KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Taylor Preza
Over 350 runners and walkers participated in the Family Promise 5K Fun Walk/Run in Kailua on Saturday to help end family homelessness on the islands.
Hosted by the Family Promise of Hawaii, the purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the rise in homelessness among Hawaii families.
The 5K Fun Run course started and finished at Kailua Intermediate School. At 7:00 a.m. the walk started and continued north on North Kainalu Drive towards Kainui Drive and back. A raffle also followed the race of donated prizes, including airline tickets to the neighbor islands, a family photo shoot session, and more from local sponsors of the race.
The nonprofit opened its first Windward Family Center in Kailua in 2006, and subsequently opened its second family center in 2007 at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Kukui Children's Center.
The organization is an innovative program that helps families with children escape homelessness by providing shelter, meals, employment assistance and case management. Since its founding in 2006, Family Promise of Hawaii has helped more than 1,400 parents and children transition into housing and achieve independence.
Through the services of Family Promise of Hawai'i, more than 80 percent of participants transition from homelessness to housing usually in three to four months.
For more information about Family Promise of Hawai'i and its programs, visit its website at www.familypromisehawaii.org