The HUGS mission is to improve the quality of life for families as they face the emotional and financial hardships of caring for a seriously ill child.
Founded in 1982, HUGS was the concept of a small group of volunteers who recognized the many challenges and stressors that families with seriously ill children face. They dedicated themselves to establishing an agency that would provide support, compassion and aloha to keep these families together. Initially called the “Center,” it was later named the Young People’s Support Center before becoming known as HUGS (Help, Understanding, & Group Support) in 1989. Since its inception, HUGS has continued to grow in family numbers and services backed by a firm commitment that no family who qualifies will ever be turned away. HUGS is an entirely community supported agency through the Aloha United Way, fundraisers, grant, and generous donations throughout the years.
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