The Maui News - The merger of Neighborhood Place of Wailuku and Child & Family Service came at a critical juncture for both agencies. Neighborhood Place, which was founded nine years ago in Happy Valley, had run into tough financial straits in recent years.
The nonprofit organization that offers family-building programs grounded in Hawaiian culture and values was reduced to two staffers and running one program.
In 2011, the founder of Neighborhood Place, Venus Rosete-Medeiros, approached the larger Child & Family Service about a merger.
Child & Family Service, which had an office at the corner of Alamaha Street and Wakea Avenue in Kahului, was having its own problems. The agency had lost a few contracts and was looking to move from its Maui location in the industrial area in Kahului.
They did not get walk-ins on Alamaha Street, where there were no residences in sight.
Neighborhood Place in the middle of Happy Valley, within walking distance of homes and families, fit that bill.
Neighborhood Place clients will notice the change with additional programs and 25 staffers in the office instead of just two.