HCAP Weekly July 24, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP Head Start School Year Kicks Off with Pre-Service Week
Single Mother Receives Much Needed Assistance from LIHEAP and WAP
SCSEP Participant Reintegrates Back into the Community
Na Lima Hana Participant Finds Job and Achieves Sobriety
Kalihi STEM Students Build a Pulley System With Lego Robotics Kit
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year


HCAP Head Start School Year Kicks Off with Pre-Service Week

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On July 24, 2017, HCAP Head Start staff launched the beginning of a new school year at the Hawaii Okinawa Center for Pre-Service Week. HCAP Human Resources Director Jocelyn Banks gave a refresher training on workplace safety and standards of conduct while HCAP Director of Community Services Tehani Diaz talked about the many programs and services of HCAP. Each year, Head Start Performance Standards require that staff receive training in child abuse awareness and emergency preparedness. Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii Program Director Robert Raash Barajas introduced keynote speaker Dr. Stephen Bavolek, author of the Nurturing Parents Programs. Dr. Bavolek spoke about the importance of child abuse awareness and strategies that can help prevent child abuse. The day continued with a presentation on hurricane and tsunami preparedness by John Cummings III of the Department of Emergency Management and ended with a speech on emergency preparedness by Honolulu Police Department Officer Anson “Kaipo” Paiva.


Single Mother Receives Much Needed Assistance from LIHEAP and WAP

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Marla is a single mother living in Ewa Beach with her three children and one granddaughter. The family fell on hard times when they learned that the granddaughter had a serious ailment, and needed constant medical treatment and medication to survive. The medication she requires needs to be maintained at a specific temperature in the refrigerator in order to remain effective. However, on top of the struggles of affording medical bills and supporting her family with the month to month expenses, Marla’s refrigerator broke down. Now they couldn’t maintain the temperature needed for her granddaughter’s medication, and Marla needed help fast.

Marla heard about the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and hoped that she could find assistance for her family to help with some of the high costs she was tackling every month, so she could afford a much needed refrigerator. She went to the Leeward District Service Center and learned about both the LIHEAP program and the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

Through the joint efforts of LIHEAP and WAP, Marla was able to lower the costs of her monthly electric bills. In addition, WAP was also able to provide a free, new refrigerator for her family, so she no longer has to worry about her granddaughter’s medicine.

Marla is now doing great, and her granddaughter will soon be applying for the HCAP Head Start Program!


SCSEP Participant Reintegrates Back into the Community

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Not too long ago, Stephanie’s world was turned upside down when her sister passed away. A case management client at the Windward District Service Center, Stephanie withdrew from regular life – she quit her job and kept to herself for a period of time. As time passed, however, Stephanie returned to the Windward District Service Center and inquired about employment. Her case manager referred Stephanie to the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). After completing initial intake and assessment, Stephanie was placed at the Windward District Service Center as an SCSEP Office Clerk trainee.

Today, Stephanie is a valuable part of the Windward District Service Center; she helps with phone services, filing, tax appointments, and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) preparation, among other office duties. During the Toy for Tots season, she helps prepare gift packets for the children. She also helps with the preparation of hygiene boxes for the homeless. Being a part of the local community in Windward has brought Stephanie back into the fold, helping her to become active in the community and rebuild her social network. She sends a big mahalo to the Windward District Service staff and the SCSEP program staff for her helping her through difficult times.


Na Lima Hana Participant Finds Job and Achieves Sobriety

Tiana has achieved important milestones since becoming a client at the Leeward District Service Center. She was initially referred to the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program through her substance abuse treatment center. Upon enrolling in the ECS program at the Leeward District Service Center, Tiana made a conscious effort to follow through on her life goals. She intended to complete the substance abuse treatment program, and eventually gain custody of her daughter, but first she had to achieve stability by finding and maintaining a job. The ECS Program equipped Tiana with the necessary tools and resources needed for an effective job search, such as resume building, computer access, and interview practice. Within a few months, Tiana found a job as a cashier and received new work shoes and pants from the ECS Program. After obtaining employment, Tiana reached another milestone: graduating from the substance abuse treatment program after 100 days of remaining clean and sober. Tiana expressed her gratitude to HCAP for providing her with work clothes and continuous support and encouragement, as she continues to make steady progress towards her goals and milestones.


Kalihi STEM Students Build a Pulley System With Lego Robotics Kit

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This week at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Kalihi STEM Exploration Center, students were given the opportunity to learn more about physics and how the concepts can be used to create machines to make people’s lives easier! Through diligence and hard work, the kids were able to build a working model of a pulley system using parts from the Lego Robotics Kit. They learned about how engineers are able to use the help of machinery to lift heavy objects during construction and the general importance of machines and what they can do for people. By examining the Lego Robotics Kit’s motor, the students were able to form visual images of internal parts of a machine and learn how each part works. The students now have a better idea of how machines work and why it is so important to have this knowledge.


HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.