HCAP Weekly May 15, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

Former Kumuhonua Resident Finds Faith, Community, and Employment During Stay
Head Start Parent Receives Na Lima Hana Services and Obtains Employment
Windward District Service Center Hosts Job Fair Next Wednesday
Community Members Take Part in Ewa Head Start Read Aloud
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year


Former Kumuhonua Resident Finds Faith, Community, and Employment During Stay

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In debt and behind on her bills and rent, Susan was evicted from her residence in 2015. Susan stayed at a friend’s house for a while, but once the friend moved to Maui, she was left with no Plan B. With nowhere else to go, Susan applied to live in the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center, a place she had heard good things about. Susan moved to Kumuhonua shortly thereafter.

Determined to get back on her feet, Susan made sure to follow through on the short and long-term goals she created with her case manager at Kumuhonua. Susan quickly became a productive member of the community, mowing the lawn and helping with the upkeep of the Kumuhonua property. During her time at Kumuhonua, Susan began regularly attending church. She was also an active member in support groups and life skills workshops. All that hard work and resilience paid off, as Susan gained employment as Store Manager at Sears. With full-time employment and stable pay, Susan successfully transitioned to permanent housing in the Downtown area.

Although Susan has moved on from her Kumuhonua days, she still feels a connection to the Kumuhonua community. Last Sunday, on Mother’s Day, Susan, along with her church group members paid a visit to the mothers residing at Kumuhonua and surprised them with gifts. It was Susan’s way of giving back to the community that gave so much to her.


Head Start Parent Receives Na Lima Hana Services and Obtains Employment

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Andrea and her four-year old daughter were forced to fend for themselves after the breadwinner of the family left the household abruptly. Homeless and with no sources of income, Andrea needed to find employment. Her daughter is currently attending HCAP Head Start, so Andrea inquired about other services available at the Leeward District Service Center. Upon hearing about the pre-employment training offered by Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services, Andrea enrolled in the program. Upon completing Na Lima Hana’s job readiness training, Andrea found employment as a cashier at a store in the Leeward area. Leeward District Service Center staff also helped Andrea enroll in the Rent to Work Program, which provides 12 to 24 months of rental assistance to those who are employed but experiencing homelessness.


Windward District Service Center Hosts Job Fair Next Wednesday

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On Wednesday, May 24th, Windward District Service Center will host a job fair at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Gym at 46-117 Halaulani St., Kaneohe, HI 96744. Employers such as Macy’s, Papa John’s Pizza, Kualoa Ranch, GNC, and Kaneohe Marine Base will be in attendance, taking applications and doing on site interviews. The job fair is free to the public and a great opportunity for anyone looking for a job.


Community Members Take Part in Ewa Head Start Read Aloud

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Last week, the children of Ewa 1, 2, and Pre-Plus Head Start participated in Ewa School’s Community Read Aloud event. Various individuals from the community volunteered to read to our preschoolers. Among them were Mitchell Moriwaki, a local librarian, and Marcia Keaulana, a retired teacher. Mitchell treated the children to the book “Is Everyone Ready For Fun?”. He was an interactive reader, as he had the children stand up, dance, and do other kinesthetic activities that were drawn from the story. Marcia read the book “Big Bad Bully,” which was about the ways to handle bullying. The children from the three classrooms were engaged throughout the community event and enjoyed the stories that were read aloud to them.


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.