Non-profits hit hard by state budget cuts

Mary Scott-Lau
Mary Scott-Lau
Jed Gaines
Jed Gaines

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The governor is getting ready to release his budget but we already know 41 social service programs will lose state funding.  We take a closer look now at the organizations losing a total of $84 million in funding over the next two years.

Some of the programs on the state cut list are recognizable, others perhaps not, but they all say they need that state funding.

The programs losing funding include Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Girl Scouts of Hawaii and the Boys and Girls Club.  Also getting cut is Planned Parenthood, the Kokua Kalihi Valley Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and Parents and Children Together pregnancy prevention.  Domestic violence shelters weren't spared either.

"We can't stop. We're not going to stop our services. If we have to teach here at a park we will," said Mary Scott-Lau, Women in Need Founder and Executive Director.

Women in Need started in 1996 and helps 400 people a year helping women and kids escape from abusive relationships and works with recently released female inmates to get back on their feet.  But the program is losing the $300,000 it gets from the state.  That's a third of its funding which means 6 of the 14 employees will be laid off, but the organization's founder isn't giving up.

"What happens if our programs stop and it affects our clients then we have more poverty, more homeless, we have more domestic violence it's a catch 22 and we can't do it," said Scott-Lau.

Read Aloud America already announced its losing funding.  The $1.4 million it got from the state is 95 percent of its budget which is why it's going to need some major donations if it wants to stay active at 12 schools and continue to encourage families to turn off the electronics and read to each other.

"I'm not blaming anybody I don't look at it that way I just feel life changes things happen," said Jed Gaines, Read Aloud America President & Founder.

He's certainly not ready to close the book on his program which has reached a quarter million people and given away thousands of books.

"We're very confident the money is going to come here. A lot of people know about this program, a lot of people are stepping out and hopefully connecting with the new governor and that the new governor will not see this as a political thing. This is about the people of Hawaii. This is what we need for the future," said Gaines. "I'm very confident the money will come and if it doesn't we'll cut way, way back but we're not closing our doors, we're here to stay. We started this in 1995 and we hope to be here for many more years."

Below is the complete list of organizations the Department of Human Services will stop funding March 31.

» Department of Human Services Social Services Division, positive youth development and family strengthening, $6.2 million

» Department of Defense, About Face program, $3.5 million

» Department of Defense, teen pregnancy prevention, $1.9 million

» Partners in Development Foundation, Family Literacy Thru Tutu and Me, $1.4 million

» Read Aloud America, $1.4 million

» Department of Defense, Forward March program, $880,000

» Department of Human Services Social Services Division, domestic violence shelter services, $616,000

» State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, arts and cultural education to prevent out-of-wedlock pregnancies, $550,000

» Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, employment core services for low-income populations, $500,000

» Department of Human Services Social Services Division, family strengthening services, $440,000

» The Institute for Family Enrichment, parenting skills and resource management training, $440,000

» Partners in Development Foundation, family literacy program, Maui, $366,600

» Office of Youth Services, $352,000

» Women in Need, $300,000

» Parents and Children Together pregnancy prevention, $199,301

» Susannah Wesley Community Center, teen pregnancy prevention, $163,699

» Susannah Wesley Community Center, home-based parenting and family counseling, $132,000

» University of Hawaii, Maui dental services for temporary assistance for needy families, $132,000

» Big Brothers Big Sisters, $132,000

» Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development, $125,000

» Kokua Kalihi Valley, teen pregnancy prevention, $121,000

» Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island, $90,000

» Institute for Human Services, West Hawaii, $90,000

» Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, positive youth development (robotics), $88,000

» Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth Project, employment skills, $88,000

» State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, arts and cultural education to prevent out-of-wedlock pregnancies, $88,000

» Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, $75,000

» Girl Scouts of Hawaii, $75,000

» Girl Scouts of Hawaii (Kauai), $75,000

» Hale Opio Kauai, $75,000

» Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth (Key) Project, $75,000

» Parents and Children Together, $75,000

» Planned Parenthood, $75,000

» Institute for Human Services, Central Oahu, $75,000

» Hui Malama Learning Center, $73,000

» Maui Youth and Family Services, $73,000

» The Catalyst Group, evaluation of Ke Kama Pono Safe House, $73,000

» Maui Economic Concerns of the Community, $64,000

» Department of Education, teen pregnancy prevention program, $58,337

» Hawaii State Commission on Fatherhood, $44,000

» Department of Education, teen pregnancy prevention program, $19,448

Courtesy: Department of Human Services

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