HCAP Weekly October 9, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

WAP Client Receives New Refrigerator and Solar Water Heater
Na Lima Hana Participant Benefits from Pre-and Post-Employment Job Support Services
HCAP Youth Services Receives the 2017 Starbucks Foundation Opportunity for All Grant
HCAP Head Start Continues Sponsorship of the USDA Child Care Food Program
Windward District Service Center Secures Partnership with Family Promise
HCAP Early Head Start Accepting Applications


WAP Client Receives New Refrigerator and Solar Water Heater

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Charlotte is a mother of three, residing with her adult children in Waianae. She initially sought assistance from HCAP when she received a disconnection notice from her electricity provider. With the help of HCAP’s Leeward District Service Center, Charlotte completed her application for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Her household electricity was restored once the LIHEAP application was processed and the Emergency Crisis Intervention (ECI) credit kicked in. When Charlotte’s refrigerator and water heater broke down, the Leeward District Service Center staff referred her to another HCAP program – the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Through WAP’s audit and services, Charlotte received a new refrigerator and a new solar water heater, along with energy efficient devices. Charlotte remains grateful for WAP. For months, Charlotte and her children had to live with the inconvenience of cold water for their showers and lack of refrigeration for their groceries. Now, they can live comfortably again. HCAP’s WAP staff would like to thank C&J Solar Solutions for installing Charlotte’s solar water heater.


Na Lima Hana Participant Benefits from Pre-and Post-Employment Job Support Services

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Bryan came to the Windward District Service Center looking for employment assistance after being referred by one of his friends who received the same service. He currently lives in a clean and sober home; and is continuously working hard towards gaining self-sustainability. Bryan completed intake for the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program and immediately wanted to attend Job Readiness Training (JRT). Upon completing JRT, Bryan received a bus pass to help him go to interviews. Bryan updated his resume and enthusiastically began applying for positions at Kualoa Ranch, Paradise Bay Resort, 7-11, and McDonald’s. Bryan obtained employment at McDonald’s and is now the Maintenance Supervisor. Assisting him further, Bryan and his community worker, Reiko met up at the Windward City Shopping Center to go to Ross to purchase pants and shoes necessary for his new job.


HCAP Youth Services Receives the 2017 Starbucks Foundation Opportunity for All Grant

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HCAP would like to thank the Starbucks Foundation for their recent contribution to the HCAP Youth Services (HYS) program. The 2017 Starbucks Foundation Opportunity for All grant will be used for education and employment initiatives. HCAP Youth Services is one of 41 non-profit organizations within the United States to receive a grant.

The grants are a reflection of the Foundation’s long history of investing in proven programs that equip young people ages 16-24 with the skills and training required to participate in the global economy. Starbucks partners (employees) engage and volunteer with the organizations to help young people become job-ready and develop skills to continue on the pathway of opportunity. Building on more than 20 years of giving, the Foundation has a long history of investing in communities around the world through support of organizations working to create job and education opportunities.

We are looking forward to continuing our wonderful partnership with Starbucks!


HCAP Head Start Continues Sponsorship of the USDA Child Care Food Program

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The Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. (HCAP) Head Start Program recently announced its continued sponsorship of the USDA Child Care Food Program. Meals will continue to be provided at all HCAP Head Start locations at no cost to the children enrolled in program services.

Head Start is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program, administered by Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. HCAP Head Start serves 1,490 children ages three to five years old, with comprehensive early childhood education and family support services.

Meals will be made available to enrolled children/clients at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Parents’/clients’ income determines the amount of money USDA will reimburse us to provide meals to enrolled children/clients. The income eligibility guidelines listed below are used to determine our reimbursement from USDA. Children/clients from households whose annual income is at or below these levels are eligible to be counted for free or reduced-price meal reimbursements:

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Windward District Service Center Secures Partnership with Family Promise

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In late September, HCAP’s Windward District Service Center staff met with Family Promise Program Manager Christel. The two agencies met to affirm and establish a partnership to better serve the needs of those in the Windward community. Family Promise is a non-profit agency that provides support services such as employment, housing, and public assistance to homeless families and individuals. As partners, Windward District Service Center staff will refer eligible housing clients to Family Promise (to be eligible for Family Promises’ services, homeless household applicants must have at least one child and at least one work ready adult). In return, Family Promise will refer their job-seeking clients to the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program at the Windward District Service Center. Both the Windward District Service Center and Family Promise are looking forward to a successful collaboration.


HCAP Early Head Start Accepting Applications

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HCAP’s Early Head Start (EHS) program provides home-based child development and family support services to low-income families with infants and toddlers, and to low-income pregnant women and their families. The program, which began on October 1, 2017, is still accepting applications for infants and toddlers, ages 0-3 years, who are based in the Windward and Central areas on Oahu. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting the HCAP Head Start Waipahu Office, located at 94-810 Moloalo Street, #200, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797.