Na Hoaloha is providing a valuable and needed service in the local communities it serves. The previous Board of Directors came on simultaneously at a time of crisis and immediately and directly started dealing with all the issues confronting the agency. They have done a splendid job as is obvious from the progression of the organization and the improvements achieved. The Board members are to be commended not only for their commitment and dedication, but also for their willingness to act.
As they have now passed the crisis-survival stage, the Board determined it was time to look to the future and develop both intermediate and long term plans and objectives. Accordingly, a Board retreat/strategic planning session was held. Issues were recognized, opportunities identified, ideas shared and options discussed.
Often, when working with non-profits, we are told that if only they had more money their problems would be solved. And as we often discover, there may be far greater issues that would still be in place or even exacerbated if they had more money. However, here this is clearly not the case. They are being good stewards of their resources, but are in a precarious position unless additional resources are attained.
It was a privilege to have had a part in the planning session for the Faith In Action program, and I would like thank the staff and the Board of Directors for their commitment to helping the people of this island, and especially for their kind and gracious welcome to me.
Faith-in-Action Strategic Planning Consultant