Ihs, The Institute For Human Services, Inc

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 546 Kaaahi St Honolulu HI 96817 USA

Mission: IHS, The Institute for Human Services, Inc., is a comprehensive social services agency working to prevent and end homelessness in Hawaii. We are a 501(C)3 – a private, non-profit organization, that is solution oriented and positive outcome-driven. Our mission is to provide “respite for those who are unsheltered and solutions that transform the lives of homeless and at-risk people.” Our vision is ”a community where everyone has a right to, and responsibility for safe, decent, and affordable housing.”
Results: In FY2012, we served over 5,000 people in at least one or more programs, helped prevent homelessness for 401 households (1,232 individuals) and assisted 516 households move from homelessness into stable housing (779 individuals).
Programs: While IHS is known for providing emergency shelter and food to the homeless and those most in need, we do far more through our array of eight services: Emergency Shelter and Services, Case Management, Community Food Programs, Children’s Enrichment Services, Outreach, Housing Placement Services, Pre-vocational and Employment Services, Health Services
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

IHS is doing an outstanding job helping the those in need and encouraging others to help. They are very oraganized, passionate, yet humble about their work.

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I was feeling overwhelmed and helpless because of all the injustices and problems in the world. Volunteering with IHS is helping me to make a positive and meaningful difference in the world.

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If I had lots of money, I would remodel the kitchen to make it more user-friendly and open up the diningroom so that more people can come sit and eat.

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Rating: 5 stars  

IHS is a wonderful organization and a major player in the fight to end homelessness in Hawaii. They offer so many services to their guests, and serves as an example for other organizations all over the country in its willingness to pursue innovative programs to meet the needs of the homeless. IHS' urban farming initiative is especially commendable, as well as the willingness of the staff to work with other organizations all over Hawaii.

Not only does IHS help its guests with temporary housing and assistance, it also offers the local community a change to engage with the people affected by homelessness. This is so important because it allows everyone to become involved in solving a issue that can be prevented through community effort.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching families, friends, and various organizations gather resources to help other local families in need. I met and talked with a family who used IHS programs to get themselves out of the shelter and into a home.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

volunteer here all the time. Unfortunately, I am no longer in Hawaii, but I wholeheartedly support IHS' efforts from afar.

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Rating: 5 stars  

IHS is doing a wonderful service for those in need. I am glad to be part of such a wonderful organization. I see what little resources they have to work with, but they make sure all guests are cared for.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Organizing donations and food preparation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hope for more donations!

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Rating: 5 stars  

IHS is a spectacular homeless shelter. Not only does it provide shelter for the homeless, it offers a variety of beneficial programs for the homeless children including Teen Group, Homework Club, and Head Start (a program geared towards toddlers). These programs really assist the kids at the shelter, as it relieves them of stress from school as well as family. At programs such as Homework Club, they interact with their fellow peers happily and learn respect, responsibility, and discipline, all the while having fun. For example, they are expected to complete as much homework as they can during the two hour time frame. If they do not have homework, they are allowed to do various other activities, such as playing a board game. As a current tutor at Homework Club, I personally witness the progression of these wonderful kids on a weekly basis.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing the children's advancements in responsibility and respect for one another. They learn to work together while carrying out fun projects i.e. painting coconut shells for the garden, picking up trash as part of being "litter detectives."

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money and space for additional programs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

In my role as the adviser for a high school club that does community service projects, I have participated (along with the students) in several volunteer workdays at IHS over the past 5-6 years: sorting donated clothes & household items, cleaning, and serving meals. As the primary homeless shelter in urban Honolulu, IHS provides a critical service to the city's homeless population. As well as providing bed space in their two shelters (one for men & one for women/families), they provide case management and various types of services to help people get back on their feet. I love their recent initiative of growing vegetables & fruit trees in all the available bits of land around the edge of the shelter!

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When our State was in economic trouble and we were furloughed two days a month, I wanted to make the new time I had available count. At IHS they were receptive to me volunteering in the Family Room as a tutor, but they were also very thorough in checking my background and providing appropriate training before allowing me time with the guests. I did get assigned to tutoring kids after school but the surprise was how I ended up doing as much or more learning then the kids I was tutoring. The compassion and professionalism of the staff at IHS is outstanding. Each day Miss Angela teaches respect by example and breeds confidence and success in the projects she plans for each child. Her rules create discipline and allow everyone to have fun in the space. It's easy to see how this program has such a positive effect on its guests.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the children respond to projects and listen to their pride in the work they have accomplished when I was not there, for example the growth of the garden.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money and more space.

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I did voluntary works at "cocoa corner" and " a project of counting homeless" in 2010 and 2011. I saw "a sense of family" in the relationship between homeless and IHS's staff. "The bond" portrays how great they are in serving and treating homeless......

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

widening my view and improving my personality in working with homeless.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Develop their facilities to give better services and develop their garden in order to provide healthier food for homeless...

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