness activities continue to highlight the importance of father involvement in the lives of children.

JoAnn Bishop Freed, executive director of Family Support Services, said, “The grant from Hawaii Electric Light Company through the HEI Charitable Foundation will help the initiative’s Father Facilitators assist our communities’ fathers through classes, parent-child interaction and support groups, as well as the annual Celebration of Fatherhood Conference.

“We’re very proud to be able to support such an important educational program and help make our Hawaii Island families stronger,” said Jay Ignacio, president of Hawaii Electric Light Company.

Family Support Services’ mission is “to support families and communities in providing love and care for our children.” The organization was established in 1979 by community volunteers who were concerned for the children traumatized by abuse and neglect in our community.

The agency has been in the forefront of providing free supportive services to families through its programs and Family Resource Centers in Waimea, Kailua-Kona, Hilo and Ka’u.

For more information on this grant or other services provided by Family Support Services of West Hawaii, call 326-7778.

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