HCAP Weekly February 25, 2019

Windward Kupuna Visit Kualoa’s Moli’i Fish Pond and Gardens
LIHEAP Applicant Obtains Employment
HCAP Head Start Staff Participate in #HomeAtHeadStart Campaign
SCSEP Participant Lands Permanent Position
Windward District Service Center Holds Shoebox Drive for Homeless


Windward Kupuna Visit Kualoa’s Moli’i Fish Pond and Gardens

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Thank goodness for the sudden change in weather. After a few days of wind and rain on the Ko’olauloa side, Windward District Service Center staff thought that they would have to cancel their field trip to Kualoa Ranch again, but luckily, the weather improved just in time. Windward District Service Center staff and Windward kupuna headed to the ranch’s Moli’i Fish Pond and Gardens located in the Hakipu’u area of Ko’olaupoko.

Tour guides Keliko and Kristin showed the group around Moli’i Fish Pond, a man-made pond filled with healthy water wildlife that comes in from the ocean. Near the fish pond were the Moli’I Gardens. The gardens, rich in native plants such as kukui nuts and breadfruit, provided visitors with breathtaking views – natural greenery and the majestic Ko’olau mountains in the background.

Keliko and Kristin were very knowledgeable about Hawaiian plants. As a group, they talked and shared about traditional medicine and how many of the plants in the gardens can be used for medicinal purposes. The kupuna were even allowed to take some of the fruit and pieces of the plants home.

Even though the group originally set out to only visit the fish pond and gardens, Keliko and Kristin offered to take the kupuna to a private beach area called Secret Island. The kupuna happily accepted the offer, and the group took a ferry to Secret Island.

After their visit to Secret Island, the group returned to the pavilion area, where the kupuna had lunch and talked story with the guides before heading back home. Keliko, one of the guides, said she enjoyed talking to the kupuna so much that it didn’t feel like she was at work. It was a great day for all.


LIHEAP Applicant Obtains Employment

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Sarah unexpectedly became a single mom when her partner left her and their three young children. With no job and mounting bills to pay, Sarah struggled to make ends meet. Sarah and her children recycled cans and cleaned homes for cash, and Sarah would do other side jobs such as babysitting. Sarah tried to keep up with their monthly expenses as best as she could, but as time went on, Sarah found herself with many bills past due or unpaid. Soon thereafter, Sarah received a disconnection notice from HECO.

Sarah came to Central District Service Center in December 2018 to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Her family’s electric service had been shut off and the fee needed to establish reconnection exceeded LIHEAP’s Emergency Crisis Intervention (ECI) credit limit. Sarah was not able to come up with the remaining balance.

In the meantime, however, Central District Service Center staff enrolled Sarah in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program and provided Job Readiness Training. Upon completing the ECS Program, Sarah found work through Aerotek, a staffing agency. Sarah was hired by Pacific Shipyards International as a full-time Warehouse Purchasing Assistant. Sarah was thrilled to begin working and was finally able to save the money she needed to pay overdue bills.

Sarah returned to Central District Service Center to once again apply for ECI credit under LIHEAP. With the help of Sarah’s new job, she was able to save the remaining balance needed to finally get her electric service restored. Sarah is happy to finally be on good financial standing and grateful for all the assistance and support she received from Central District Service Center.


HCAP Head Start Staff Participate in #HomeAtHeadStart Campaign

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21 members of HCAP Head Start’s ERSEA/Family Advocate staff recently completed the interactive training series, “Supporting Families and Children Experiencing Homelessness.” They received Certificates of Completion upon completing all 8 modules.

“Supporting Families and Children Experiencing Homelessness” is part of the Office of Head Start’s #HomeAtHeadStart campaign to enroll 10,000 homeless children and families. The training was helpful in getting HCAP Head Start staff to think of better ways in identifying and reaching out to families experiencing homelessness.


SCSEP Participant Lands Permanent Position

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In July 2018, Jocelyn enrolled in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and began her training at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Central STEM Exploration Center. During her assigned placement at Central STEM Exploration Center, Jocelyn improved her abilities as a classroom aide, assisting teachers as they educate students in grades 2 through 8. She has displayed exemplary performance and has impressed her STEM supervisors.

Earlier this month, Jocelyn obtained permanent employment as a substitute teacher for the Central STEM Exploration Center. SCSEP staff is proud of the progress Jocelyn made while in SCSEP and wishes her the best in her new position.


Windward District Service Center Holds Shoebox Drive for Homeless

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HCAP’s Windward District Service Center recently partnered with PACT Kaneohe Community Family Center and Waiahole Elementary School for the 13th Annual Shoebox for the Homeless Drive. Over 250 shoeboxes will be distributed to Windward’s homeless population through HCAP. The annual shoebox drive helps to provide basic hygiene necessities and to help prepare clients for employment search.