Buddhist women recognize recovery center

Malama graduate/program assistant Lisa Swoveland (from left) is shown with Maui United Buddhist Women’s Association members Charlotte Wilkinson, Sharon Nohara and Jeanne Nagao at the association’s 2018 Fall Assembly at the Kahului Hongwanji Mission.

The Maui United Buddhist Women’s Association selected local nonprofit Malama Family Recovery Center for its annual Dana Award and donated $500 to the organization as part of the award.

Each year MUBWA chooses a community organization whose work embodies the act of selfless giving for its Dana Award.

Malama provides holistic substance abuse treatment to women and children so families can live safe, independent and healthy lives. It is Maui’s only women-specific addiction treatment center and the only place on the island where babies and young children can stay with their mothers in treatment.

In addition to the monetary gift, MUBWA has been collecting and distributing high-need items to Malama such as twin sheets, towels, toiletries and infant-related supplies.

MUBWA includes members of the Buddhist Women’s Association from the five Hongwanji temples in Maui County, located in Lahaina, Lanai, Kahului, Makawao and Wailuku.