HCAP Weekly August 14, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

Former Kumuhonua Resident Regains Health, Reunites with Daughter
Puohala Head Start Welcomes New Students with Orientation
Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Distributes over 7,000 Pounds of Food
Windward STEM Students Make Slime
Alternative Ways to Cool Your Home and Reduce Electricity
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year

Former Kumuhonua Resident Regains Health, Reunites with Daughter

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Prior to entering the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center in 2016, Yvonne was living alone on the streets for nearly two years. Worried about her physical and mental health, Yvonne’s providers recommended permanent housing as part of her treatment plan.

Upon Yvonne’s entry to Kumuhonua, case management provided Yvonne with support services. Staff actively engaged with Yvonne and worked with her on improving her physical and mental well-being. Over time, Yvonne made tremendous strides; she stabilized her health, learned the importance of money management, and reestablished a relationship with her once estranged daughter, who was living in Arizona.

Once she made a full health recovery, Yvonne actively began applying for housing and additional resources. Her hard work paid off as she was awarded a Section 8 voucher. At the same time, however, Yvonne’s daughter invited Yvonne to stay with her in Arizona. Fortunately, Yvonne was allowed to transfer her voucher to Arizona. Yvonne successfully reunited with her daughter and is currently working with the Arizona Public Housing Authority to locate and obtain permanent housing.

Puohala Head Start Welcomes New Students with Orientation

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Earlier this month, Puohala Head Start welcomed new students into the classroom for orientation. The preschool orientation provided students with an opportunity to be in their classroom, learn simple routines, and share snacks and giggles with new friends. Transitions can be a little difficult for young children, and preschool may be a child’s first experience spending the day outside of home. They are exposed to a world of learning, fun, and socialization. The teaching staff at Puohala Head Start hopes that the orientation will help both children and their parents successfully transition to a new preschool year.

Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Distributes over 7,000 Pounds of Food

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Kalihi-Palama District Service Center, in partnership with the Hawaii Foodbank, held their monthly Ohana Produce food distribution at Kalihi Valley Homes on August 11th. Over 7,000 pounds of food, including eggs, bread, snacks, chips, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, were distributed to over 300 adults and children. The distribution takes place in the parking lot at Kalihi Valley Homes (Kam IV) behind the housing office at 2243 Kalaunu St. Although the distribution site is at Kalihi Valley Homes, the Ohana Produce distribution is open to anyone in the community who is income-eligible. The income limit is 175% of the Federal Poverty Level ($1,750/month for a one person household or $3,580/month for a family of four).

Registration begins at 10am and the food arrives between 11am and 2pm. An ID is mandatory for sign-in. Reliable car transportation is highly recommended as most families end up with a significant amount of food.

The remaining 2017 dates for Ohana Produce in Kalihi are as follows: September 22nd, October 20th,
November 3rd, and December 15th.

For more information regarding the Ohana Produce Food Distribution, please contact the nearest participating HCAP district service center:
Central: 488-6834
Kalihi-Palama: 847-0804
Leeward: 696-4261
Windward: 239-5754

Windward STEM Students Make Slime

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This week at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Windward STEM Exploration Center, the students, returning back from the summer, learned about the science behind slime. Students learned that slime is a type of polymer. A polymer is a long molecule that is mostly made up of smaller units that repeat themselves. By mixing glue, shaving cream, baking soda, and contact solution together, the slime will begin to form immediately. The students also learned about two types of polymer behavior: shear thickening and shear thinning. By applying shear force to the mixture, the slime would either liquidate (shear thinning) or expand (shear thickening). The students had an ooey gooey slimetastic time!

Alternative Ways to Cool Your Home and Reduce Electricity

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There are many low-cost ways to cool your home. Here are some ways you can improve comfort but still save on energy costs, courtesy of HCAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP):

1. Replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR® certified windows lowers household energy bills by an average of 12 percent nationwide. Improved frame materials reduce heat transfer in homes.

2. Installing heat-reflecting film on windows will keep your home cooler and can block up to 79% of the solar heat.

3. Adding attic insulation will keep the sun’s heat from transferring to your living area.

4. Installing solar-powered attic fans allows you to use the sun’s energy to draw out hot air and reduce attic temperature as much as 40°. Solar-powered attic fans are eligible for the state’s 35% energy tax credit.

HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year

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Are you or someone you know in need of comprehensive early childhood education? Spread the word! HCAP Head Start is now accepting applications for children 3-5 years for the 2017-2018 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.