HCAP Weekly January 30, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP Staff Attend the 2017 Job Quest Job Fair
Kumuhonua Helps Wahiawa Man Obtain Permanent Housing
Former SCSEP Participant Works His Way Up
The Kupuna Independent Series Kicks Off at Kalihi
HCAP Staff Attend Hawaii Foodbank Training


HCAP Staff Attend the 2017 Job Quest Job Fair

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On Wednesday, February 1st, HCAP staff attended the 2017 Job Quest Job Fair as a Community Partner at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. HCAP staff used the event as an opportunity to provide information about HCAP programs and services, as well as a chance to share current employment opportunities. Brochures and enrollment information were distributed to attendees who had visited HCAP’s booth. Wednesday’s event attracted approximately 250 local businesses and 3,000+ job seekers.

Click here to see HCAP’s current employment opportunities.


Kumuhonua Helps Wahiawa Man Obtain Permanent Housing

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In 2015, Brian was left with no family. His sister, whom he had been living with, moved back to Korea. Brian could not afford market rental rates on Oahu, and had to live in his van for 7 months. A friend referred Brian to Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center. During his stay at Kumuhonua, Brian maintained employment, saved money, and worked with staff to obtain permanent housing. Last month, Brian successfully exited Kumuhonua and moved to Wahiawa, where he is now residing at the Kawahi Maluwai Apartments.


Former SCSEP Participant Works His Way Up

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For older Americans, making ends meet in-between jobs can be quite the challenge. For Donald, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) enabled him to obtain work experience in-between.

For several years, under the SCSEP program, Donald worked as a receptionist. But in the fall of 2015, when Magnolia Bakery Café opened its first location in Hawaii, Donald – who had attended culinary school in his youth – applied as a baker. Donald was hired by Magnolia, and he worked at the bakery chain for nearly a year.

After his time at Magnolia, Donald re-enrolled at SCSEP while planning his next move in the restaurant industry. In late 2016, Donald accepted a new job at the TR Fire Grill, a restaurant in Waikiki, as Cook’s Helper. By January 2017, Donald had received a raise. Congratulations Donald!


The Kupuna Independent Series Kicks Off at Kalihi

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Last Wednesday, the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center started their new semester of the Kupuna Independent Life Series at the Senior Residences at Maluhia. The special guest at this week’s program was Dan Okinishi of Premier Benefit Consultants. He discussed with the kupuna about the Medicare and dental benefits they are eligible for but may not be aware of. After the presentation by Dan, a special team from Ke Ola Mamo, one of the five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems on Oahu, assisted the kupuna with a mini health check-up by taking their blood pressure.


HCAP Staff Attend Hawaii Foodbank Training

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This week, HCAP district service center staff attended training presented by the Hawaii Foodbank. The Hawaii Foodbank is transitioning to an entirely new computer program system called Link2Feed, and HCAP staff are doing their best to learn and adapt to this new system. In partnership with the Hawaii Foodbank, HCAP continues to distribute fresh produce and non-perishables to individuals and families in need.

For more information on the next Ohana Produce Food Distribution, contact the nearest participating HCAP district service center:

Central: 488-6834
Kalihi-Palama: 847-0804
Leeward: 696-4261
Windward: 239-5754