HCAP Weekly March 5, 2018

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Windward District Service Center Establishes Partnership with Local Shelter
Central District Service Center Collaborates with Kaleiopu’u Elementary on Food, Hygiene Drive
HCAP Director of Community Services Attends NASCSP Training Conference
Lincoln Head Start Children Enjoy Rewards of Hard Work in Community Garden
Former Na Lima Hana Participant Expresses Gratitude


Windward District Service Center Establishes Partnership with Local Shelter

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HCAP’s Windward District Service Center recently established a partnership with the Pu’u Honua Initial Contact Shelter to better serve the needs of those in the Windward community. The homeless shelter offers a 40-day program that prepares clients for self-sufficiency. As part of the partnership, the Windward District Service Center staff will be in Hau’ula once a week working with individuals of the program on job readiness training and employment referrals. Pu’uhonua volunteer Virgil Amoroso will also be donating his time cooking breakfast each week for the Windward District Service Center’s Kupuna Independent Life Series held at Lani Huli Elderly Apartments.


Central District Service Center Collaborates with Kaleiopu’u Elementary on Food, Hygiene Drive

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HCAP’s Central District Service Center has partnerships with three schools throughout the year; Kaleiopu’u Elementary is one of them. Nestled on the mauka side of Waipahu and bordered by the Kunia community, Kaleiopu’u Elementary has an enrollment of over 900 students. The student council at Kaleiopu’u Elementary annually gathers hygiene products and canned goods from over 50 classrooms for pick-up by the Central District Service Center staff. These donations will be used to assist HCAP clients with emergency food and or hygiene kits.


HCAP Director of Community Services Attends NASCSP Training Conference

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Last week, HCAP Director of Community Services, Tehani Diaz attended the 2018 National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) Winter Training Conference in Arlington, Virginia. Tehani had the opportunity to learn from federal leaders and partners, network with peers, and examine ways to continuously improve processes and program delivery for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). HCAP’s WAP provides qualifying households with free energy saving devices to reduce home energy costs. Statistics show that low-income households pay a disproportionately high percentage of their income to their energy bills compared to average households. This program improves the energy efficiency of households to help them save money for many years to come.


Lincoln Head Start Children Enjoy Rewards of Hard Work in Community Garden

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The children at Lincoln Head Start have been hard at work in the garden. The Lincoln Head Start children and their families picked the last harvest of Manoa lettuce, cucumber, Roma tomato, kale, cilantro, basil, and round eggplant at Kuapapa a Uakaniko’o, the community-school garden located between Stevenson Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School. After the harvest, they prepared the garden beds for new plants, including Japanese cucumbers, soybeans, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and a variety of flowers. During their second planting, the children developed ways to protect the lettuce plants from insects and other pests. After transferring the lettuce plants in the garden, they used recycled plastic bottles to cover them until they have matured.


Former Na Lima Hana Participant Expresses Gratitude

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HCAP’s Central District Service Center Community Services Manager Katy Perry recently received a thank you letter from a former Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program participant. The client had reached her 90-day employment milestone at Home Depot.