KAIMUKI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After Mai Hall had her second child, she sank into postpartum depression. She said Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii helped her deal with it through group support sessions.
"That I feel was the normalizing point for me," she said. "There was no stigma attached."
Lisa Kimura is the coalition's executive director. She's trying to find a new location in a hurry. The Salvation Army needs back the space in Kaimuki it rents to the non-profit. Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies has to move by the end of February.
"Our services are really invaluable to women in the community and their families. Without the space to operate we just can't serve as many people," Kimura said.
Without an office, the organization would be relegated to doing all of its counseling work through the computer and over the telephone. Kimura said that's an undesirable proposition.
"When it comes down to providing direct services to people, there's really no substitute," she said.
The non-profit's present 500-square-foot space is enough for two offices, a storage room for brochures and supplies, and a meeting area for group classes. Kimura said she'd like to find a similar space, preferably with some parking. The present rent is about $700 a month.
"Keeping the rent as low as we can is so important to us because whatever money we're paying additionally in rent is going to be money taken from another program or resource that we offer," Kimura said.
Last year the organization helped approximately 20,000 families in Hawaii. Hall doesn't know where she would be without the support she received.
"Every step you take in early childhood and care and pre-natal care is just going to help," she said.
Now Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies needs help.
"It would really help us a lot to have a space that's not only comparable to what we have but is going to enable us to keep growing," Kimura said.
If you have affordable space to rent that you think would meet its needs call Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies at 737-5805.