HCAP Weekly September 18, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

Former SCSEP Participant Rebuilds Life
Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center Recognized by U.S. VETS
HCAP Staff Attends Weatherization Training Conference
Leeward Kupuna Exchange Support and Self-Care Practices
UH Practicum Student Returns to Leahi District Service Center
HCAP Early Head Start Accepting Applications


Former SCSEP Participant Rebuilds Life

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Moku was homeless and living on the beach in Waianae when he completed intake for case management at HCAP’s Leeward District Service Center. As part of wraparound services, HCAP staff helped Moku apply for housing assistance and referred him to HCAP’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

Shortly after Moku’s enrollment into SCSEP, he was accepted into the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, and rented an apartment with Section 8 assistance. With a stable home situation, Moku focused his energy on employment. Over the past four years, Moku was placed in several SCSEP assignments. He flourished in his last SCSEP assignment as a groundskeeper at the Foster Botanical Garden, where he trimmed hedges, raked leaves, and performed routine maintenance duties.

Moku is exiting SCSEP with a bright future ahead of him. With the help of HCAP program staff and partners, Moku has followed through on recommendations to apply for VA and Social Security benefits, and is now financially stable. Moku has since developed a strong work ethic, and will continue to look for work in the areas of security and groundskeeping.


Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center Recognized by U.S. VETS

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HCAP’s Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center staff, Davilyn Chang and Rado Melchor, had the honor of attending the U.S. VETS Community Appreciation Luncheon held at The Willows Restaurant on September 15th. Kumuhonua received the Ka`ipu Award for their partnership with U.S. VETS. The Ka’ipu Award is given to the outstanding community agency or organization who has partnered with U.S. VETS to dedicate their time and service to veterans. Kumuhonua staff has contributed both time and service to U.S. VETS’ ADVANCE Hawaii Women’s Program (AHWP) as part of a collaborative mission to end homelessness among veterans.


HCAP Staff Attends Weatherization Training Conference

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HCAP staff Jojo Upega and Robin Fakaosi attended the 2017 National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) Annual Training Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi on September 18th and 19th to enhance their knowledge and administration of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The two-day training offered Jojo and Robin the opportunity to learn about best practices in WAP monitoring. They learned about what the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) looks for during technical monitoring visits, and how to implement and maintain good recordkeeping and accounting practices in a WAP program. HCAP partners with the DOE and the Hawaii State Office of Community Services to implement the WAP program, which provides qualifying low-income households with free in-home assessments, energy-efficiency education, and energy-saving measures.


Leeward Kupuna Exchange Support and Self-Care Practices

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This fall, the Kupuna Independent Life Series at the Leeward District Service Center is focusing on nutrition, grief support and self-care due, in large part, to the passing of several women who were such a big part of the program. This past summer, the Leeward District Service Center lost Auntie Alice Greenwood, a major homeless and environmental justice advocate on the Waianae Coast, and Auntie Gwen Goya, a long-time supporter of the Kupuna Independent Life Series. The Leeward District Service Center also lost Marie Whitney, a Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) worker and volunteer, who had been with the Leeward District Service Center for over twenty years. Both Auntie Alice and Marie died of cancer, while Auntie Gwen died from multiple health complications. The Leeward District Service Center staff believes that the focus on nutrition is important because nutrition plays a big role in cancer and diabetes prevention. By integrating nutrition and self-care into the curriculum, the kupuna are empowered to feel better and make healthy choices.


UH Practicum Student Returns to Leahi District Service Center

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As part of the graduating requirements for the University of Hawaii’s Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Katherine Martin completed her first practicum last Spring Semester at Leahi District Service Center. This fall, she has returned to Leahi for her second and final practicum. For Katherine, working at Leahi has been a great, hands-on learning experience; she has been assisting with client intake and assessment. The most memorable aspect of her Fall Semester practicum has been helping out with the Kupuna Independent Life Series. She enjoys coordinating the meals and activities, as well as working with the kupuna.


HCAP Early Head Start Accepting Applications

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HCAP’s Early Head Start (EHS) program will provide 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 begins on October 1, 2017 and is now 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.