Picture above: On March 3, 2011, Shelley Thompson, Vice Chair and Chief Fiduciary Officer of Bank of Hawaii (left) presents a check to Howard Garval, President and CEO of Child & Family Service.
Picture above: Members of Girl Scout Daisy Troop 155 and Howard Garval, President and CEO of Child & Family Service (right) pose with the gift boxes.
"The generous gift from Kiewit Building Group will help us to provide a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and their children as they rebuild their lives for a better tomorrow," said Howard Garval, President and CEO of Child & Family Service.
"We are delighted to provide Child & Family Service with this donation in recognition of the hard work and dedication of Howard and his team."
Commenting on the gift, Howard Garval, President and CEO of Child & Family Service stated, "The school supplies are an essential tool to succeed in school and we appreciate ING DIRECT's efforts to work with us to improve the lives of the children we serve to fulfill our mission of strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children."
said Howard S. Garval, President and CEO of Child & Family Service, parent company of WorkLife Hawaii.
"Their story is important because it echoes the issues that many families are struggling with in our community," agency president and CEO Howard S. Garval said via e-mail.
"Within the many cultural traditions of families on our Islands is a desire to help our elders live at home and as independently as possible."
But this value is often in conflict with the pressures of life today, Garval
It believed a home and all that the word encompasses could transform lives, said Howard Garval, Child and Family Service president and chief executive officer.
"The best news of the merger is that the once-jeopardized West Hawaii Domestic Abuse Shelter operated by TPFF will have the support it needs to continue," said Howard Garval, CEO of Child & Family Service, which operates a similar shelter in East Hawaii.
For 17 months Turning Point has operated as a subsidiary of CFS as the organizations evaluated the relative advantages of merging or returning to separate operations.
The name "Turning Point for Families
" will be retained.
"There are strong, unique values associated with its name," Garval
HOWARD S. GARVAL
New CFS Hawaii President Howard Garval agreed.
He recently moved from Connecticut, where he was the CEO of the Village, a child welfare operation focusing on prevention and treatment.
been on the job here a short time -- only since April 17 -- but his
professional life has revolved for 31 years around helping children.
goals include building a strong leadership team from within the organization and attracting more private revenue, he
explained while eating fried rice at Kakaako Kitchen with a few of his
Big Island clients.
The government currently supplies more than 80 percent of CFS's
$33 million annual budget.
This pays 800 staff members and funds 40 programs on all islands to strengthen families, serve seniors and ensure the well-being of children.
After posing for a group portrait with the kids, Garval
said allowing them to see that "there's a bigger world than their island is an incredible, powerful thing to do."
Commentary By Howard S. Garval
Howard S. Garval is president and chief executive officer for Child and Family Service.
Howard Garval, the new president and CEO of Child and Family Service, is no stranger to diversity or working with children.
Aside from his 31 years of service in the social work field, he also taught Spanish at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, N.J., a place that, like Hawai'i, has racial and economic diversity.
, who took over the nonprofit social service organization eight weeks ago, said begin a teacher taught him that young people often have serious problems in their everyday lives.
He was inspired to do more for them than just teach a foreign language, and he decided to get his master's degree in social work.
"I saw a number of kids who had so many problems," Garval
Garval took over for Geri Marullo, who resigned as CEO at the end of last year after eight years with the organization.
Since arriving, Garval
has mapped out immediate goals that include filling vacant positions, diversifying the organization's revenues and developing a new strategic plan.
wants to increase the organization's private funding so that it does not heavily rely on government funds.
Also, "I'd love to see us build an endownment because we don't have one," he
was attracted to the organization because it reaches statewide with a larger budget and it has more gerontology programs than his
Hawai'i's diversity also appealed to him.
"I'm comfortable in settings that are dvierse," he
"I'm looking forward tolearning about the various cultures."
In the next three to five years, Garval hopes to open an inter-generational learning center, which was also a vision of his
It would be a place where grandparents and retirees could mentor and teach younger generations.
said the organization is looking for volunteers.
strongly encourages students interested in social work and retirees to take part, get involved and make a difference.
daughters, it's important "to give back to people who haven't had as good a life situation as you."
This second phase will depend on the success of the capital campaign, and on the leadership of the new chief executive officer Howard Garval, who started on April 17.
Howard S. Garval
was named CFS
president and chief executive officer by its board.
and Family Service is the state's largest nonprofit human service agency, serving more than 40,000 individuals and families.
With a $34 million annual budget and 800 employees, the agency offers 44 programs for the needy on four islands.
Garval has spent 31 years in the human services field, most recently as president and CEO of The Village for Families and Children, Inc.
The West Hartford, Conn.-based agency serves more than 5,000 children and families annually.
Before that, Garval was a district director for Family Service of Greater Boston.
Garval holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan.
Lori Lum, CFS board chairwoman, said board members chose Garval after a national search because they were impressed with his experience and commitment to families.
and Family Service's mission of "strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children."