HCAP Weekly March 26, 2018

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SCSEP Participant Lands a Permanent Job and a Cameo on Hawaii Five-0
Work Furlough Participant Maintains Job and Pays Taxes
Windward District Service Center Establishes Partnership with PACT Ohia Domestic Violence Shelter
He`eia Head Start Children Make Rock Buddies
Spring into Energy Savings


SCSEP Participant Lands a Permanent Job and a Cameo on Hawaii Five-0

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In 2015, Edmund enrolled in HCAP’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), looking for work. At the time, he had a very limited work history; Edmund was the family caretaker, staying home to care of his parents until they passed away. His sister accompanied him during his initial SCSEP assessment because he was very shy and soft spoken.

Once accepted into SCSEP, Edmund was assigned to the Unity House, Inc. as a janitor. Edmund became a very dedicated trainee: hardworking and reliable. Just a week ago at his annual recertification, Edmund notified his counselor that he was hired by the Unity House as a regular janitor position. Coincidently, during the same week, the Hawaii Five-0 television crew was filming an episode outside of the Unity House and hired Edmund as an extra. Within a week, SCSEP staff found out that Edmund had not only successfully transitioned into regular employment with the Unity House, but managed to land a cameo in CBS’ hit show, Hawaii Five-0. Congratulations Edmund!


Work Furlough Participant Maintains Job and Pays Taxes

Eddie has been a client of the Central District Service Center since July 2017. Since becoming a client, Eddie has transitioned to the Oahu Community Correctional Center’s work furlough program. As a participant of the work furlough program, he was expected to obtain and most importantly maintain employment. Eddie was able to submit his paystubs verifying that he maintained employment for more than 90 days working at a restaurant in Pearl City. Recently, Eddie stopped by the Central District Service Center to file his taxes as part of the Income Tax Services/ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program. Central District Service Center staff is proud of how far Eddie has come and only wishes Eddie the best in all of his endeavors.


Windward District Service Center Establishes Partnership with PACT Ohia Domestic Violence Shelter

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Windward District Service Center has recently established a new partnership with Parents And Children Together’s (PACT) Ohia Domestic Violence Shelter. As part of the partnership, clients from the PACT Ohia Domestic Violence Shelter are referred to Windward District Service Center’s Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, where they will receive and complete Job Readiness Training.

The PACT Ohia Domestic Violence Shelter provides emergency housing for women and children in violent situations. The shelter enables the clients to stay there for a total of 3 months. As part of HCAP’s wraparound services, Windward District Service Center staff will also provide referrals to HCAP Head Start’s early childhood education services for clients with children.


He`eia Head Start Children Make Rock Buddies

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As part of a class unit on rocks, He`eia Head Start children created their own “rock buddy” by painting and accessorizing small river rocks with hair and eyes. Students were then encouraged to become both author and illustrator to write a short story about their new friend. Other hands-on learning included observing a “Blooming Rock” grow crystal formations, playing ulu maika (Hawaiian bowling) outdoors, closely examining a variety of rocks, and much more. He`eia Head Start’s classroom library was stocked with books providing photos and information about the great pyramids, the mo’ai of the Rapa Nui people, meteorites and rocks from outer space, lava rocks of Kilauea, and many more. Students discovered a lot about rocks and their origins and now have a special keepsake to remind them of their studies.


Spring into Energy Savings

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Winter is over and spring has begun. A few quick and easy tips to take advantage of the warmer spring temperatures will not only save you money but liven up the mood in your home. Here are some simple energy-saving tips from HCAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP):

1. Get outside and grill. Host a fun potluck BBQ with friends at the beach. Enjoy a family meal in the park with a picnic. Taking some time away from the kitchen and spending it outside can save you money, while allowing you to enjoy the warmer temperatures and spring in bloom.
2. Open up some windows. Use the fresh air to your advantage. Opening up windows can help you cool down your home.
3. Use ceiling fans. A great way to keep that air conditioner unit powered off is by using ceiling fans. Ceiling fans use less energy than AC and will save you money.
4. Let the natural sunlight in. Take advantage of the sunny days in spring. During the day, keep those lights off and open the blinds and curtains. If you want to take it a step further, you could even paint the walls of your home with a light color and matte finish to help reflect the daylight throughout the space of the room.