For Immediate Release:
Press Release by:
Thomas Cook, Councilmember
Maui County Council
Councilmember Cook applauds donation to support ʻOhana Hope Village, providing shelter for displaced residents
KAHULUI, Hawaii (Feb. 2, 2024)—Family Life Center received a $50,000 donation Sunday at King’s Cathedral and Chapels alongside Maui County Councilmember Thomas Cook, Council Presiding Officer Pro Tempore Tasha Kama and Mayor Richard T. Bissen, Jr. for wildfire-relief efforts, Cook announced today.
Cook said the funds were provided by South Korea’s Yoido Full Gospel Church and will support the Family Life Center’s ʻOhana Hope Village, an 88-unit emergency-housing project. Located at the corner of Kuihelani and Maui Veterans highways on land owned by King’s Cathedral and Chapels, ʻOhana Hope Village provides shelter for families displaced by the Maui wildfires.
“Supporting key projects such as ʻOhana Hope Village will be critical to meeting the immediate needs of our disaster response and can serve as a model for community resilience in the future,” said Cook, who chairs the Water and Infrastructure Committee. “My deepest mahalo to Yoido Full Gospel Church and King’s Cathedral for supporting the important work of our local nonprofits.”
In partnership with multiple organizations across the community, ʻOhana Hope Village provides temporary housing using high-quality materials and advanced safety features, Cook said. Units may include multiple living spaces, private bathrooms, kitchens and screened lanai—all sourced and assembled locally.
“Family Life Center is so honored to receive this generous donation from the Yoido Full Gospel Church for the continued development of our mid-term housing project, ʻOhana Hope Village,” said Dr. Ashley Kelly, chief operating officer of Family Life Center. “We truly believe that this is more than a housing project; this is how we can begin to heal as a community.”
Cook said ʻOhana Hope Village will host a community-service week Feb. 19-24. Opportunities to volunteer are available in the areas of cleaning, decorating, moving furniture, painting, building planter boxes and landscaping. For more information, contact Family Life Center at (808)877-0880.
Photo credit: King’s Cathedral and Chapels. L-R: Council Presiding Officer Pro Tempore Tasha Kama, Councilmember Thomas Cook, Dr. Young Hoon Lee (senior pastor, Yoido Full Gospel Church), Maude Cummings (executive director, Family Life Center), Dr. Ashley Kelly (chief operating officer, Family Life Center).
Photo credit: King’s Cathedral and Chapels. L-R: Councilmember Thomas Cook, Mayor Richard T. Bissen, Jr., Dr. Young Hoon Lee (senior pastor, Yoido Full Gospel Church), Maude Cummings (executive director, Family Life Center), Dr. Ashley Kelly (chief operating officer, Family Life Center).