HCAP Weekly January 13, 2020

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Kumuhonua Resident Overcomes Challenges to Secure Permanent Housing
Ho`omau Kūpuna Participant Secures Unsubsidized Employment
The Kūpuna Independent Life Series Returns for Spring 2020
Nā Lima Hana Participant Secures Employment as Call Center Operator
HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start Selects Drawings for 2020 Calendar


Kumuhonua Resident Overcomes Challenges to Secure Permanent Housing

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Carolyn was a resident at Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center from September 2017 until December 2019. During her time at Kumuhonua, Carolyn was assisted by multiple Kumuhonua staff to address various health issues and financial challenges. With the help of her case manager and housing specialist, Carolyn secured a unit at Hale Makana o Nanakuli, which is, in her own words, “the most beautiful and perfect apartment.” Through HCAP’s Rapid Re-housing Program, she will be receiving rental assistance.

Carolyn is excited to start a new life in her new home. Carolyn would like to thank all of the staff at Kumuhonua with a special mahalo to Kaheaokeale Lalawai-Guilman and Taelumane Tili, because without them, “none of this would have been possible.” She would also like to thank Deborah and Jonathan from the Rapid Re-housing Program. Carolyn is very grateful for all the help that she received and wishes everyone at Kumuhonua a very Happy New Year.


Ho`omau Kūpuna Participant Secures Unsubsidized Employment

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In October, Chong came to the HCAP Corporate Office and applied for the Ho`omau Kūpuna Employment Program, formerly known as the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). After owning a flower shop for 25 years, Chong unfortunately had to close her business due to high costs. Prior to Ho`omau Kūpuna, Chong had been partnering with island businesses at Ala Moana Shopping Center and the North Shore, making flower displays to make ends meet.

After her initial intake and assessment, Chong was determined to be eligible for the Ho`omau Kūpuna Employment Program. Chong’s Ho`omau Kūpuna Employment Counselor set up an interview with the Susannah Wesley Community Center as a training site. This assignment allowed Chong to work with children and assist program leaders in the classroom.

Chong regained her self-confidence and as a result, was able to secure part-time employment with Bloomingdale’s at Ala Moana as a Sales Associate after less than a month as a Ho`omau Kūpuna trainee. As of today, Chong has successfully been employed for 90 days.


The Kūpuna Independent Life Series Returns for Spring 2020

HCAP’s Kūpuna Independent Life Series, which assists seniors 55 and older to “age in place” through health and wellness workshops, healthy breakfast and lunch, and support groups, will return to two locations on Oahu for Spring 2020: Leeward and Windward. The thirteen-week series is a multi-generational effort to provide seniors, age 55 and older, with health education, support for living productive independent lives, and proactive civic engagement.

The time and locations for Spring 2020 are as follows:

HCAP Leeward District Service Center
85-555 Farrington Highway
Waianae, HI 96792
Thursdays from 8:00am – 1:30pm
January 23, 2020 to April 23, 2020
Contact Number: 696-4261

HCAP Windward District Service Center
Hau`ula Civic Center
54-010 Kukuna Road
Hau’ula, HI 96717
Wednesdays from 8:00am – 12:00pm
January 29, 2020 to April 29, 2020
Contact Number: 239-5754


Nā Lima Hana Participant Secures Employment as Call Center Operator

Shyna was first introduced to HCAP’s Leahi District Service Center through Salvation Army Women’s Way program. After being out of the workforce for more than six months, Shyna was excited about the assistance offered through HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program.

Upon enrollment in the ECS Program, Leahi District Service Center staff helped Shyna to set career goals and go over basic employment skills (e.g. completing a job application, conducting a job search). Leahi District Service Center staff also conducted a resume writing workshop, which helped Shyna update her resume, and a mock interview session, which built up Syna’s self-esteem and confidence.

Since moving out of Women’s Way in mid-December, Shyna has been submitting various job applications and has been to several interviews. She was happy to report that she is starting a part-time position as call center operator with the University of Hawaii Federal Credit Union on January 16th. Shyna appreciates the help that HCAP has provided in helping her get back into the workforce. Leahi District Service Center Community Worker Christine will continue to follow up with Shyna on her journey to self-sufficiency.


HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start Selects Drawings for 2020 Calendar

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Every year, the children of HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start are given the opportunity to enter the annual calendar contest by putting their artistry skills to work. Choosing from an overwhelming amount of beautiful drawings from such gifted little artists is never an easy task.

Twelve drawings were selected and will be recognized at the next Head Start Policy Council Meeting. Thank you to all of the students who submitted drawings for the 2020 HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start calendar.