Stepping over the threshold from 2014 to 2015 has brought some exciting changes and a flurry of activity at IHS.
In late January 2015, IHS teamed up with volunteers, churches, and community partners to survey Oahu’s homeless population through the annual Point in Time Count. Our Volunteer Manager coordinated participants island-wide to help make the count a success. This was also IHS’s biggest effort ever with the PIT count as we coordinated counting in Urban Honolulu,Waikiki and the North Shore and Wahiawa.
Our agriculture pre-vocational training program performed a pivot toward a focus on Urban Agriculture techniques and doubling the size of rooftop our aquaponic growing system has produced our largest fish yet and baby fish galore! IHS’ Civic Engagement Program helped restore scenic stops along Tantalus, and recently launched City Housing First program guided individuals into stable housing from off of the streets. The Waikiki community has benefited from our Outreach Team’s expansion into the area. Our neighborhood is changing, too! The building that stood across the street from our Kaaahi Women and Families Shelter was torn down make way for the Rail.
With all these changes, IHS’ core mission remains the same. We still provide respite and provide solutions that transform lives of homeless individuals and families…with a LOT of your help. With the help of churches, community partners, and volunteers, we still open doors to brighter futures – every day.
If you would like to donate, take action and help host an In-Kind drive, or volunteer your time, you can do so easily by visiting our website. Contact your workplace HR department to find out how your employer could possibly match your gift and double the impact. Our Development Department can discuss options like stock donations or our Sustaining Donor program. Thanks for taking the time to check out the IHS Blog! Check back for updates, and make sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.