Moniz takes over helm at The Maui Farm

Nonprofit provides transitional housing

Moniz

The Maui News – Stacey Moniz is the new executive director at The Maui Farm, which provides transitional housing for homeless families, primarily survivors of domestic violence.

Moniz, the former longtime head of Women Helping Women, most recently headed the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence on Oahu since spring of 2017. She spent 20 years at Women Helping Women on Maui.

Moniz said she left the coalition in February and built up her consulting businesses for nonprofits. She came back to Maui in May.

Moniz said she’s a “Maui girl,” and Honolulu “was really not all that I hoped it would be.” While she enjoyed her work at the coalition, she longed to come back to Maui.

Then, the executive director position at The Maui Farm opened up when founding Executive Director Paula Ambre retired. Moniz has been at the helm at The Maui Farm since August.

“I feel honored to continue the work done by Paula,” said Moniz. “She has created and maintained a program that literally transforms lives. Women Helping Women and The Maui Farm have shared a rich, collaborative partnership over the years with many families moving from crisis to safety to self-sufficiency. This move feels like a perfect transition for me, too.”

In 2016, Moniz ran unsuccessfully for the Maui County Council’s Upcountry residency seat. The Maui Farm board Chairman Mark Vaught said: “Stacey brings many years of experience in nonprofit management to the Farm, and we appreciate her understanding of our mission and her commitment to supporting families in achieving their goals.”

Founded in 1985, The Maui Farm Inc. is a community-based nonprofit organization providing transitional housing and farm-based, family-centered programs that teach essential life skills for self-sufficient living. The organization provides family strengthening using farm-based, culturally based and place-based programming.

Moniz encourages the community to visit the farm, participate in the community garden and monthly workdays and see the beauty of the Upcountry farm.

“Parents and grandparents can bring the keiki and experience the magic of planting and watching their vegetables grow; the serenity of pulling weeds with the warm sun on your shoulders or harvesting and eating what you’ve grown,” she said. For more information, visit www.themauifarm.org.

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