Employment Services

We get people working 

Finding work is key to the financial stability required to afford housing in Hawaii, one of the nation’s most expensive places to live. At IHS, The Institute for Human Services, we help people who are homeless or on the verge of it to get workforce ready with these services: free business attire, resume writing, interview skills, ESL courses, transportation help, budgeting courses, and skill development. Job coaches also provide ongoing support for clients as they transition to a new job, which helps sustain employment.

To request employment services, complete this online form.

For more information, contact employment services

Vocational Training 

People get hands-on experience with the Taking Root Urban Agriculture Program in which IHS clients learn aquaponic and hydroponic farming. The produce is sold at local groceries including Down to Earth and Kokua Market. Classes are held a few times a week for people who are homeless are at risk.

New Leaf Cleaning & Landscaping trains and employs those who are homeless and seeking work in janitorial services and housekeeping. 

Employer Partnerships 

Employers with job openings are encouraged to become part of our network. Our team matches clients with the right employers and assists with background checks, screenings and successful transitions to secure and stay employed. 

Hele2Work Workshops 


Free weekly workshops will resume when it is deemed safe for gatherings. Attendees gain the following: improve resume writing, master interviews, learn about job openings and free personal coaching.

Every Wednesday | 9 am to 2 pm | 808.447.2844 Held at American Job Center (1st Floor) at 1505 Dillingham Boulevard

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