Committed to supporting the care of foster children in Hawaii, HomeStreet Bank recently presented Family Programs Hawaii with a $10,000 donation to further the efforts of FPH’s mission of providing services to prevent children from entering foster care, supporting children and families already involved in the foster care system and assisting youth transitioning out of foster care.

Established in 2004, the local nonprofit agency is led by President and CEO, Paulette Bethel, PhD, with a committed board of 17 directors, chaired by Jeff Case. Family Programs Hawaii currently employs 60 staff in its two offices located in Honolulu and Hilo, and in its receiving home in Maili.

“Our transformation over the last decade is reflective of Family Programs Hawaii’s ability to navigate challenges, growth and the changing needs of our community as we move the agency toward greater and effective change,” said Bethel. “We want to acknowledge the support of HomeStreet Bank, who has contributed generously to the agency in a variety of ways over the years.”

“We feel immense pride to be in partnership with Family Programs Hawaii and to support the critical work they have done over the past decade to decrease the number of foster children in Hawaii through their family intervention program,” said Mona Choy-Beddow, first vice president and retail banking regional manager for HomeStreet Bank. “We wish them continued success in the coming years.” Choy-Beddow has been an active member of the Board of Directors for Family Programs Hawaii since 2010.