Houses into Homes: together we make it home

Learn more about a long standing West High club that works to help the community.

Ginger McCartney, Artist, Designer

Founded by two West High parents four and a half years ago, Houses Into Homes (HIH) works to literally take houses into homes by adding furniture and other items of comfort. Besides being an organization that flourishes outside of West, they also have a club at the high school currently run by Riley Uthe ’24. Meetings are, as of now, held on Mondays at the HIH warehouse located in Coralville. 

The HIH club works to aid things like deliveries and the organization, cleaning and repair of donations. HIH focuses on the Johnson County community, trying to service those who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, and other crisis situations. A large part of their mission is to do so with kindness and respect. As of 2022, they have helped over 920 households and provided more than 1600 beds in addition to other furniture to over 3000 individuals, most of which were children, according to the HIH website. 

To get involved, you can join the West High club, volunteer directly with the organization, or make much-needed donations. As of right now, the main thing needed is couches. To get more information or see how you can help, visit the HIH website or email Riley Uthe ’24.