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 the first 5 years, RYSE has achieved proven, significant results, including:

  • Providing emergency shelter for 523 youth, ages 14-24
  • Diverting 82 youth from incarceration or residential mental health
  • Providing 47 youth with permanent supportive housing resources
  • Providing 16 youth with permanent supportive group homes

In 2022 alone, RYSE served 359 of Hawaii’s homeless youth with 58% transitioning to long-term housing.

Our Leadership Team

Executive Director

Carla Houser



Administrative Assistant: Stella Reyes

Director of Communications: Jaclyn Hawse



Shelter Program Manager: Charisse Kupahu

Community Engagement Coordinator: Kela Pulawa



Director of Housing Services: Robert Daley

Housing Program Manager: Elaina Biggs

Behavioral Health

Clinical Director: Nathan Bossick

Behavioral Health Program Manager: Andre Fraticelli

Outreach & Diversion

Outreach and Diversion Program Manager: Piper Kublick


Education and Employment

E&E Program Manager: Sylvia Carter