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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Founded in 1974 as an intentional community, kahumana's mission is to co-create a healthy, inclusive and productive community with homeless families, people with disabilities and youth. It achieves this mission by integrating mutually supportive social services, housing and vocational training. Our social programs include: 1) transitional housing program in 128 units that serves over 1000 homeless individuals per year, including 556 children and 456 adults; 2) residential and day program for adults with developmental disabilities and autism; 3) infant / child / youth / teen programs through our day care, pre-school, kindergarten, after school tutoring and intersession camps; 4) farm. Culinary and hospitality vocational training on our organic farm, cafe, commercial kitchen and retreat center; 5) educational programs in farming, social work and holistic health through our tours, farm stays, camps and retreats.

Programs: Ohana ola o kahumana transitional housing program for homeless families with children provides temporary shelter, education and job training, and health and human services. The program has a total of 48 one, two, and three bedroom housing units. In fy 2014, we served approximately 61 families that included 164 children and 123 adults.

ulu ke kukui transitional housing program for homeless families with children provides temporary shelter, education and job training. Ulu ke kukui has 40 studio and 40 two bedroom units. Two units may be combined to create a three bedroom unit as well. In fy 2014, we served approximately 135 families that included 329 children and 252 adults.

kahumana community center is a community-based employment and training center for low income individuals and residents of our transitional housing programs. This is a new and emerging program. Kahumana community center offers training in organic farming, food services, office and clerical support services, custodial and maintenance services, and hospitality services. Kahumana community center also provides limited long term housing for persons with disabilities. Kahumana community center provided training positions for 12 individuals. Kahumana also provided educational program and retreats for public, charter and private schools. We have hosted over 15 schools, learning programs and retreats in fy 2014.

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