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Residential Programs

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“E malama pono i ka ‘āina; nana mai ke ola.  Take good care of the land; it grants you life.”

 

The Maui Farm’s ʻohana model of farm-based, family centered programs is values-based, educational, and utilizes an experiential approach. “Activity is our therapy” is an effective strategy for teaching healthy attitudes and skills through hands-on learning. Children, youth and families learn invaluable lessons in the cycles of life, cooperation, stewardship, respect for all living things, and the importance of self-discipline and taking on personal responsibility. The Maui Farm also teaches and practices hoʻoponopono as its communication and problem-solving process. The corrective, forgiving and empowering beliefs and values inherent in ho‘oponopono serve to promote the health of the ʻāina and its people.

Family Strengthening Program

The Family Strengthening Program is a farm-based residential program providing transitional housing and life skills training for families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness due to domestic violence and economic issues. With a focus on the whole family, the program provides opportunities for daily learning and application of healthy life skills and effective parenting strategies in a safe home environment, and strengthens families to remain intact and healthy.

 

Working in collaboration with partner agencies including Women Helping Women and other homeless services provider agencies, The Maui Farm’s services strengthen the continuum of care for struggling families. We provide a housing and family strengthening component after emergency shelter services have been maximized, and before families move on to long-term affordable housing in the community. The average duration of program participation is six to eighteen months. Shared housing is provided on-site at The Maui Farm, with monthly rental fees determined in compliance with federal HOME Program regulations.

The Maui Farm offers the opportunity to achieve outcomes related to parental resilience, developing healthy life skills, furthering education, achieving self-sufficiency, obtaining gainful employment, and transitioning to housing in the community, while ensuring appropriate care and education for their children. 

 

 

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Services

Our Family Strengthening Program empowers families to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed for healthy family functioning and self-sufficient living.  Services include:

  • Life skills training in healthy ‘ohana living, household management, and being a responsible tenant

  • “Akamai Parenting” training

  • “Malama ‘O Pono‘ī” self-empowerment classes

  • Farm-based experiential activities program

  • Career exploration

  • Support in advancing education

  • Support in securing employment

  • Coordinated service planning

  • Advocacy

  • Farm-based keiki program

How to Apply

Referrals are accepted primarily through Women Helping Women. Referrals from other community-based organizations may also be considered, subject to available space and at the discretion of The Maui Farm’s Residential Program Manager.

The referring agency is responsible for contacting The Maui Farm Program Assistant to initiate the referral, and for supporting the family in completing the program application

Eligibility Criteria

The Family Strengthening Program serves families residing in Maui County who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. The family is homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

  2. The family meets income guidelines for the federal HOME Program.

  3. The family agrees to participate in all program services.

  4. The family is able and willing to live in a drug- and alcohol-free neighborhood, and poses no threat to the safety and well being of other individuals and families who reside at The Maui Farm.

  5. The family legally owns a safe and reliable vehicle and can provide its own transportation.

  6. The program’s outcomes, services and activities are appropriate in providing for the family’s needs as they prepare for transition to community-based housing.

  7. The family has reviewed and agrees to follow the FSP Policies and Procedures and the Rental Agreement.

  8. The program has available space for the family in one of its homes

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Stipend Program

 

The Stipend Program is a job readiness and skills training opportunity for adult participants in The Maui Farm’s Family Strengthening Program, to better prepare them for re-entry into the workforce.   The Stipend Program provides on-the-job skills training, coaching and supervision, and support for the achievement of personal employment goals.  

 

Participants work an average of 12 hours per week for three to six months and earn an hourly stipend that helps to support their families while they implement plans to obtain gainful full-time employment.  

Supervised Training Experiences Are Offered For:

  • Personal safety in the workplace,

  • Good work ethics

  • Day-to-day farm maintenance routines

  • How to create and maintain a clean and safe work environment

  • Sustainable agronomic practices (mulching, composting, fertilizing, etc.)

  • Animal husbandry

  • Nursery work

  • Verbal and written feedback on job readiness skills

  • Efficiency, timeliness and time management

  • Attitude, communication, and initiative 

Stipend Program lays a foundation for individuals in our residential programs to seek and obtain gainful employment.  Successful participants may document their training and work experiences at The Maui Farm on their professional resume and will receive an employment reference.

Eligibility Criteria

Adult participants in the Family Strengthening Program who are unemployed or employed part-time at the time of admission are eligible to apply for the Stipend Program. 

 

The Stipend Program may also be offered to participants who experience a job loss or job reduction while living at The Maui Farm.