HCAP Weekly December 25, 2017

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First HCAP Early Head Start Baby Arrives
Single Parent Benefits from Adopt A Family and Toys for Tots Programs
HCAP Head Start Kicks Off Winter Break with In-Service Training
Wraparound Services Client Receives Crib for Infant Son
Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Shares Toy for Tots Collection with Community
STEM Students Celebrate with Gifts from Toys for Tots
Adopt A Family Program Recipients Express Their Gratitude
Community Pitches in to Spread Holiday Cheer


First HCAP Early Head Start Baby Arrives

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HCAP Head Start began its Early Head Start (EHS) program on October 1, 2017. The EHS program provides continuous supports and services for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women. The very first infant was born into the HCAP Early Head Start program on December 26th. Congratulations to Shelby and her baby boy Logan! Shelby’s toddler Tristan has been receiving EHS services from his teacher Ranjah Jimeno and HCAP Head Start Health Specialist Lani Untalan. Little Tristan and his new brother Logan will be seen together at home visits. Both Lani and Ranjah will continue services and provide supportive postpartum care for mom and baby to support and enhance parent-child attachments. The staff is thrilled for the arrival of baby Logan and eagerly awaits the birth from the other pregnant moms in the program.


Single Parent Benefits from Adopt A Family and Toys for Tots Programs

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Thu, a single parent, has benefited from HCAP’s wraparound services at the Leahi District Service Center. With the help of the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, Thu was able to secure steady full-time employment at T.J. Maxx. A regular presence at the Leahi District Service Center, Thu has given back to the community, providing interpretation assistance to Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) clients. Earlier in October, she signed up for Helping Hands Hawaii’s Adopt A Family Program. The Adopt A Family Program links individuals and families in need to donors in the community who are able to give to these families. Thu was grateful for the wonderful gifts that were donated to her from a generous donor. In addition, Thu’s son also received toys from the Toys for Tots Program. The Leahi District Service Center staff would like to thank Adopt A Family and Toys for Tots for being a tremendous help to all the families during the holiday season.


HCAP Head Start Kicks Off Winter Break with In-Service Training

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HCAP Head Start staff kicked off the Winter break with an All-Staff In-Service training held at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. Daryl Bonilla, a former Head Start student best known for his coined phrase “That’s my bank!” in Bank of Hawaii commercials, opened the day with his speech on building resilience. Venus Rosete-Medeiros, Regional Director for Kamehameha Schools – Maui, Lana’i , and Moloka’I, talked about “the Bowl of Light” and how it is so important to recognize the factors that keep the light shining in our personal and professional lives, and threats that can dim the light. Head Start parents Scott Mastainich and Patrick Ngujede shared their appreciation and talked about everything the staff has done for their children. The highlight of the day was surprising the staff with “Create a Canvas,” a team building activity that also promotes art in preschool. “Create a Canvas” artists worked with the entire group to paint Christmas Pineapples. It was a great day of speakers, fun, and laughter!


Wraparound Services Client Receives Crib for Infant Son

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Terry first came to the Leahi District Service Center in 2016, seeking assistance with employment. She had moved to Oahu with her infant son and was struggling to make ends meet. After enrolling in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, Terry took Job Readiness Training classes, where she received assistance with resume writing, job interview preparation, and budgeting. After completing her training, Terry found temporary employment as an administrative assistant. A few months into her temp assignment, Terry was offered a permanent position that not only offered better pay but better benefits for her and her son.

Terry also received assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). She applied for the Energy Credit, which allowed her to receive credit towards her electric bill. During this holiday season, she applied for Helping Hands Hawaii’s Adopt A Family Program. Through Adopt A Family, Terry received a crib, mattress, and sheets for her 13-month old son, along with gift cards. This will help Terry out tremendously with her efforts to attain self-sufficiency.


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

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On December 13th, the Kailihi-Palama District Service Center staff picked up toys from the Toys for Tots Program. Shortly thereafter, community members in Kalihi visited the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center to pick up toys to distribute to the children nearby. HCAP Head Start Family Advocates Brys’n and Aunty Kuulei picked up toys for their Head Start classrooms. Zara from Kamehameha Homes, Helen from Kukui Gardens, and Rose from Ka’ahumanu Homes all picked up toys for the children in their housing complexes.

Zara and her staff organized their toy distribution at Kamehameha Homes on December 23rd. Each child got to pick a toy and also received goody bags. Parents also received slippers as a gift.


STEM Students Celebrate with Gifts from Toys for Tots

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This year, the students at Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After School Program, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, received gifts from Toys for Tots. As part of a family engagement effort, every STEM parent who had completed a Toys for Tots household form received a gift for their child. The presents were wrapped and distributed during Family Nights in December. This year, the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After School Program and Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program staff partnered to help families celebrate the holidays without breaking the bank. The HCAP staff was happy to send families home for the holidays with happy hearts and extra gifts to help bring the holiday cheer to the STEM families.


Adopt A Family Program Recipients Express Their Gratitude

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To show gratitude and appreciation to our holiday gift donors, 29 HCAP Head Start classrooms in the Central District and recipients from the Adopt A Family Program prepared Christmas thank you cards. Many of these cards were handmade by the children themselves. These cards, decorated with glitter, paint, and handprints, will be delivered to Pearl Harbor Catholic Church, St. John Apostle and Evangelist Parish in Mililani, and Toys for Tots. The Central District Service Center is grateful for the participation, support, and love of our donors and wish them all a happy holiday season.


Community Pitches in to Spread Holiday Cheer

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This year, as in years past, the Leeward District Service Center received toys from Toys for Tots, sponsored by the Waianae Foundation and the U.S. Marines. In addition, other donors pitched in to make sure that there were enough toys for all. The Leeward District Service Center would like to send a big mahalo to all of its donors this year: Toys for Tots, Pauni Nagaseu-Escue (Palama Settlement), Waikiki Rotary, Payless Shoe Store, LaJoy Lindsey, Ulu Ohana, Lana and Leilani Ulu, and St. Francis Alumni Giving. With their help, the Leeward District Service Center was able to share some holiday cheer with over 700 children this year.