HCAP Weekly February 27, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

SCSEP Program Aide Accepts a New Job Offer
HCAP Client Readjusts to Civilian Life
Former Kumuhonua Resident Successfully Transitions to Permanent Housing
Leeward Kupuna Spend the Day at Vegan Farm
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year


SCSEP Program Aide Accepts a New Job Offer

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When Nancy first applied to the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in April 2015, her husband had just passed away, and she was left emotionally and financially devastated.

After passing the initial eligibility assessment, Nancy was assigned to the SCSEP office as Program Aide. She was responsible for the timely and accurate processing of all the enrollee time sheets and disbursement of enrollee paychecks. It was also Nancy’s responsibility to notify enrollees of re-certification deadlines, Pre-Employment workshops, and Individual Development Plan update workshops. Under the SCSEP Coordinator’s guidance, Nancy was instrumental in reorganizing the SCSEP participant recordkeeping system.

In February, Nancy received a job offer from the River of Life Mission to be an Administrative Assistant to the new executive director. She is happy to be transitioning to a position that will allow her to utilize the office skills she used while enrolled in SCSEP. Nancy was also thrilled to receive an increase in pay and hours, which is the ultimate goal for many SCSEP participants. Congratulations and mahalo, Nancy!


HCAP Client Readjusts to Civilian Life

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In January 2017, Yvette visited the HCAP Central District Office to complete intake. A former HCAP client, Yvette was looking for a hand up. She had been transferred into a half-way house after her release from the Women’s Community Correctional Center. When Yvette transitioned, she had no income and was unable to pay rent and buy groceries. HCAP offered Yvette a two-week supply of emergency food and enrolled her in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program. As a Na Lima Hana participant, she completed job readiness training, received help on her resume, and was provided hygiene products to help prepare her for job interviews. Less than a month after her intake at HCAP, Yvette was hired as a home health aide. Upon notification of the news, Na Lima Hana provided medical scrubs for Yvette to wear on the job. Right now, Yvette is earning enough money to pay her rent and continues on her path to recovery.


Former Kumuhonua Resident Successfully Transitions to Permanent Housing

Byce transitioned to the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center from an Emergency Shelter in January 2017. When Byce entered Kumuhonua, he was highly motivated to secure permanent housing but had limited knowledge of the resources available to him and didn’t know where or how to start. Byce worked vigorously with his Case Manager in completing and submitting housing applications in numerous areas on Oahu. One month into his stay at Kumuhonua, Byce was able to secure permanent housing in the Downtown Honolulu area and successfully exited the Kumuhonua program on February 7th.


Leeward Kupuna Spend the Day at Vegan Farm

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Kupuna from the Leeward District Service Center spent the day at Mouna Farm Arts & Cultural Village. They had a tour of the farm, learned how to prepare herbs for medicinal purposes, and ate a vegan meal of basmati rice, yellow split peas, and curried calamungay. Founder and farmer Muthukumaru “Sooriya” Sooriyakumar greeted the kupuna and talked to them about the importance of native plants to healing. Originally from Sri Lanka, Sooriya moved to the US and arrived in Waianae over 30 years ago. Sooriya had originally learned copper wall art in India and Europe, but Waianae was where he refined his craft, and shared it with the rest of the community. Next year, Sooriya will involve the local community in creating the largest whale sculpture in the world. The project will take place at the Nānākuli Public Library. Sooriya hopes to share the message of aloha, unity, nature, and peace and asked the kupuna if they were interested in taking part in the project next year.


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.