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Bank of Hawaii Donates House to Sanctuary, Inc.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

HAGATNA, GUAM – Bank of Hawaii today donated a three-bedroom, 1.5-bath home on approximately half an acre of land to Sanctuary, Incorporated.  The property can only be used for the philanthropic and charitable purposes that Sanctuary, Incorporated was organized for.

“Bank of Hawaii has always been committed to supporting the communities where we operate. We are extremely pleased with this opportunity to support such a worthy organization as Sanctuary, and hope that this gift will assist them in expanding their much needed services to our communities and the people of Guam,” says Ron Cannoles, executive vice president and Pacific Islands Division manager for Bank of Hawaii.

“It is because of generous contributions from community organizations such as Bank of Hawaii, that we are able to continue our mission of helping youth and their families deal with the complex issues facing them today from providing emergency shelter services, and operating a transitional living program for homeless youth, to operating Guam’s only residential treatment center for youth struggling with alcohol and substance abuse. This gift from Bank of Hawaii will ensure that we continue to provide opportunities for our youth to succeed, and I am honored to accept this on their behalf,” says Mildred Q. Lujan, Interim Executive Director for Sanctuary, Incorporated.

Sanctuary, Incorporated was founded in November 1971 by Father Robert Phelps whose mission is “Helping Youth and Families Help Themselves.”  Sanctuary, Incorporated is a community-based organization which exists to improve the quality of life for Guam’s youth; to promote reconciliation during times of conflicts; to foster the development of responsible community members and to advocate for their needs in an effort to preserve family unity and build a foundation for self-sufficiency by providing: 24-hour crisis intervention services; a temporary safe refuge during family conflicts and abuse; supportive counseling for youth and their families; life skills training and education; outreach and prevention programs.
Sanctuary currently operates three shelters for youth: (1) Co-Ed Emergency Shelter, temporary shelter for youth during times of family conflict, (2) Transitional Living Program for homeless youth 16 ½ to 21 yrs of age and focuses on life skills and independent living, (3) Sagan Na’ Homlo Para I Manhoben (A Place to Heal for the Youth), Guam’s only residential treatment center for youth struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.



Bank of Hawaii and Sanctuary representatives gather for the bank's donation of a three-bedroom house to Sanctuary. Seated, from left: Millie Lujan, Sanctuary interim executive director; Ron Cannoles, BOH executive vice president and Pacific Islands Division manager; and Christine Quichocho, Sanctuary chairwoman of the board. Standing, from left: Mike Franquez, Sanctuary operations manager, Sanctuary Inc.; Crystal Flores, Sanctuary case manager; Kathy Dominguez, Sanctuary human resources manager; Angelica Mantanona, Sanctuary project coordinator; J Cummings, Sanctuary vice chairperson; Kelly Jensen, Sanctuary program manager; Robert Epstein, Sanctuary fiscal officer; Rita Jugo, Sanctuary board member and BOH vice president and commercial credit manager; O.J. Taitano, Sanctuary acting project administrator; George Salas, Sanctuary program director; Rob Weinberg, Sanctuary board member; Nacia Atalig, BOH vice president and business banking officer; and Vince Camacho, Sanctuary board member.