Transitional Housing Changes Lives for Hawai‘i Families

2015 Donor Newsletter V.1

Jean is the mother of two young children and a survivor of domestic abuse. In her time of need, she turned to the CFS Domestic Abuse Shelter and received the help and support she needed to get back on her feet. At the shelter, and later at CFS Transitional Housing, Jean regained her self-confidence and learned skills for independent living. Most importantly, her children felt safe for the first time.

Unfortunately, Jean’s story is not uncommon. CFS receives hundreds of program participants each year at our Domestic Abuse Shelters and Transitional Housing Programs, located on Hawai‘i Island and on O‘ahu. Together, these resources form a two-step program to help women and children escape from domestic violence and establish independent lives.

The Shelter offers a safe haven for up to ninety days, and provides supplies for basic needs, counseling, and services for children. The Transitional Housing Program then follows with subsidized housing. Those in transitional housing receive case management as well as job training assistance, and gain skills such as budget management. Families can participate in the program for up to two years, and receive six months of follow-up services.

Karen Tan, CFS Vice President of Programs, attests to the positive influence these services have in helping families achieve long-term change. “CFS provides the support that families need not only in times of crisis, but also in building lives free of abuse and neglect, support that offers strong examples for their children and establishes a strong foundation for future success,” she said. “The program allows residents time to heal, refocus, and ultimately put their lives back together.”

Tan also noted that of the families who have left the O‘ahu shelter, 84% did not return to abusive relationships. The remaining families returned to their abusers as the abusers sought treatment. These families have reported that they now feel safe. Tan stated, “The statistics are encouraging, but more services are needed, as funding cutbacks threaten vital domestic violence programs such as these”.

The Transitional Housing Programs:


O‘ahu: 808.841.0822
West Hawai‘i: 808.322.7233
East Hawai‘i: 808.959.8864
Hours: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year


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