San Diego charity visits 2 nonprofits

Aloha House Residential Treatment Program Director Tony Arcuria (from left), Care House youth Marcus Coney, Care House President Leah Blankenship, Care House youth Maria Baptiste and Aloha House Substance Abuse Counselor Nicodemus Baca are shown at the Aloha House campus with some of the care packages that were presented to clients.

Representatives from San Diego-based charity Care House visited with and presented care packages to clients at Maui nonprofits Aloha House and Malama Family Recovery Center the week of Aug. 7. Care House helps underprivileged, in particular homeless, youth in San Diego through mentoring, tutoring, scholarships and various outreach programs.

The visit was organized by Care House President Leah Blankenship, and she was joined by a program assistant as well as six teens and young adults who had been helped by the organization. None of the youths had ever been to Maui before, and all of them had been homeless at one point in their lives.

Aloha House and Malama work together to provide comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatment services to thousands of individuals and families in Maui County each year.

During both visits, Blankenship shared her personal story regarding the impact drugs and alcohol have made on her own family. “I wanted to remind clients that they can overcome the challenges they are facing and that they must never give up,” she said. “I want them to know that brokenness can lead to healing with a potential outcome that will be amazing. Care House will forever be connected with Aloha House and Malama as extended family because of these visits.”