HCAP Weekly February 3, 2020

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Community Collaboration Brings Bookmobile to Makalapa Community Center
Ho`omau Kūpuna Staff Volunteer at the WorkForce Career Fair
Work Furlough Participant Secures Employment
Windward District Service Center Begins Spring Session for Kūpuna Independent Life Series
HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start Staff Recognizes Calendar Winners


Community Collaboration Brings Bookmobile to Makalapa Community Center

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On Friday, January 24th the Hawaii Literacy Bookmobile came to the Makalapa Community Center to bring a fresh challenge towards reading for families in the community. Parents and Children Together’s (PACT) Youth Development Specialist Jordan Ragasa put together this collaboration with resources from HCAP’s Central District Service Center, which provided parking space for the Bookmobile, as well as help from Holly Kamana of Hawaii Literacy and Lori Nakanishi of Pu’uwai Momi Public Housing. Jordan saw the need for more supportive safe spaces for families in the Aiea community and Central District Service Center was happy to provide a helping hand.

Although this is a only a trial run for the Bookmobile at the center, Central District Service Center hopes that with the community’s support, this project can continue and have a positive impact among local residents. The Bookmobile makes reading books more readily available for the children and reinforces the message that reading can be fun.

Central District Service Center was thrilled to hear that Hawaii Literacy is returning to the community and is looking to rekindle this partnership to bring back adult literacy programming to the community.

During the first Bookmobile visit, the children were very excited to see and experience the Bookmobile especially since many do not have access to fun and exciting books to read at their levels. Adults are also welcome to visit the Bookmobile with their children to help support the importance of reading. The Bookmobile will be available on Fridays from 2:15 pm-3:45 pm for everyone to enjoy.

Central District Service Center and all involved are happy to “welcome the Bookmobile to our community.”


Ho`omau Kūpuna Staff Volunteer at the WorkForce Career Fair

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On Wednesday, January 29th, staff from the Ho`omau Kūpuna Employment Program, formerly known as the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), attended the WorkForce Career Fair at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center as a Community Partner.

As volunteers, Ho`omau Kūpuna Employment Program’s Employment Counselors Raldean and Shelly assisted the public with the WorkForce job fair app and provided them with directions on how to use the interactive map to navigate the job fair. Attendees had access to dozens of potential employers and were even provided assistance on developing their resumes and printing services.

The WorkForce Career Fair is held three times a year, giving employers and job seekers the opportunity to interact and network.


Work Furlough Participant Secures Employment

Kapena first heard about HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program from someone at the Laumaka Work Furlough who was a program participant and was able to maintain employment for 90 days after completing ECS services. Kapena had prior work experience in carpentry, landscaping, and painting and was looking for a position that was labor-intensive.

As an ECS participant, Kapena received a hygiene kit and bus pass vouchers to help him get started on his job search. A few days after he completed Job Readiness Training at the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center, Kapena secured employment at Alpha Industries as a laborer. With ECS funds, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff was also able to purchase a set of work clothes for Kapena.


Windward District Service Center Begins Kūpuna Independent Life Series

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The Windward District Service Center held its first session of the Spring 2020 Kūpuna Independent Life Series at the Hau`ula Civic Center on Wednesday, January 29th. The kūpuna enjoyed a nutritious breakfast provided by the Ohana Family of Living God that included eggs with green onions, fresh pineapple, sausage, and bagels with low-fat cream cheese.

The kūpuna also enjoyed having biology and kinesiology students from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa work with them on different ways to be active.

Later in the day, community member Jerris Amazaki shared his passion of arts and crafts with the kūpuna. Jerris will cover 10 weeks of crafting with the kūpuna, which will include flower pen making, lei making, and projects using essential oils.


HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start Staff Recognizes Calendar Winners

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On Thursday, January 23rd at the Head Start Policy Council Meeting, HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start staff took some time to recognize the winners of the 2020 HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start calendar contest. As part of the contest, children were asked to create a drawing of their favorite storybook that was read in class. These winning drawings were chosen from approximately 150 submissions from across our Head Start sites.

The winning contestants and their families were invited to attend the Head Start Policy Council Meeting. As a token of appreciation for their work, the children were honored with a framed picture, a calendar, and their favorite storybook. The children’s imaginative and colorful drawings will surely brighten up our 2020 year!

Thank you to all the Head Start teachers, staff, and parents who are supporting our young readers and congratulations to this year’s calendar winners!