HCAP WEEKLY JULY 20, 2020

Despite Setbacks Due to COVID-19, Nā Lima Hana Client Works Toward Self-Sufficiency
Weatherization Assistance Program Helps to Reduce Energy Bills
Early Head Start Keiki Reach Developmental Milestones Over the Summer Months
Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Students Build Tensegrity Towers!


Despite Setbacks Due to COVID-19, Nā Lima Hana Client Works Toward Self-Sufficiency

Photo of Tempest ECS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals and families are facing unanticipated hardships. When Tempest decided to move back to Hawaii from Washington State, she had a job lined up with an airline company. Unfortunately, her arrival in Hawaii occurred shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic and her job with the airline fell through. Because Tempest was unable to find another employment opportunity or qualify for unemployment benefits, she had to depend on friends for support and housing. And as the statewide shutdown continued to get extended, Tempest was forced to use all of her savings.

Despite the turn of events, Tempest was determined to get back on her feet and contacted HCAP’s Windward District Service Center. With the help of the Windward District Service Center staff, Tempest enrolled in the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program and completed the job readiness training course via phone and email. She also received a generous supply of hygiene items as well as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce boxes. Meanwhile, Tempest quickly sent out her resume and submitted job applications. It wasn’t long before she obtained employment with Home Depot and received another possible job opportunity at a local bank. With the help of the Nā Lima Hana Program, Tempest will also receive work attire for her new job.

Tempest has many goals and aspirations for the future. She knows that finding employment is just the first stepping stone towards achieving self-sufficiency and rebuilding her savings. Although the COVID-19 pandemic may have changed her plans, as it has for many individuals and families, Tempest is doing everything she can to ensure a brighter future for herself. Tempest continues to work closely with HCAP’s Windward District Service Center to work towards her goals.


Weatherization Assistance Program Helps to Reduce Energy Bills

When ‘Ed’ first came to HCAP, he had intended to apply for HCAP’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Unfortunately, Ed missed the deadline and was unable to apply for LIHEAP because he was going through separation issues with his spouse. Instead, Ed was introduced to the Weatherization Assistance Program through the Leahi District Service Center. Ed was excited to learn about the Weatherization Assistance Program’s services and he hopes that the program will help him reduce his energy bills and help him to get back on his feet. “I’m praying the Weatherization Assistance Program helps me with finances,” Ed told the district staff. “Now that I’m on my own, I’m going to need all the assistance I can get. I hope this is the start of something new.”

HCAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) helps low-income households reduce their energy consumption and costs. This is achieved through a home energy audit plus household-specific energy efficiency tips and education, and a selection of cost-effective energy efficient measures. All these services are provided free of charge. Please email hcapwap@hcapweb.org if you are interested in the program.


Early Head Start Keiki Reach Developmental Milestones Over the Summer Months

HCAP’s Early Head Start keiki and families have continued their distance learning throughout the summer. Early Head Start keiki range in age from birth to three years old, so there are many developmental milestones that are reached in short periods of time. Our Early Head Start Home Visitors work closely with parents to recommend activities that will encourage social-emotional learning, connection building, and development. Other activities focus on gross and fine motor development, physical development, language acquisition, and cognitive development. Our Kaneohe and Honolulu Early Head Start families are making the best of the summer months and integrating some much needed developmental activities into their daily routines.


Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Students Build Tensegrity Towers!

This week the students of the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program received another free STEM Kit! The STEM kit contained the materials needed to build their own tensegrity towers. The tensegrity tower was constructed using wooden sticks and rubber bands. During their morning session, the students built the first level of the tower. Through careful construction, the students were able to see their towers spring to life as they cut away the rubber bands! In the afternoon, the students added a second level to their tower. Some of the towers were even taller than the students! The students also asked questions and learned quite a bit about the history of tensegrity towers.

The Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, a Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center, provides students with the opportunity to learn about STEM through fun and interactive lessons. If you are interested in learning more about the program, email: hcapstem@hcapweb.org.