HCAP Weekly January 22, 2018

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SCSEP Participant Obtains Permanent, Unsubsidized Employment
Na Lima Hana Participant Benefits from Wraparound Services
Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Kicks Off Spring Kupuna Session with New Site
Letter of Intent for 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Windward District Service Center and Weatherization Staff Collaborate on Outreach


SCSEP Participant Obtains Permanent, Unsubsidized Employment

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In Feb 2014, Angelina applied for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), seeking job training and possible employment. Prior to coming to SCSEP, she was living with her son and relying on him to cover expenses. Upon enrollment, she was placed at the faith-based social service agency, Springs of Living Water, as Kitchen Helper. Angelina has been in SCSEP for four years and her last day at the Springs of Living Water was supposed to be January 22nd. But upon hearing that her SCSEP term was coming to an end, the Springs of Living Water Board of Directors, citing her skills in food prep, cooking, serving, have decided to hire Angelina as a regular part-time employee. She officially begins her permanent position this week. Congratulations Angelina!


Na Lima Hana Participant Benefits from Wraparound Services

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Melvin first came to the Windward District Service Center in 2016 to file his taxes as part of HCAP’s Income Tax Services/ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program. After a troubled past, he was determined to make a clean break and enroll in the Waipahu Community School for Adults to obtain a GED. In 2017, upon returning back to HCAP’s Windward District Service Center to file his taxes, Melvin mentioned to a Community Worker that he was looking for employment now that he was almost finished with school. After completing intake for the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, he attended and completed Job Readiness Training (JRT). Shortly thereafter, Melvin obtained a job at the popular food truck and tourist attraction, the Shrimp Shack in Punalu’u.


Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Kicks Off Spring Kupuna Session with New Site

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This past Wednesday, HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center began the spring session of the Kupuna Independent Life Series at a new site: the Full Gospel Temple, located in Kalihi Valley. To start off the day, the kupuna had oatmeal, brown link sausages, eggs, and bananas for breakfast. Kent Kaahanui from Ke Ola Mamo, a local health care organization, spoke to the kupuna about the heart and how it relates to blood pressure. In addition, Kent did a demo on how to do one’s own blood pressure reading.

Following Kent’s demo, the kupuna took their own blood pressure readings; they recorded the results and hope to do their blood pressure again next week to compare the readings. Lori Matsuoka from the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service conducted the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) class as part of a six-week series. During SNAP-Ed, Lori went over food safety guidelines with the kupuna. As part of a cooking demo, she demonstrated how to make a healthier ranch-style dressing. For lunch, the kupuna were served pulled barbeque chicken with brown rice and tossed salad. After lunch, the kupuna were briefed on other HCAP programs and services that may be of help to them or people they know.


Letter of Intent for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

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On January 26th, HCAP prepared a Letter of Intent to announce our intention to submit a proposal for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers for the Hawaii Department of Education. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers is a major funder of the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program.


Windward District Service Center and Weatherization Staff Collaborate on Outreach

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Last Friday, HCAP’s Windward District Service Center staff and the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) staff, James “JoJo” Upega and Shelton Mack Thomas, joined forces to promote the WAP program, the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, and the upcoming Income Tax Services/ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program in the Ko’olauloa neighborhood. HCAP Staff distributed about 200 flyers and talked to residents in the neighborhood. They are working hard to increase program awareness and build stronger ties to the community through increased outreach and collaboration.