You may remember we had our annual BBQ chicken sale fundraiser on Sunday, 23 April, and subsequently 300 BBQ whole chickens (valued at $3,600),
which were bought by the chapterís members and donated to the Institute for Human Services (IHS), as reported in the June newsletter, were delivered to them on
Mothers Day. And, as you know, the IHS provides shelter and food to the many, many homeless in Honolulu.
The Executive Director of IHS, Connie Mitchell, was very appreciative, so much so that she will be our guest speaker at our luncheon at the Oahu
Veteransí Center on Thursday, 13 July. She will briefly discuss the burgeoning homeless situation in Honolulu and her hopes and dreams for a resolution in the future.
Connie Mitchell was honored on 14 June at the 40th annual YWCA Oahu Leadership Luncheon, joining a class of 175 honorees over the years serving as
role models for the next generation of women leaders.
Prior to joining IHS, Connie established a nurse-run rural clinic on Hawaii Island and was director of nursing at Hawaii State Hospital. During the
last decade at IHS, Connie has developed a management team that has transformed the agency; creating a consortium of homeless services that both prevent homelessness
and transform the lives of those who are currently homeless. She has fully integrated agency programs and services for greater effectiveness, added five new programs
over 5 years, and established IHS as a clear leader for homeless services in Hawaii.
During her tenure, the organization went from serving 1,400 people to over 5,000, and has diversified its funding streams to include a $1.5M grant
from the US Dept. of Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, which cross-trains staff to triage the complex needs of chronically homeless
persons. Under Connie's leadership, IHS has collaborated with over 20 local academic programs and non-profit human service agencies. Connie engages with numerous
corporate partners and a range of faith communities in the mission of providing respite to those unsheltered.
Click Here for the luncheon details and Reservation Form