HCAP Weekly October 1, 2018

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Na Lima Hana Receives Funding from the Central Pacific Bank Foundation
Na Lima Hana Helps Recent High School Graduate Obtain First Job
Kumuhonua Resident Obtains Permanent Housing
Kalihi Kupuna Explore Health Matters
Iroquois Point Head Start Families Discuss Emergency Preparedness


Na Lima Hana Receives Funding from the Central Pacific Bank Foundation

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HCAP would like to thank Central Pacific Bank Foundation for supporting the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program. The grant will be used to fund participant support for the ECS Program. An important part of the ECS Program is HCAP’s ability to assist with employment support. These funds will be used for expenses such as bus passes, required documentation and ID, and work attire and tools.


Na Lima Hana Helps Recent High School Graduate Obtain First Job

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Rhutissha recently graduated from Waianae High School and was looking for her first job. She enrolled in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program with the help of the Leeward District Service Center staff. After completing Job Readiness Training (JRT), she started looking for employment in her neighborhood. However, Rhutissha realized that she had to look for jobs outside of Waianae if she wanted to boost her job prospects. Knowing that she was in need of reliable transportation, the ECS Program provided Rhutissha with a bus pass.

With the bus pass, she was able to apply to jobs in Kapolei as well. Rhutissha applied to and received a job offer from Foodland Kapolei. She is grateful for the support and guidance she has received from HCAP. Before starting her new job, Rhutissha received work attire from the ECS Program. HCAP wishes her the best as she embarks on a new stage in her life. The Leeward District Service Center staff has no doubt that Rhutissha will be a valuable clerk at Foodland, as her vibrant and friendly personality is one of her strongest attributes.


Kumuhonua Resident Obtains Permanent Housing

Due to her disability and limited employment prospects, Patricia experienced great financial hardship. She eventually became homeless and accepted a referral to HCAP’s Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center.

In February 2016, Patricia moved into Kumuhonua, determined to stay financially afloat. While at Kumuhonua, Patricia managed to save some money for the future. She also worked very closely with Kumuhonua staff, hoping to secure permanent housing.

In August 2018, Patricia accomplished her goal, securing a 1-bedroom apartment in Kalihi with the help of funds from the Rapid Re-Housing Program. Next month will mark Patricia’s 3-month stay at her permanent place of residence; Kumuhonua staff looks forward to hearing all of the progress Patricia has made.


Kalihi Kupuna Explore Health Matters

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For the Kupuna Independent Life Series, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center recently had guest speaker Thaddeus from Hep Free Hawaii. Most of the kupuna did not know about hepatitis and asked Thaddeus a lot of questions. Thaddeus explained that hepatitis swells the liver, causing it not to function properly. Certain types of hepatitis such as hepatitis C may affect other parts of the body such as the heart. After the presentation on hepatitis, Lucille Chun from EveryDay Tai Chi taught tai chi to the kupuna. They closed the day with a healthy lunch of chicken pasta salad with mixed raw vegetables and avocado.


Iroquois Point Head Start Families Discuss Emergency Preparedness

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During a monthly parent meeting at Iroquois Point Head Start in September, families took part in a discussion about emergency preparedness and what to do in case of an emergency. The Ewa Emergency Preparedness Committee (Ewa EPC), a committee made up of local volunteers, was invited by Iroquois Point Head Start staff to talk about how the Ewa Beach community can better effectively prepare for natural or man-made disasters. Henri Veblen Van, the Ewa EPC Chairperson, and Rodney Boucher, a fellow member were the guest speakers. Since it is hurricane season, Henri and Rodney focused the discussion mainly upon natural disasters.