Service-Learning | No Mo' Haus' Project: Next Step

Next Step Homeless Shelter


| About the Shelter | Tutoring: Children | Directions | Contact Information |


About the Shelter

Managed by Waikiki Health Center, the Next Step shelter is a large warehouse that accommodates up to 200 people from diverse backgrounds, about one-third of whom are usually children. There are separate sections for families, couples, and singles. It opens at 5:30 pm in the evening and closes at 8 am in the morning every weekday, and is open 24 hours on weekends. Although the 20-hour tutoring program is limited to the schedule below, other research/interview/special projects may be done during open hours with approval.

Where: The shelter is located on Forrest Avenue, near Kaka’ako Beach Park and adjacent to the UH Medical School. See Google Map's instructions here.

Directions to Next Step:

The instructions below will get you to the entrance to the Reuse/Next Step Warehouse. Drive into the left fenced area (opposite of the US Customs secured gated area). The entrance is marked by a sign that reads “Next Step” on the fence. Park alongside the warehouse (there will be other cars). Buses on Ala Moana Boulevard (several lines from Ala Moana) will take you to the South Street corner.

Report to the front desk and sign in. The tutoring activities usually take place at the tables at the Diamond Head side of the shelter, near the children’s section. This area is next to the administrative offices in the trailer, inside the warehouse.
Orientation is required before participation (see below, for sign-up instructions).

Project Details/Tasks

TUTORING AND MENTORING FOCUSES ON CHILDREN -- VOLUNTEERS MUST COMMIT TO A MINIMUM OF 20 HOURS OF DIRECT SERVICE

  • When: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 7:30pm, according to schedule set up with Kapua and Nadine. Volunteers can determine the number of hours they serve within that time frame, on any given evening. However, 2-hours is a preferred minimum per visit.
  • Duties: Help kids with homework, play educational games, participate in other tutoring and mentoring activities. You may also be asked to help with other shelter activities.
  • How do I get started? After completing the CUH online S-L registration, send an email to service.learning.cuh@gmail.com --- Share your name, course info (including instructor's name), your weekly availability for volunteering (within the time frames Mon/Tues/Wed. 5:30-7:30), and the reason why you'd like to choose Next Step as your service site. Additionally, please tell us which pre-scheduled orientation you wil be attending. Click to view Orientation schedule. Orientation is mandatory, and 2 days' notice is required before attending. You must have TB clearance. Dress code: dress appropriately - comfortable , "modest & decent" attire. See the directions & photos above to plan for getting to the shelter on time. Students who arrive late will not be allowed to complete that orientation session.
    If you have any questions, please contact the Service-Learning office.

Contact Information

On-site Supervisor for keiki mentoring/tutoring project:

  • Mr. Kapua Tani and Nadine. Kapua and Nadine will be your supervisor while on-site, but questions about Next Step should be directed to service.learning.cuh@gmail.com.
  • Please see the directions above to get started. Following the procedure will give you the clearance to volunteer and confirm your orientation date. Be sure to register for Service-Learning online first, print your Connection Agreement, and bring it to your orientation for Kapua's signature.

Other Opportunities

SPECIAL PROJECTS LED BY STUDENTS/FACULTY -- CONSULT WITH THE S-L OFFICE

  • One-time events or series of activities are welcome. Examples: Service-learning students plan & facilitate Reading Circles/Book Clubs, Educational Game Tournaments (with built-in tutoring/mentoring), clean-ups & other environmental projects, health fairs, etc.
  • Those planning one-time events must attend an Orientation to Next Step
  • Generally, activities involving Shelter members should take place during regular Shelter hours. However, exceptions may be negotiated.
  • The section below describes some special projects at Next Step. These may inspire you to develop your own. To explore ideas you may have, contact the Service-Learning Office

News from Next Step

Recent developments and projects have been the outgrowth of new partnerships with Next Step. Their descriptions below may help inspire your own creative ideas for projects. Please contact the S-L Office to explore your ideas.

  • Ali'i Holokai Spear Fishing leads by example, showing us how to spend "quality time" with kids. From shopping at Walmart for new clothes to an evening out at McDonald's for dinner, positive role models provide opportunities for constructive activities.
  • "S2S" (Surf to Serve): Surf Icon Dane Kealoha takes kids surfing at Ala Moana Bowls every other Saturday.
  • Each month, volunteers are needed to help with the shelter's Keiki Birthday events. Go to keikibirthday.org for more info.
  • Next Step has an on-site aquaponic/hydroponic garden; volunteers can help to care for the garden together.
  • Honolulu Police Department/Waikiki Health Center can use help with the "Kaka'ako Community Watch," a citizens' patrol on Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm