For the sixth year in a row, The Locations Foundation is holding a clothing drive to benefit homeless and vulnerable communities. It hopes to collect 15,000 pounds in new and gently used clothes, which will go to three charities: The United Cerebral Palsy, Partners in Development – Ka Pa`alana, and The Institute for Human Services, Inc. (IHS).
Chad Takesue, president of The Locations Foundation, states, “as one of Hawaii’s largest low income and subsidy housing providers, we understand the challenges faced by Hawaii’s homeless are complex and multifaceted. We are proud to expand on our low income housing initiatives and partner with IHS to bring stability to the lives of homeless people through this collection drive.”
Since July 2015, Locations Property Management has partnered with IHS to provide heavily subsidized rental housing units to IHS clients just to help Hawaii’s homeless find stability and have a place to call home. IHS calls the program a success, saying its clients reduced their dependency on state-funded programs and are moving into properties of their own.
Last year, The Locations Foundation held the drive, but it wasn’t public. It still collected 4,200 pounds of business and casual work clothes, solely through donations from its real estate agents and staff. This year’s drive is the first time Locations is reaching out to the public for help. Locations will include a company matching program: it will match $1 for every pound of donated clothing.
The Locations Foundation is the non-profit arm of Locations LLC, the real estate sales and property management company.
IHS is Hawaii’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive service center for homelessness on Oahu. Executive Director Connie Mitchell praised The Locations Foundation on its contribution to homeless and vulnerable communities. “Reclaiming something you own once again, or having something as simple as fresh, clean work clothes is a huge deal in an individual or family’s journey out of homelessness.”
IHS operates a mini-thrift shop at its Ka`a`ahi Emergency Shelter facility in Iwilei where 100% of donations benefit homeless and at-risk clients at no cost to the client. “Each year, IHS relies on public donations to support homeless clients’ transition into housing. We simply couldn’t do it without the help our community.”
Hawaii residents and businesses interested in making a clothing donation can visit www.locations.com/clothingdrive for drop-off sites, times and dates. The clothing drive ends Friday, June 17. Donations will be sorted and presented to the three charities on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Locations company picnic in Waimanalo.