HCAP Weekly February 15, 2016

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP’s Income Tax Services Program Helps Couple Save
Na Lima Hana Participant Secures a Job
Kumuhonua Participants Secure Public Housing in Waianae
Hā Initiative Students Learn about the Human Body
Head Start Families Learn Some Healthy Recipes
HCAP Executive Director Featured in Hawaii Business Magazine


HCAP’s Income Tax Services Program Helps Couple Save

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Daniel and Zipporah have filed their Income Taxes at the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center for the past three years. Prior to filing their taxes with HCAP, the couple would pay between $300 to $400 for their tax preparation fees. During the 2014 tax season, they heard about the Income Tax Services Program offered by HCAP through the VITA Program. Seeing that they qualified and that the program was free of charge, Daniel and Zipporah immediately called the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center to schedule an appointment.

As parents of four young children, Daniel and Zipporah have greatly appreciated HCAP’s Income Tax Services Program. The program has helped them save hundreds of dollars each year. They told HCAP staff that now they get excited about filing their taxes. Because of the program, Daniel and Zipporah have been able to pay their bills, buy their kids things they normally could not afford, and pay off their school loans. And this year, Daniel and Zipporah will be using their refund to help pay for a family car!

Every year, Daniel and Zipporah have called the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center to express their appreciation. HCAP staff would like to wish Daniel and Zipporah all the best, and look forward to helping them file their taxes next year.


Na Lima Hana Participant Secures a Job

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Katerina, a Waikiki Care-A-Van client, learned about the Leahi District Service Center’s services during an outreach event. She took an interest in HCAP’s Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program. After receiving more information about the program, she immediately signed up for Na Lima Hana and received assistance with career goals planning, resume building, and basic job readiness training. Community Worker, Reiko Titong, was able to assist Katerina during her job interview by interpreting for her. Katerina was hired on the same day that she was interviewed! She is now working six days a week at Iyo Udon at Ala Moana Shopping Center as a Dishwasher and Food Prep. Katerina is thankful for all the support and assistance that she received from the Leahi District Service Center Staff. Congratulations Katerina!


Kumuhonua Participants Secure Public Housing in Waianae

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Kea and Jodey lived unsheltered for over a year. When they finally made it to Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center, they were determined not to return to a life on the beach. They diligently followed the program’s requirements, attended workshops, and saved money. It wasn’t long before they got the break they needed. After residing at Kumuhonua for just three months, public housing offered them a one-bedroom apartment in the Waianae area. This is especially nice for Jodey, who now lives within minutes from her mom. Awesome job, Kea and Jodey! We wish you all the best on your path towards success.


Hā Initiative Students Learn about the Human Body

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This week, the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program students at the Kalihi STEM Exploration Center learned about the human body. Using the Human Body kit, the students learned all about the musculoskeletal structure, vital organs, and joints in a fun, hands-on way. They began the lesson with a quick icebreaker and warm up of “Simon Says.” Afterwards the students identified as many parts of the body as possible and reconstructed a human skeleton. They had a lot of fun putting “Mr. Bones” together as a team. Shelly, one of the STEM students, said, “Oh my, I had no idea there were 207 bones in the body! But I’m sure glad we have them or we’d flop around like an octopus and couldn’t play tag!” We may have found a future orthopedic surgeon!


Head Start Families Learn Some Healthy Recipes

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Every Friday at the lower hall in Jack Hall Housing, Head Start parents, children and staff attend the University of Hawaii Cooperation Extension Service’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program workshops. This past week, Head Start children parents, and staff learned some healthy recipes to make with their families. EFNEP instructor Roxane Bega made a healthy smoothie that included bananas, strawberries, Apple juice, and milk. Children and parents got to take home the recipes so they can enjoy the healthy choices any time.


HCAP Executive Director Featured in Hawaii Business Magazine

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HCAP’s Executive Director, Robert N.E. Piper was interviewed for Hawaii Business Magazine’s article titled “Change Agents.” The article featured Native Hawaiian leaders discussing how Hawaii might change with Native Hawaiian self-governance.
The full article is available here:
http://www.hawaiibusiness.com/change-agents/