Employment Services

We believe that every person thrives when they accept self-responsibility and works toward long-term self-sufficiency. Clients looking to establish career goals or access to job-resources may work with IHS’ Hele2Work program, which offers core employment services such as job search and placement, resume building workshops, interviewing skills, budgeting courses, access to ESL programs, dressing for success, and job skills development. Homeless clients actively seeking employment often become hired quickly, which also qualifies them for housing subsidy programs that can end their homelessness quicker and increases their housing retention long-term. 

Urban Agriculture Program

Our Urban Agriculture program reintroduces homeless clients to necessary job basics, such as problem solving, time management, following through on tasks, and team work. Urban Agricultural Specialist work with clients to learn aquaponics and hydroponics, how to grow food, and harvests on average 100 pounds of produce per month, and approximately 50 pounds of tilapia every other month - all of which are either used for our kitchen meals, or sold to a vendor in Honolulu where revenue rewards clients to continue job-basic training. 

Mobile Employment Center

In 2016, expanded our employment program to offer support services to unsheltered and at-risk homeless individuals throughout Oahu via our Mobile Employment Center. Services include resume building, mock-interview training, budgeting and job-retention courses, free bus basses for interviews and transportation to work, access to free cell phones, haircuts, and toiletries. 

Cleaning Services Training Program

IHS Hele2Work Cleaning Services Training Program help develop skills that lead to full time employment in Hawaii's cleaning industry. Clients and staff assist landlords and homeowners with deep cleaning services, including flooring (including carpet, vinyl, marble, tavern-tine, hardwood and linoleum), kitchens, restrooms, and appliances (including ceiling fans, ventilation systems). IHS offers seniors, military, handicap and property managers a 10% discount on services. 100% of the revenue supports IHS' employment support program to assist clients with job placement in the cleaning services industry.  

Employer Partnerships

Employers wanting to make available job openings and hiring opportunities for our clients are encouraged to partner with IHS. Our Hele-to-Work program will look for the right person among those we serve to meet your need. With client’s permission, we provide support throughout the hiring process and assist with background checks, obtaining driver abstracts, and completing drug testing. If needed, our program will also provide ongoing support for up to 3-months after employment to ensure a smooth transition into stable employment. Partnering with IHS’ Hele2Work services helps employers reduce hiring costs and minimizes recidivism.

Employment Service Provider Partnerships

Partner agencies needing additional support are also able to benefit from IHS’ services. We assist with core employment and supplemental services that may include haircuts, bus passes, cell phones, clothing, toiletries, and access to housing support services.

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