HCAP Weekly February 19, 2018

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Former Kumuhonua Resident Transitions into Permanent Housing
Windward Kupuna Share Stories about CPR
Kumuhonua Staff Lead By Example on Fitness
Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Employment
Aiea I Head Start Children Design and Build Bridges


Former Kumuhonua Resident Transitions into Permanent Housing

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Born and raised in California, Saline accepted an offer by his uncle and aunt to live with them in Hawaii. Saline lived with them for two years until a year ago, when he had to leave his uncle and aunt’s home to make room for his aunt’s relatives. Even though Saline has steady employment, he could not afford rental market rates. With nowhere to go, Saline bounced from one relative’s home to another, and used public restrooms at beaches to shower and bus stops to sleep. Shortly thereafter, Saline entered the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center. With the help of his case manager and housing specialist, Saline secured permanent housing within 90 days with assistance from the Rapid Re-Housing Program. Saline is grateful for the support he received and is confident that he will be able to maintain permanent housing.


Windward Kupuna Share Stories about CPR

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Hope Young of Kokua Mau Hawai’i recently shared her mana’o (knowledge) with the Windward kupuna on basic CPR awareness and advanced planning. Among those in attendance was Doris, who shared her own personal story about the importance of CPR. Around 25 years ago, Doris was in a car accident and unresponsive to first responders. But after several CPR attempts, Doris was revived. Due to her near-death experience, she lives life to the fullest. A faithful attendee of the Kupuna Independent Life Series, organized by the Windward District Service Center staff, Doris enjoys the programs and speakers offered every Thursday.


Kumuhonua Staff Lead By Example on Fitness

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The Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center staff and their families recently participated in the 5K Bubble Run in Kapolei. It was a fun and exciting 5K run, as Kumuhonua staff made their way through each of the four foam bogs, covered in colorful foam from head-to-toe! The Bubble Run was part of “One team, one dream,” a larger goal and commitment Kumuhonua staff had planned as a team. Together as a team, Kumuhonua staff are determined to lead by example. Kumuhonua staff came to realize that if they wanted to instill healthy goals in the Kumuhonua residents, as they regularly do through health workshops and referrals, they should also strive to be fit and healthy.


Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Employment

Rosenda was referred to the Leahi District Service Center by a partnering agency, Palolo Homes. At the time, Rosenda was unemployed with limited work experience. Through the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, Rosenda received assistance with creating a resume, improving interview skills, and creating a budget. After finishing the program, Rosenda found employment at Ross Dress for Less. She is now a full-time Sales Associates working five days a week and has completed 60 days of employment.


Aiea I Head Start Children Design and Build Bridges

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The children at Aiea I Head Start have been learning all about bridges. They learned to plan and design bridges, and with the help of their families, constructed the bridges using recyclable materials from home. The children and their families exercised their creativity by reusing Popsicle sticks, disposable coffee cup trays, and packaging boxes. Studying about bridges was a great way to spark the children’s imagination and get them to exercise their fine motor skills. There’s a lot of work that goes into building bridges!