Applaud Innovative Homeless Job Training Center


Target: Connie Mitchell, Executive Director for the Institute of Human Services

Goal: Applaud the homeless job training program, Rooftop Training and Education Center

The Hawaii Institute of Human Services (IHS) has recently unveiled a new training program for the homeless population, the Rooftop Training and Education Center. This program is not like others; the center is on the rooftop of a Honolulu building, and is a garden.

This garden will be used to train the homeless and equip them with agricultural skills. The IHS’s mission is to end homelessness through solution-oriented and positive outcome-driven goals. Teaching the homeless a valuable skill will make them desirable to employers and help them sustain themselves outside of the shelter.

The classes will hold between ten to fifteen people, and the curriculum taught will be approximately one month in length. The rooftop garden training will cover basic skills agricultural workers require, as well as more progressive skills, like how to utilize hydroponic and aqua-ponic systems. After the course concludes, the IHS will offer job assistance to those who wish to continue in the industry. In addition to offering practical education and training, IHS staff hopes the course will offer emotional healing to those who go through the program. Another benefit is that all the food harvested, which includes fruits, vegetables, and fish, will go towards feeding the homeless within the shelter. The IHS provides services to over 4,000 people every year.

By implementing this program, the IHS has developed an innovative way to help those who are homeless find stable and meaningful employment. The agriculture industry needs skilled workers, and by specifically training individuals to work in this field, the IHS is not only working to prevent homelessness, but helping the agriculture industry as well. By signing the petition below, you will applaud the IHS for its efforts.


Dear Connie Mitchell,

The new Rooftop Training and Education Center is innovative and has far-reaching effects. The IHS does so much for the homeless population, and this program will further work to prevent homelessness. This program will help those who complete the course find stable and meaningful employment.

In addition to educating and training the homeless with useful skills, the program will allow the agriculture industry to hire employees who are specifically trained in the field. Furthermore, even if those who take the course decide this type of job is not for them, efforts were not wasted; the food produced goes toward feeding those staying at the shelter. We would like to commend the IHS on continuously looking for new ways to prevent homelessness and on the implementation of the Rooftop Training and Education Center.


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One Comment

  1. I have had a very similar idea for about a yr. now, but having no luck on getting it started in my town.. Could you tell me how you got the ball rolling.?? See, I am on the system & I want so badly to get off of it.. & b4 I got the apartment that I am now in, (which is Gov.paid) I to was homeless.. I would be so grateful if you could please point me in the right direction.. Thank you, Catherine Herr

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