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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808.447.2800
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Rating: 5 stars  

I feel very fortunate in how things have turned out in my life. I look around and see the homeless population in Hawaii grow every day. The Institute for Human Resources attacks this problem head one and with compassion. I've been to their shelters. I've seen how much they do with the little they have. It's not much, but I organize an event every five years or so to bring to light what we can do together to give back to the community. The latest event in 2010 was called "Towels and Toiletries". It is a hard economy for everyone, but my associates at work were able to collect over a dozen boxes of well needed items on IHS's wish list. Items we often take for granted. The event was fun, and it felt good giving. I chose the Institute for Human Resources as my charity of choice because their help to those in Hawaii that are not as fortunate as me is tangible. It is the one charity dedicated to helping homeless men, women, many children, and families, keep their hope alive.

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Seeing that an individual can make a difference in other peoples' lives through simple donations.

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I wish IHS was bigger, had more backing. The homeless situation in Hawaii is just to big for their organization's resources and size.

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For those unaware of the situation here in Hawai`i homelessness has grown to a problem of epic proportions.

The reason we donate to the Institute for Human Services here in Honolulu is that they are not a "warehouse" for the homeless. Rather, in addition to providing shelter they provide services that help their guests to get back on their feet and into permanent housing. The Institute also helps persons who are in danger of becoming homeless. Children receive school supplies and have a place in the center where they can do homework.

The center also has grows vegetables to serve to its guests, becoming a part of the green movement here in the Islands. The programs at IHS not only provide sustenance for their guests, they also provide a model for good citizenship.

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We have toured the facility.

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Additional privacy for guests when your funding permits.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Throughout my life, I have donated to various charities for no particular reason save for the fact that I had received some form of solicitation. A number of years ago, I began to pay attention to the plight of the homeless in Hawaii. The problem is readily apparent. In looking at the various entities that addressed the issues and problems of the homeless, I found that the name of the Institute for Human Services came up repeatedly. I looked into its history, its background, and its operations. Needless to say I was very impressed. From that point forward, I became a regular donor. As a recent retiree, I began to take a closs look at my needs and what I could spare. As a result, I have increased my donations to the IHS because I trully believe in what they are doing and their mission. As time goes on, I suspect that I will increase my contributions further.

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I have had no direct personal experience with this organixation.

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I would not make any changes to this organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

IHS does a great job in helping our community's homeless. We really appreciate the hard working, compassionate staff who are willing to care for those who most need a helping hand.

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Compassionate community response to homeless.

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