HCAP Weekly April 13, 2015

In this week’s issue:

Employment Program Gives Participant Confidence and Support
SCSEP Participant Secures Employment
Leahi District Service Center Staff Attends Ohana Night at Palolo Valley Homes
Central District Service Center Holds Annual “Shoeboxes for the Homeless” Drive
Calling all Head Start Alumni!
Employment Core Services Participant Achieves Goals


Employment Program Gives Participant Confidence and Support

Photo of Jason- Employment Core Service
Joseph went to the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center in October 2014 requesting assistance in finding employment. After enrolling in the Na Lima Hana- Employment Core Services (ECS) program, he completed Pre-employment Training, which helped him gain the confidence he needed to begin an effective search for employment. To date, Joseph has achieved all 5 milestones of the Na Lima Hana- Employment Core Services Program, including obtaining employment at “This is It Bakery” and retaining his position for over 90 days. He has also expressed his gratitude for additional services he received through HCAP, which helped him greatly during his search for employment. Some of these services included: obtaining a personal hygiene kit, a 2 month bus pass voucher for transportation and assistance with purchasing appropriate employment attire. Joseph is very happy to have come this far and is grateful for all the services and benefits he received.


SCSEP Participant Secures Employment

Photo of Mr. Eis- SCSEP
Mr. Eis applied and joined the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in February 2014. He was assigned to the Institute for Human Services (IHS) as a SCSEP Program Aide. After a year of being in SCSEP and working at IHS, Mr. Eis notified his Employment Counselor, Barbara that he secured an unsubsidized job as an on-site cleaner for ABM Services. He will be working 20 hours per week, and he will also receive medical benefits. Congratulations Mr. Eis!


Leahi District Service Center Staff Attends Ohana Night at Palolo Valley Homes

Photo of Leahi Ohana Night
The Leahi District Service Center staff recently attended Ohana Night at Palolo Valley Homes. The Palolo residents living in public housing meet once a month to discuss various issues and events held in their community. Reiko, Leahi’s newest Community Worker, was given the opportunity to talk about HCAP’s programs, including the Na Lima Hana- Employment Core Services program. She was able to connect with the residents, and also reach out to the Chuukese community. In addition, representatives from HMSA, Kaiser, and the Hawaii Health Connector were in attendance and informed the Leahi District staff about various health plans that could be beneficial to HCAP’s clients who are looking for health care. It was a great opportunity to build strong relationships with the residents, as well as offer resources that can help improve their lives.


Central District Service Center Holds Annual “Shoeboxes for the Homeless” Drive

Photo of Shoeboxes for the Homeless
At the beginning of April, the Central District Service Center, Chinen & Arinaga Financial Group and schools from the Moanalua Complex held their annual “Shoeboxes for the Homeless” project. Salt Lake Elementary School, Moanalua Elementary School, and Red Hill Elementary School donated a total of 499 shoeboxes, which contained an array of hygiene products, school supplies, and clothes. This giving project helps students to be aware of the importance of giving back to their community as well as the joy of helping others. A portion of the shoe boxes were delivered to the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center, which will be distributing the donated shoeboxes to homeless shelters located in the area. The remaining shoeboxes will be distributed in the Central District area.


Calling all Head Start Alumni!

Photo of Head Start
HCAP Head Start is turning 50! Since the summer of 1965, Head Start has served more than 30 million children. We are searching for alumni who attended HCAP Head Start anytime between 1965 and 2014. Please send an email to hcap@hcapweb.org with the years you attended, your classroom name, and your current profession/ job.


Employment Core Services Participant Achieves Goals

As a participant in the Oahu Community Correctional Center’s work furlough program, John participated in HCAP’s Na Lima Hana- Employment Core Services (ECS) Program through the Central District Service Center. John has succeeded in accomplishing his goals of finding employment. He is working 40 plus hours a week at a plumbing and construction company as a Technician. John was able to obtain employment with the assistance of the Pre-Employment Training he attended through the ECS program. The course covered the following topics: Career Goals, Introduction to using PC Computers, Introduction to Basic Microsoft Word and Excel, Creating a Resume, Interviewing, Completing a Job Application and Mock Interviewing. John was very appreciative of the opportunity to participate in the training and was able to improve his employability skills and receive assistance in finding full time employment.