HCAP Weekly October 17, 2016

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP Selects New Head Start Education Program Manager and Site Supervisors
Another Family Benefits From the Hale Kākou Program
HCAP Youth Services Receives Funding from the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation
Massage School Students Visit Leeward Kupuna Independent Life Series
Kalihi STEM Students Identify Problems Relating to the Interaction of Humans and Animals
HCAP Head Start Conference News


HCAP Selects New Head Start Education Program Manager and Site Supervisors

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HCAP is pleased to announce its Head Start program’s newest program manager and site supervisors. Jason Takimoto has been named Head Start Education Program Manager, joining current manager Jennifer Tanele in this role. Jason has been an early childhood education teacher since 2008, and most recently has been a HCAP Head Start Teacher since 2015. The Head Start Education Program Manager oversees the Head Start Site Supervisors, together ensuring improvement in the program’s intentional teaching practices and support in professional development.

Melissa Grado, Sammi Rafael, and Allison Yokoyama have been named Head Start Site Supervisors, joining current site supervisors Karen Hanabusa and Erin Basuil in this role. Most recently, both Melissa and Sammi have been working as HCAP Head Start Teachers. Allison was also a long-time HCAP Head Start Teacher, and most recently has been a Head Start Special Educator. The Head Start Site Supervisors are responsible for monitoring day-to-day classroom and home base operations and activities to ensure a quality, comprehensive development program that meets the needs of preschool children and their families.

HCAP congratulates our newest Program Manager and Site Supervisors on their promotions, and welcomes them to their new positions within the agency.


Another Family Benefits From the Hale Kākou Program

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Mary met George in West Virginia while George was on vacation. George was from Oahu and he and Mary fell in love. Mary, a single mom of two, took a chance on love and relocated her family to Hawaii to be with George. Mary had never been to Hawaii and thought it would be a beautiful place to live and raise her children.

In West Virginia, Mary was a registered nurse and loved helping people. She believed that with her credentials she would be able to quickly find work. Before relocating to Oahu, Mary was able to save $5000 to help with finding a new home and living expenses.

George, a truck driver, earned enough to care for himself, but soon found himself caring for three additional people on an already stretched budget. As soon as Mary arrived on Oahu she began searching for work. Mary had been a nurse for most of her adult life and felt she would be working soon.

The family found a place to live and used the money Mary had saved to pay their first month’s rent and deposit. Mary worried because that was all the money they had and she was still not working. After a month of applying for every open position Mary was able to find a temporary agency to help her find work.

Within a few days, Mary was offered a job at the State Hospital working 40 hours a week with lots of opportunities to work overtime. Mary felt relieved because the rent was due and there were no more pennies to stretch. Mary contacted her previous job to obtain some information her new employer was requesting. Unfortunately the person who would be able to send Mary the information was out due to an emergency and it would take a week to receive the forms.

Mary found herself in a very difficult situation. She desperately needed this job, but the situation was out of her hands. The rent was past due and Mary was not able to begin work as planned. The family’s new landlord served the family with a notice to evict if their rent was not paid in full in five days.

Mary felt lost, as they had no more money and her dream of living in a beautiful place was diminishing. Mary was scheduled to begin working on November 14, but the landlord would not wait for the payment.

Mary remembered seeing a television commercial about Aloha United Way’s 211 services and decided to call and see if they could refer her to a program that could help her family. Mary called 211 and the operator referred Mary to HCAP’s Central District Service Center.

Mary contacted the Central District Service Center and was assessed over the phone. Mary’s situation appeared to fit the Hale Kākou program requirements. Mary was given a list of documents she would need to bring to her appointment the next day.

Mary and George met with the staff and provided all the documents that were requested. The Central District Service Center staff was able to confirm Mary’s new employment start date and pay rate, and work out the situation with the family’s landlord with only three days before court papers would be filed.

Through the Hale Kākou program, HCAP was able to provide rental assistance via direct payment to the landlord, allowing the family to remain in their home.

Mary and George were overcome by how quick HCAP was able to resolve their family’s emergency and were very grateful for all the help and compassion the staff at the Central District Service Center gave them during this very stressful time. HCAP has renewed Mary’s dream of being able to raise her children in a beautiful place.


HCAP Youth Services Receives Funding from the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation

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This week, Tertia Freas, Executive Director of the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation presented HCAP Youth Services Program Coordinator, Krystal Ikeda with funds to purchase new computers and printers for the program. Students will use the computers and printers to do research for projects, prepare resumes, and conduct job searches. Mahalo to the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation for supporting our youth!


Massage School Students Visit Leeward Kupuna Independent Life Series

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As a part of the pain management component of the Kupuna Independent Life Series, the Leeward District Service Center invited the First Physical and Functional Rehab Massage School to provide relief to seniors in chronic pain. A number of seniors decided to take advantage of the free massage, many taking part in the Hoffa Technique. The Hoffa Massage Technique was developed by Dr. Hoffa in Germany over a hundred years ago. The technique targets the sole source of pain and is aimed to make the patient pain free in the shortest time possible. The therapist lifts, rolls and wrings the soft tissue to activate the stretching sensors in muscles. The Hoffa technique increases arterial blood flow and rebuilds muscles to normal strength. The massage clinic has locations in Waianae, Wahiawa and Waipahu. The Waipahu school offers student massages that cost $25 for an hour massage.


Kalihi STEM Students Identify Problems Relating to the Interaction of Humans and Animals

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This week at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Kalihi STEM Exploration Center, students are continuing to prepare for the FIRST LEGO League season, whose theme is “Animal Allies”. In preparation, participants are in the process of brainstorming possible animals to focus on. The challenge involves identifying a problem relating to the interaction of humans and animals, and coming up with an innovative solution to the problem. They have been conducting research using the internet and National Geographic magazines, and have also identified professionals who work in the field with animals as possible mentors.

One possible mentor is the grandfather of 3rd grader Edward, who is a long-time veterinarian. Another is a former Aquarium employee who is a family friend of one of the students. The kids have also been researching (with help of Mr. Chris) possible collaboration with Sea Life Park, the Honolulu Zoo, the Humane Society, and local pet stores and veterinarians. After figuring out their questions, the kids plan on conducting a phone or email interview. If schedules permit, they would love to have an in-person guest speaker event, or Skype conference.


HCAP Head Start Conference News

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HCAP Head Start Teacher Mentors, Traci Garma and Naomi Kahikina, along with Staff Development & Training Manager, Cheryl Castro were selected as presenters for the Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC) 2016 Early Childhood Leadership Symposium held at the Hawaii Convention Center. Traci and Naomi presented on ‘Managing Time and Stress’ and Cheryl presented on ‘Leadership is Everyone’s Business.’

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HCAP Head Start Teacher Mentors Bobbi Beter-Moses and Dorothy Mahoney are photographed with Valora Washington, Ph.D and CEO for the Council of Professional Recognition. Bobbi and Dorothy attended the 2016 Early Educators Leadership Conference in Leesburg, Virginia. The conference provided an opportunity for Professional Development Specialists to stay current with their practice by assisting candidates to obtain their Child Development Credential (CDA).