HCAP Weekly April 16, 2018

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Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Employment
Kumuhonua Resident Secures Permanent Housing
HCAP Co-Sponsors the 13th Annual Waianae Coast Keiki Spring Fest
Kumuhonua Selected as Eagle Scout Service Beneficiary
Leeward STEM Students Grow Tomatoes in Garden


Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Employment

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Dayle was initially referred to the Leahi District Service Center from the Na Kolea Honolulu Transitional Housing. Na Kolea is a transitional housing that houses single individuals who are either homeless or at risk of being homeless. After learning about the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, Dayle signed up, hoping to receive basic employment skills training. Dayle received Job Readiness Training on career goal planning, basic computer skills, budgeting, and interviewing.

After Dayle completed her Job Readiness Training, she attended last month’s WorkForce Career Fair at the Neal Blaisdell Center, where she was hired on the spot by HMSHost for a cashier position. Dayle has completed her orientation already, but she is waiting for her airport badge to come through before she can begin employment with HMSHost. The Leahi District Service Center staff would like to congratulate Dayle on her new position.


Kumuhonua Resident Secures Permanent Housing

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Last September, Edward entered Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center following a referral from the Institute of Human Services at Hale Mauliola, the city’s homeless navigation center. With no family or friends on Oahu, Edward was open to housing options.

Since entry into Kumuhonua, Edward worked diligently with staff to make the most of his stay. Edward was motivated in applying for jobs and affordable housing assistance. He also opened up a savings account with what little he had and was able to increase his savings as well.

Earlier this month, Edward received and accepted an offer to move into a permanent housing in Wahiawa. Edward was able to obtain assistance from HCAP’s Rapid Re-Housing program to support his long-term success in maintaining permanent housing.


HCAP Co-Sponsors the 13th Annual Waianae Coast Keiki Spring Fest

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Nearly 1,000 families and individuals, along with HCAP’s Leeward District Service Center and HCAP Head Start staff, took part in the 13th Annual Waianae Coast Keiki Spring Fest at Waianae District Park on Friday. HCAP and six other community organizations partnered to sponsor the event. Leeward District Service Center Community Worker Lana Ulu and HCAP Head Start Family Advocate Colleen Lomavita were on the event’s planning committee. In addition to having a good time, Waianae Coast parents and keiki received information about various resources available in the community, including HCAP’s programs and services.


Kumuhonua Selected as Eagle Scout Service Beneficiary

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Service to others is an important part of the Eagle Scout Oath: “… to help other people at all times.” Each year, tens of thousands of young men in the Boys Scout of America strive to achieve the coveted Eagle Scout rank by applying character, citizenship, and Scouting values in their daily lives. One of the rank requirements is to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school, or community.

Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center was recently selected as an Eagle Scout Service Beneficiary. In March, Eagle Scout and Troop Leader Eric Rivera graciously presented Kumuhonua three homemade bookshelves; they were hand crafted and painted by the teenage troops. Kumuhonua is honored to be part of the Eagle Scout Service Project and looks forward to working with additional troops in the future!


Leeward STEM Students Grow Tomatoes in Garden

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The students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After School Program’s Leeward STEM Exploration Center, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, recently planted tomatoes in their classroom’s Veggie U garden and Tower Garden. To cultivate tomato seedlings, the students lined the small tray tower with dirt and seeds. Then, they covered the seeds with dirt and lightly watered their tower plants for VeggieU and the Tower Garden. Finally, they stuck the planted seeds under the grow lights. Several of the seedlings have already sprouted.