Who We Are

Residential Youth Services and Empowerment

Residential Youth Services and Empowerment (RYSE), a 501(c)(3) operates an access center where Hawai‘i’s street youth are assessed and referred to appropriate support services. Youth ages 14-24 have access to a safe temporary living space specifically designed to address their unique needs. The access center offers coordinated programs and services to build a path towards reintegration into mainstream society.

Our Mission and Our Vision


To provide a continuum of support and services that empowers Hawaii’s street youth to move beyond homelessness.


We envision a community where there is no youth homelessness.

Our Results

Since RYSE opened its doors in June 2018, we have continued to strive towards achieving our mission of eradicating youth homelessness in Hawaii and empowering young people to build a foundation for life-long well-being. In just the two years RYSE has been operational we have consistently achieved proven, significant results, including:

  • Serving over 200 unique transition age individuals
  • Providing respite from the streets for 172 young people
  • Reuniting over 52% of youth with family after leaving RYSE
  • Hosting 79% of clients entering the housing program one time only

Annual Reports

Below are downloadable copies of RYSE financial and annual reports.

Our Team

Executive Director

Carla Houser


Grants Administrator & Office Manager

Liz Hamasu

Program Managers

Kathryn Boyer, Robert Daley, Charisse Kupahu

Education and Employment Counselors

Audrey Duque, Rome Loredo

Case Managers

Natasha EvesLinoe McKeague, Erik Ryan, Efren Berrones, Connor Hendrix


Medical Provider

Ava Jenkins, APRN

Behavioral Health Clinic Manager

Dana Lucio

Behavioral Health Coordinator

Mary Adams

Director of Communications

Aliantha Lim