HCAP Weekly January 1, 2018

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HCAP in Pacific Business News Book of Lists
HCAP Youth Services Receives Funding from the Hawaii Bowl Foundation
Central District Service Center Collaborates with Voice of God Ministries at Holiday Gathering
Na Lima Hana Participant Finds Employment
Kalihi STEM Students Make Snowflakes
Central District Service Center Shares Holiday Cheer


HCAP in Pacific Business News Book of Lists

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HCAP was listed in the 2017-2018 Pacific Business News Book of Lists as the ninth largest Nonprofit Service Provider in Hawaii, as ranked by 2016 revenue. The Book of Lists is a compilation of lists that appeared in the weekly issues of Pacific Business News during the previous year.


HCAP Youth Services Receives Funding from the Hawaii Bowl Foundation

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HCAP Youth Services would like to thank the Hawaii Bowl Foundation for their donation to the program, which helps out of school youth obtain their Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma. For more information about the Youth Services program, click here.


Central District Service Center Collaborates with Voice of God Ministries at Holiday Gathering

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HCAP’s Central District Service Center and the Voice of God Ministries in Haleiwa recently joined forces to bring love and aloha to the residents of Wahiawa General Hospital. For the residents at the Wahiawa Nursing & Rehab Center, a long- term care facility, the holidays can be a lonely time. Central District Service Center staff brought Christmas cards that were made by the children, parents, and staff at Aiea Head Start. The Voice of God Ministries donated dozens of pairs of warm socks.

During the holiday gathering, Central District Service Center staff provided vocals to Christmas classics such as “Mele Kalikimaka” and “Silent Night” while Voice of God Ministries’ Elizabeth “Lisa” Kekua and Liliuokalani “Lani” Cole played guitar and tambourine. After singing Christmas carols, Central District Service Center and Voice of God Ministries staff passed out the Christmas cards and socks. Central District Service Center staff was humbled by the experience and hope to make it an annual event.


Na Lima Hana Participant Finds Employment

Albert came to HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Office seeking employment assistance. He was originally referred from the Laumaka Work Furlough Center. Due to personal circumstances, Albert had many barriers to overcome during his employment search. Through the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, he was able to get a bus pass, build his resume, and successfully do a mock interview. Albert was ultimately able to land a position at a local water damage restoration company. He is nearing six months of job retention and is very consistent in his work attendance.


Kalihi STEM Students Make Snowflakes

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This week, the students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After School Program’s Kalihi STEM Exploration Center, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, participated in a winter related lesson. The children got to learn about snowflakes and how they are formed. Snowflakes are actually made by water vapors freezing over dust or pollen particles, which create a single snowflake. When the snowflakes bunch together, it becomes the snow that is seen during the winter in colder areas. The children also got the chance to learn that every snowflake has a unique design because of the way the snowflakes are created while falling. The fall causes slight changes in the temperature, causing each snowflake’s pattern to differ from each other. After learning about snowflakes, the children used paper to create their own snowflakes, each with their own unique and symmetrical designs.


Central District Service Center Shares Holiday Cheer

Last month, a recently widowed woman with seven minor children contacted the Central District Service Center for assistance. Unfortunately, the Central District Service Center staff was not able to assist with her specific needs; they did, however, provide outside referrals to non-profit organizations such as Kids Hurt Too and Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center. These agencies have programs and services to provide the family with the necessary support.

Being that it was Christmas time and HCAP was participating in the Angel Tree Program, Central District Service Center staff contacted the woman to see if she was interested in coming to pick up Christmas gifts. “Are you sure?” the woman cried. She couldn’t believe what she was hearing.

The Central District Service Center provided gifts for each of her children, ranging from ages 3 to 17 years old. They also provided the family with household items such as soap, shampoo, laundry soap, and toilet paper. When the woman came to pick up the gifts, she cried when she saw all that was prepared for her. For the Central District Service Center staff, it was a great feeling to know that they were able to help this family, in some way, find a little bit of happiness and solace during the holidays.