HCAP Weekly June 25, 2018

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Senior Couple Receives LIHEAP Assistance on their Energy Bill
US Army Vet Obtains Permanent Housing and Employment
HCAP Staff Attend Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair
HCAP Head Start Training Manager Receives Lifetime Trainer Certification
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2018-2019 School Year


Senior Couple Receives LIHEAP Assistance on their Energy Bill

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Initially referred to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by a friend, this is Dung and Lan’s third year applying for LIHEAP at the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center.

For the senior couple, LIHEAP is a vital safety net. Ever since he immigrated to the US in 2005, Dung has been working extra hard to make ends meet. For seven years, Dung worked at a restaurant, making pastries alongside his two sons. Since 2013, Dung has been working as a repairman at a machine shop in Kalihi. Now in their household of two (his adult children have since moved to the Mainland), Dung and his homemaker wife do their best by keeping household expenses low.

At the time of his LIHEAP intake, Dung shared some happy news: his hard work has paid off and he has secured enough Social Security credits for retirement. In the meantime, Dung looks forward to continuing working to support Lan and himself, as well as to supplement their savings. He also looks forward to obtaining an energy credit on their HECO bill through LIHEAP.


US Army Vet Obtains Permanent Housing and Employment

At 50, Michael, a US Army veteran, was in a situation he “never thought would ever happen”: he was evicted from his home and forced to live on the streets. In August 2017, Michael moved into Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center following a referral.

It was at Kumuhonua that Michael picked up the pieces and rebuilt his life, gaining valuable skills such as budgeting and being financially prepared for unforeseen events. He also gained skills on how to advocate for himself and to reintegrate back into the community.

For the past six months, Michael has maintained full-time employment at Securitas. Michael was able to apply what he had learned and saved up enough money to obtain permanent housing in Honolulu for him and his elderly mother. Earlier this month, Michael successfully exited the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center. Michael is doing great and we here at Kumuhonua are happy for his success and wish him well.


HCAP Staff Attend Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair

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On Saturday, June 23rd, HCAP staff attended the 6th Annual Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair as a participating agency. The Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair was hosted by Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine, the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Hawaii – West Oahu.

HCAP staff used the event as an opportunity to provide information about HCAP programs and services, as well as to share current employment opportunities available at HCAP Head Start.
Brochures and enrollment information were distributed to attendees who visited HCAP’s booth. Saturday’s event attracted 75 employers and 1,500 job seekers. HCAP is currently looking to fill Head Start positions such as Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and Family Advocates.

Click here to see all of HCAP’s current employment opportunities.


HCAP Head Start Training Manager Receives Lifetime Trainer Certification

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HCAP Head Start Staff Development and Training Manager Cheryl Castro received a lifetime Trainer Certification for A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Pictured with Cheryl is Ruby K. Payne, PhD, the founder of aha! Process and an author, speaker, publisher, and career educator. Recognized internationally for A Framework for Understanding Poverty, her foundational book and workshop, Dr. Ruby Payne has helped students and adults of all economic backgrounds achieve academic, professional, and personal success.

The Trainer Certification will allow Cheryl to conduct training workshops to help staff positively impact students and clients in under-resourced communities.


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.