HCAP Weekly December 24, 2018

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Hā Initiative Receives Funding from the Hawaii Bowl Foundation
Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Employment
Leeward District Service Center Client Receives Adopt A Family Gifts
Family of Wraparound Services Client “Adopted” for Christmas
Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Shares Toys for Tots Collection with Community
Leahi District Service Center Staff Visit the Family Assessment Center


Hā Initiative Receives Funding from the Hawaii Bowl Foundation

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The Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program would like to thank the Hawaii Bowl Foundation for their donation to the program. These funds will be used to enhance HCAP’s Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program at 5 locations on the island of Oahu. The Hā Initiative is a free, year-round program that provides opportunities for students, grades 2 to 8, to improve their math and science skills. For more information about the Hā Initiative program, click here.


Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Employment

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Marna first heard about HCAP when Windward District Service Center staff were doing outreach near her home. Interested in HCAP’s employment services, Marna came to the Windward District Service Center office to enroll in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program. After completing Job Readiness Training through the ECS Program, Marna successfully landed a clerk position at the Times Super Market. Windward District Service Center staff referred Marna to the Dress for Success Program at the YWCA, where Marna received pants and shoes for her work wardrobe and two professional outfits for work-related events.

Marna is thankful for the help she received from HCAP and would like to give back to the community in the coming year. She wants to lend a helping hand to Windward District Service Center staff during their monthly Ohana Produce food distribution. Windward District Service Center staff is glad to be of service and happy that Marna is doing well.


Leeward District Service Center Client Receives Adopt A Family Gifts

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It is said that the spirit of Christmas is in every shared joy and in every act of kindness during this wondrous time of year. Candy, a client at the Leeward District Service Center and single mother of eight, received gifts from the Adopt A Family Program. The extra joy and cheer this Christmas season was made possible through HCAP’s collaboration with Helping Hands Hawaii. Candy stated that she and her children are thankful for the gifts and are blessed to have been given so much. May this new year be delightful and prosperous for this family and for all of us.


Family of Wraparound Services Client “Adopted” for Christmas

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Tanya, a single mother of 5, first came to HCAP’s Windward District Service Center for wraparound services. She obtained food from the emergency food pantry and obtained employment services from the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program.

During the holiday season, Windward District Service Center staff regularly asks friends and family from the neighborhood community to donate gifts to families in need. Community Worker Mollie was able to get Tanya’s household “adopted” for Christmas; her children received gifts for Christmas. Tanya is also awaiting households items from Helping Hands Hawaii’s Community Clearinghouse, which Mollie provided a referral to. Windward District Service Center staff hopes Tanya and her family had a wonderful Christmas.


Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Shares Toys for Tots Collection with Community

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On December 20th, the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff organized a Toys for Tots distribution at a nearby hall. Shortly thereafter, families who had registered for the Toys for Tots Program and representatives from nearby housing complexes (Lebert from Kamehameha Homes and Rose from Kaʻahumanu Homes) all picked up toys for the children. The children and parents were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the toys they received. These are “the best toys ever,” commented one parent from Kaʻahumanu Homes. Lebert and Rose, who are also members of the Kalihi-Palama District Council, expressed their gratitude to HCAP at a recent District Advisory Council meeting.

Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff would like to give a big mahalo to Helen Lee of Kukui Gardens, who helped Kalihi-Palama District Service Center with the pick-up and distribution.


Leahi District Service Center Staff Visit the Family Assessment Center

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On Christmas Eve, staff from HCAP’s Leahi District Service Center visited Catholic Charities Hawaii’s Family Assessment Center. The Leahi District Service Center has an ongoing partnership with the Family Assessment Center, providing wraparound services to families experiencing homelessness. These services include Job Readiness Training and employment assistance, courtesy of the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program.

Community workers Mia and Joshilyn brought gifts from the Toys for Tots Program to the children living at the Family Assessment Center. Mia and Joshilyn stayed around to socialize with the children; they painted the children’s nails and even helped them set up their gifts near the Christmas tree.