HCAP Weekly February 5, 2018

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SCSEP Participant Finds Renewed Sense of Confidence in Work
WAP Clients Receive New Solar Water Heater and Refrigerator
Leeward Kupuna Celebrate National Wear Red Day
Former HCAP Volunteer and Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Permanent Employment
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Visits Head Start


SCSEP Participant Finds Renewed Sense of Confidence in Work

Photo of Robert SCSEP

This time last year, Robert was filing his taxes, courtesy of HCAP’s Income Tax Services/ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program. Having been out of work from the paralegal field for four and a half years, Robert struggled with his self-esteem. Growing up in a big family, Robert was taught the value of pulling one’s own weight. While getting his taxes done at HCAP, Robert noticed a brochure for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and enrolled shortly thereafter.

According to Robert, work has been very therapeutic for him. It has given him a renewed sense of self-confidence and self-worth. Currently, he is assigned to the State Department of Land and Natural Resources State Parks Division, working as a file clerk. Robert thoroughly enjoys the work environment and the friendly staff camaraderie at his work site. Today, he is able to use some of his former paralegal skills to help organize the files at DLNR. Robert is very happy to be back at work and being productive. As he is able to attest, work “soothes the mind and soul.”


WAP Clients Receive New Solar Water Heater and Refrigerator

Photo of Stanton WAP

Druearilyn was let go from her job when the airline company she had been working for years suddenly shut down. Since her job loss, Druearilyn and her husband, Stanton, have been struggling with their finances. They kept their expenses to a minimum. Broken home appliances that should have been fixed or replaced a long time ago had to wait; these applicances included a broken water heater and an old refrigerator. Druearilyn and Stanton came to the Leeward District Service Center and applied for HCAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

Druearilyn and Stanton were thrilled when their application for WAP was approved. Through the program, the family received a new solar water heater, allowing them to have hot water for the first time in months. Their old refrigerator was also replaced; the cracked seal on the refrigerator door had compromised the refrigerator’s cooling capabilities and spiked energy costs. In addition to these newly installed appliances, Druearilyn and Stanton were given LED light bulbs, new showerheads and aerators for the sinks. Stanton, a giving and kind hearted man, who loves to share whatever he has with others, has been sharing information about WAP assistance to those in need. Since servicing Druearilyn and Stanton’s home, WAP staff have received several referrals in the neighborhood.


Leeward Kupuna Celebrate National Wear Red Day

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In observance of National Wear Red Day on February 2nd, Leeward District Service Center staff and the seniors from the Kupuna Independent Life Series got involved by wearing red and sending their picture to the American Heart Association. National Wear Red Day is a day in February when many people wear red to raise awareness about the number one health problem that affects American women – heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, in Hawaii, more women die of stroke than men. Heart disease can be reduced by 80 percent through education and lifestyle change, and that is why the health focus of Leeward District Service Center’s Kupuna Independent Life Series for this semester is the heart.

Each week, the kupuna have been learning how to reduce their blood pressure, the consequences of high blood pressure, how to implement daily exercise, and how to make healthier eating choices. In addition to education, the kupuna were given a journal to track their daily eating and exercise, as well as their blood pressure. For the next three months, the kupuna will continue learning about the mechanics of the heart, and how to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.


Former HCAP Volunteer and Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Permanent Employment

Chantel first came to HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center looking to obtain work experience through community service. For the next few months, Chantel assumed various roles: she assisted the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as intake worker, helped out with the Ohana Produce food distribution, and coordinated the Kupuna Independent Life Series Program. After Chantel completed her community service hours, she enrolled in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program to prepare for job interviews. Since completing the ECS Program, Chantel has found employment as a clerk at the souvenir shop, Coco Cove, in Waikiki. The Kalihi-Palama District Service Center is very happy for Chantel; she has come a long way since first volunteering at HCAP.


Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Visits Head Start

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Robin and Catherine from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) recently conducted a Family Engagement presentation for Kaimiloa Head Start. EFNEP uses a holistic nutrition educational approach by providing information and hands-on activities in four core areas:

• Diet quality and physical activity
• Food resource management
• Food safety
• Food security

The workshop focused on how parents can incorporate more calcium and vital minerals into their child’s nutrition. Parents learned how to make delicious milk smoothies to provide the calcium and minerals that their young ones need.