HCAP Weekly June 26, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP Head Start Participates in the City’s Adopt-a-Park Program
SCSEP Participant Supports Extended Family in the Philippines
Central District Service Center Gives Work Furlough Participants a Second Chance
Kumuhonua Residents Complete SNAP-Ed Program
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year


HCAP Head Start Participates in the City’s Adopt-a-Park Program

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HCAP Head Start participated in beautification efforts for Dole Park, as part of a continuing partnership with the City and County of Honolulu’s Adopt-a-Park program. HCAP Head Start staff and parent volunteers picked up litter, removed graffiti, cleared the sidewalks and pathways, pulled weeds, and planted flowers. The Adopt-a-Park program allows individuals and organizations to “adopt” a park and help keep it clean. HCAP Head Start chose to adopt Dole Park, which is nearby the Dole Head Start classroom. The program provides volunteers with the tools and supplies needed to help care for the park. A big mahalo to all those who came out and helped! Another beautification gathering is scheduled at Dole Park on July 15, 2017. All interested volunteers are encouraged to join in on the fun and help make Hawaii’s parks beautiful for all to enjoy!


SCSEP Participant Supports Extended Family in the Philippines

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Grace has been a part of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) since 2014. Since 2015, Grace has been working as a janitor in her placement at Catholic Charities’ Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center. Six months into her new placement, Grace found out that her daughter in the Philippines had passed away, leaving behind five children. Grace made sure that her niece, now the designated guardian of the grandchildren, would be remunerated for her caretaking services.

Today, Grace still regularly sends money home to her grandchildren in the Philippines, helping with their food, school, and clothing expenses. Grace lives with her daughter and son-in-law in Hawaii, so her living expenses are modest. She continues to make and save enough to ensure that her five grandchildren are well taken care of. Grace is thankful for the opportunity SCSEP has given her. When Grace is finished with the SCSEP program next year, she looks forward to pursuing employment outside of SCSEP: her janitor position keeps her healthy and active, and she finds fulfillment in supporting family members who need her love and financial support.


Central District Service Center Gives Work Furlough Participants a Second Chance

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As part of a continuing partnership, HCAP’s Central District Service Center enrolls pre-release work furlough program participants, from the Waiawa Correctional Facility (WCF), into the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program at a rate of approximately 20 to 45 clients per month. WCF provides Central District Service Center staff with a list of inmates eligible for the work furlough program. Once the ECS intake process is completed by staff, the participant is offered pre-employment training, such as Job Readiness Training. This training helps the participants brush up on their job applications, resumes, and interviewing skills. They are also offered support such as bus passes and hygiene products to help them obtain and maintain employment.

In addition to providing ECS program services, the Central District Service Center also provides wraparound services to clients and their families. Staff have referred the WCF clients to programs such as rent and utility assistance, the Income Tax Services/ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program, and the Head Start program. These programs help alleviate some of the economic anxiety and stress often felt and experienced by the families of those on work furlough. Recently, for instance, a client was relieved to learn about Head Start, HCAP’s preschool program; the mother of his child was not able to pay for preschool with just a single income, so the referral was a much-needed lifeline.


Kumuhonua Residents Complete SNAP-Ed Program

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On June 22nd, six Kumuhonua residents completed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), which was presented by Lori Matsuoka of the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service. The residents attended classes every Thursday for six weeks at the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center. During the SNAP-Ed course, residents gained valuable life skills knowledge in food education with the primary focus on Food and Money basics. Kumuhonua residents were educated on topics related to nutrition and food preparation, such as safe food handling, spending less on groceries but eating better, goal setting, and making healthy choices. Residents were also treated to a few hands-on lessons that included food tasting. Kumuhonua residents were happy to have participated in this wonderful and educational program.


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.