Schroder Family: Therapeutic Foster Family success story

Nā ‘Ohana Pūlama – The Schroder Family

“Being a foster parent makes my heart sing,” shares Natalia Schroder. “I feel that it is my calling in life.” Natalia and her family are a Catholic Charities Hawai‘i Therapeutic Foster Family in the Nā ‘Ohana Pūlama Program. She and her husband have been foster parents for about a year and half. With three children of their own, the Schroders …

Sandro’s Story – Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program

While stationed in Honduras, he met his wife, who was also in the military. They had a son; the marriage however, did not last. His now former wife was reassigned to Hawai‘i and he was sent to Germany. Sandro medically retired in 2011 and relocated to Hawai‘i to be near his son. He used all his savings to stay at …

Local veteran overcomes homelessness and works toward associate degree

Joseph, a local boy from Waianae, attended Leeward Community College for a year and decided that joining the Marines at 18 years of age was a better life path for himself than was attending school. He spent six years serving his country and was honorably discharged in 1994. Four years later, he met the love of his life, Leilani, and …

Beyond Foster Care

The Horizons Program offers transition services to young adults who leave foster care and need assistance to live on their own. The program has two parts: a residence for males where occupants can stay up to 24 months under supervision and guidance, and a community outreach component that serves both males and females. The goal of both is to help …