HCAP Weekly February 20, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

Staff, Students, and Families Say Goodbye to STEM Kalihi Teacher
Employment Core Services Participant Secures a New Job
Income Tax Services Continues Taking Applications
SNAP-Ed Teaches Windward Kupuna About Food and Nutrition
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year

Staff, Students, and Families Say Goodbye to STEM Kalihi Teacher

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The Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program‘s staff, students, and families bid farewell and best wishes to Kalihi STEM Exploration Center teacher Christian Miller on his new journey. He and his family will be moving to the Big Island. HCAP appreciates the dedication and leadership Christian brought to his role as STEM educator. Christian was one of the first teachers hired by the Hā Initiative and had become one of Hā Initiative’s strongest assets. Christian has given the Kalihi STEM Exploration Center students the opportunity to develop their skills in robotics, computer programming, critical thinking, and team building. Mahalo Christian for all of your contributions and good luck in your future endeavors.

Employment Core Services Participant Secures a New Job

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Sakun had been working as a caregiver until two years ago when her patient no longer needed her services. Unemployed for about a year, Sakun decided that it was time to resume her job search. Sakun had first heard of HCAP’s Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program when she had applied for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in June 2016 at the Leahi District Service Center and received energy credit. The intake aide who assisted Sakun with LIHEAP mentioned that HCAP also provides employment services.

In November 2016, Sakun returned to the Leahi District Service Center to get assistance with employment. Sakun enrolled in the Na Lima Hana Employment Services and began job readiness training. There, Sakun created her first resume and brushed up on her interview skills. After completing her job training, she began her job search. With the help of the Leahi District Service Center, Sakun landed an interview at a local restaurant. After interviewing with the owner, she was hired on the spot and started work that same week.

Sakun was so pleased with her services that she referred her oldest daughter, Weerin, the program. Weerin has since completed her job readiness training and applied for various positions.

Income Tax Services Continues Taking Applications

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HCAP’s Income Tax Services program has been open to the public since February 1st, and will run until April 7, 2017. As of February 17th, HCAP staff and volunteers have prepared tax returns for more than 200 individuals.

This program is a partnership with the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and Hawaii Tax Help & Financial Empowerment Solutions to encourage families to file for federal tax credits earned. Taxpayers making less than $55,000 in adjusted gross income (AGI) are eligible for free tax preparation services.

Contact the District Service Center nearest you to make an appointment or call the HCAP Main Office for more information.

Appointments are available first come, first served during the following days and times:
Central District Service Center (Phone: 488-6834) Mondays & Wednesdays 9am – 12pm
Kalihi-Palama District Service Center (Phone: 847-0804) Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm
Leahi District Service Center (Phone: 732-7755) Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am – 12pm
Leeward District Service Center (Phone: 696-4261) Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm
Windward District Service Center (Phone: 239-5754) Mondays & Tuesdays 9am – 12pm
• HCAP Main Office (Phone: 521-4531) Thursdays & Fridays 8:30am – 12pm (February 1st through March 3rd only)

SNAP-Ed Teaches Windward Kupuna About Food and Nutrition

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As part of the Windward Kupuna Independent Life Series’ 6-week Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service’s Lori Matsuoka has been leading discussions on food and nutrition. These discussions include educating our kupuna on healthy ways to shop, safe food handling, and tips to save money on grocery shopping. In addition to food safety, Lori has done healthy cooking demonstrations for the kupuna. Some popular recipes that Lori shared with the class include Ranch Style Dip, Leafy Tofu, and Chicken Stir Fry. Some of the kupuna from the first two workshops have had so much fun with Lori, they’ve invited their neighbors to join them for the remaining 4 weeks of SNAP-Ed.

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

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Are you or someone you know in need of free or affordable preschool? 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.