Serving the Honolulu Houseless
An opportunity for volunteers to share with houseless folks in Honolulu through twice a month (2nd and last Saturdays leaving HJSDA Church at 2 pm) get togethers that includes food, showers, free clothes and group singing, and special food sharing events at Thanksgiving and other occasions.
Denis Mee-Lee, MD, MS, CPI
Chair, Hale Kōkua O Mānoa
Practicing psychiatrist and consultant; former chief, Hawai‘i Mental Health Division, and Chief, Medical Staff, Castle Medical Center; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Hawai‘i; Distinguished Life Fellow American Psychiatric Association. Directed homeless ministries for over twenty years. Raised family of three children in Mānoa; daughter Lavonda, a geriatrician, lives with husband and son in Mānoa.
Frequently asked questions (FAQS)
A: Singspiration and all services to houseless individuals in Honolulu are sharing times for support and mingling, and may include donated clothes, showers and toilet use, inspirational singing together, and good vegetarian food.
A: This is informal group singing and sharing without a leader but volunteer musicians and singers.
A: Any healthy individual, aged 18 and up, may volunteer to help in any aspect of this service experience. Each has to initially sign a Volunteer Agreement that explains the key functions and a waiver of liability.
A: We often go where houseless folks gather or we may meet at the VALDEN facility, 928 Nuuanu Avenue, Lower Level, usually at 3 pm on the 2nd and last Saturdays of the month. Volunteers may gather at the HKOM parking lot and leave at 2 pm on the designated Saturdays.
A: We serve any number from 10 to 100 houseless folks, depending on location and occasion.
Q: Are the homeless people screened or part of any application process before they are accepted into the program?
A: No, all are welcome unless clearly not well or disruptive.
A: No, just a willing and caring heart, and open to meeting and mingling. You may bring food, used clothes, or other relevant donations if prearranged.