HCAP Weekly July 16, 2018

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HCAP Selects New Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center Case Managers
District Service Centers Distribute Free School Supplies in Ready to Learn Drive
Windward District Service Center Establishes Partnerships with TANF Food Distribution and Hau’ula Civic Center
SCSEP Participant Supplements Income
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2018-2019 School Year


HCAP Selects New Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center Case Managers

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HCAP is pleased to announce that Alafau Muafono has been selected as its Lead Case Manager at the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center in Kalaeloa. She will be responsible for training and directing the case management staff to assist residents with goal planning and connect them with available community resources in order to transition to permanent housing.

Alafau has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Utah, and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. She has over 10 years of experience with case management at Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health, Utah County Jail, and Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

Also joining the team at Kumuhonua Transitional Center as a Case Manager is Kaheaokeale Lalawai. Prior to working at Kumuhonua, Kaheaokeale has worked as a School Health Aide for the Leeward School District and as a case manager at Onelau’ena Emergency Shelter Program.

HCAP welcomes Alafau and Kaheaokeale to their positions, and looks forward to having them join the team at HCAP’s Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center.


District Service Centers Distribute Free School Supplies in Ready to Learn Drive

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The basic school supply starter kits are ready for pick-up at HCAP’s District Service Centers. This year, HCAP plans to distribute over 1,170 supply kits, as part of the Ready to Learn (RTL) school supply drive. The school supplies are distributed to the individuals and families who applied at one of HCAP’s five District Service Centers. This drive was made possible by HCAP’s partnership with Helping Hands Hawaii.

Many families with multiple children in their households cannot afford to provide each child with all of the school supplies they need for the upcoming school year. The RTL school supply drive helps put free school supplies in the hands of thousands of households. As part of wraparound services, District Service Center staff helped clients apply on behalf of their children. With the guidance of teachers and family advocates, HCAP Head Start parents with older children in K-12 schools have also successfully applied to receive school supplies.

There are two types of school supply starter kits for students: the kits for students from kindergarten through Grade 5 and the kits for students enrolled in Grade 6 through Grade 12. The K through 5 kit consists of two twin pocket folders, two composition books, two pens, a set of folder paper, 12 #2 pencils, scissors, glue, an eraser and a 24 pack of crayons. The Grades 6 through 12 kit consists of a 1” 3-prong binder, two College ruled notebooks, 12 ball point pens, a pocket calculator, a set of folder paper, a ruler, an eraser and pencils.

HCAP District Service Center Staff have started to send out letters and make phone calls to families who applied to receive free school supplies. If you have applied with a nearby District Service Center, please call the aforementioned District Service Center to arrange a time to collect the school supply starter kits for your children.


Windward District Service Center Establishes Partnerships with TANF Food Distribution and Hau’ula Civic Center

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HCAP’s Windward District Service Center has recently established partnerships with multiple services and programs in the community: Hau’ula Civic Center and TANF Food Distribution Services. As part of their partnership with Hau’ula Civic Center, Windward District Service Center staff will be providing various services on the North Shore on a weekly basis. Participating HCAP programs include the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the Kupuna Independent Life Series.

Windward District Service Center also began their collaboration with TANF Food Distribution in July. TANF Food Distribution is another program made possible through the Hawaii Foodbank, which helps feed Hawaii’s hungry. Please call Windward District Service Center at (808) 239-5754 to see if you would qualify for TANF Food Distribution.


SCSEP Participant Supplements Income

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Johnny first heard about HCAP’s Windward District Service Center from a friend. He enrolled in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program and completed Job Readiness Training. However, upon finding out that he was age-eligible for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Windward District Service Center Community Services Manager Sonny-Jean Preston also referred him to SCSEP. Johnny completed intake, received Pre-Employment Preparation Financial Training, and was placed at Windward District Service Center as Maintenance Trainee. Johnny finds his work rewarding and views the SCSEP placement as an opportunity to supplement his income.


HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2018-2019 School Year

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Are you or someone you know in need of comprehensive early childhood education? Spread the word! HCAP Head Start is now accepting applications for children 3-5 years for the 2018-2019 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.