IHS was founded as a volunteer-driven social movement of people helping people. In the 1970s, it was affectionately called the Peanut Butter Ministry in which volunteers made sandwiches and supported the work of Father Claude DuTeil’s mission to end homelessness on the streets of Honolulu. When it officially organized and became a nonprofit, it was named The Institute of Human Services. As an institute, it became a gathering place where students from a wide range of specialties including nursing, psychiatry, dentistry and social work could gain practical experience towards their professions and serve Oahu’s most vulnerable populations. Their work supplemented by church groups and civic organizations drove the success of the organization.
Today, more than 700 people contribute their time and services.
We welcome individuals, groups, companies, student service projects, church groups and more to join us in ending homelessness.